Aspen Ruggerfest and Sun Sets in Snowmass Art Show

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Chris Klug

The beginning of Fall is finally approaching! Gorgeous colors are starting to fill the Roaring Fork Valley, and the trendy “leaf-peeping” is about to be in full swing. Check out these exciting events featuring the stunning fall backdrop!

 

Aspen Ruggerfest returns this weekend. The tournament is a rich piece of recent Aspen history. A local ski instructor, Steve Sherlock, and a friend started the tournament when Wagner Park was an unkempt field filled with litter. In exchange for a permit to host a rugby tournament over Columbus Day weekend, Sherlock promised City Council he would clean up the field. Sherlock recruited local athletes, most of whom had never played rugby prior to the tournament, and put up makeshift goal posts. Fifteen teams showed up to play in the inaugural tournament, and a local tradition was born.

 

Three years later, the temporary posts were replaced with Spruce trees cut down from Aspen Highlands and carried to town by horses. Recently, the annual tournament was moved to the third week of September to avoid playing in the snow- which is absolutely possible in October! Now in its 52nd year, the tournament spans over four days with Men’s, Women’s, Seniors’, and Kids’ brackets held at Rio Grande and Wagner Parks. The main attraction is the Men’s Final on Sunday, September 22nd at 4pm in Wagner Park. For more information and a complete bracket, head to http://aspen-ruggerfest.com/

 

In between Rugby matches, head up to Snowmass to check out the Sun Sets in September Art Show in Snowmass Base Village. This free event on Saturday, September 21st from 6-10pm features sixteen local artists showcasing their work in all different types of media, including graffiti and sculpture. Enjoy food and drinks for purchase from local restaurants, the Village Tavern and Venga Venga. The best part? A percentage of proceeds from each art sale will go to Challenge Aspen, a local nonprofit. 

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Another gorgeous Fall weekend is upon us, and it is once again full of enjoyable events! Off season is slowly approaching, and the gorgeous golden colors are starting to appear. There is still plenty to do as the seasons turn.

 

Starting September 12th through the 15th, Lead with Love hosts their Aspen Retreat at the Aspen Meadows Resort. This popular event is centered around restorative workshops, yoga, and mediation. The retreat also features adventures in and around Aspen, farm to table meals, biking, and even forest bathing! To register and learn more about this retreat, visit https://ileadwithlove.org/aspen2019

 

One of Snowmass Village’s most popular Fall events is this weekend. Since 1991, the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village has been hosting the Snowmass Wine Festival. The Wine Festival has grown from just the Grand Tasting to a weekend-long event including an exclusive Wine Dinner. This year’s Wine Dinner at the Viceroy Hotel has sold out, but there are still tickets available to the Grand Tasting, on Saturday September 14th! (https://www.snowmasswinefestival.com/) Enjoy the changing fall colors and some of the best views of Snowmass Village from Town Park while sipping wine and savoring delicious bites from various local restaurants. There will be over 35 wineries represented, plus six distilleries for those who don’t prefer wine. Some of our favorite featured restaurants include Home Team BBQ, Il Poggio, Jimmy’s, The Edge, and Toro. Stop by these booths early to get the best portion size, and before they run out of yummy food! In case wine, food, and great views weren’t enticing enough, partake in the stocked silent auction featuring local art, goods, and wine from the participating vendors. This event is a local’s favorite, don’t miss out! 

 

After the Grand Tasting, head up to Snowmass Base Village for the Aspen Snowmass Motoring Classic. Come check out this car show from 9am-12pm on Sunday, September 15th. Swoon over luxury cars from Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, Audi, Corvette, and Viper. This year, the Ducati Club of Denver will be showcasing 30 different types of motorcycles. The best part? This event is FREE and family-friendly. 

 

Some may say off season is here, but it sure doesn’t feel like it! Enjoy the weekend!

 

 

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Happy End of Summer! After a jam-packed Labor Day weekend with beautiful weather and awesome music, we are ready for fall, and even looking forward to winter! 

This past Wednesday, Aspen Chamber Resort Association hosted their annual event the Afternoon Blend at the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. Aspen Skiing Company officials spoke to the local business crowd about the past, memorable winter and the upcoming winter season. 

Last season was the longest recorded season at Aspen, with 168 days. Two people logged 167 skier days. One skier, not a patroller, logged 115 Highlands Bowl laps. Skier visits at all four mountains were up 20% from last season. Wow! Beyond all of these impressive records, Aspen Skiing Company made history by joining the Ikon Pass last season. This season, Premier Passholders will also have the base Ikon Pass. Passholders must redeem this benefit online by December 12th. 

Winter is quickly approaching (only 83 days until ski season!), but there are still plenty of fun ways to enjoy the gorgeous Fall season in Aspen Snowmass. This weekend is filled with classic and soon-to-be classic events in Snowmass. 

The 44th annual Snowmass Balloon Festival kicks off on Friday, September 6th. Each morning from 7-10am, over 30 hot air balloons will be on display and launching from Town Park. Balloon Night Glow, the festival’s most popular event, is tonight. Stop by Town Park between 6-9pm to see the balloons all lit up against the night sky, kids activities, pilot games, and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors. 

The 2nd annual Cidermass is also this weekend on the Snowmass Village Mall from 1-4pm. Taste hard ciders from over 20 different vendors and enjoy a (hopefully) beautiful fall day. Tickets are available online for $35 or $45 day of and include the tasting plus your own glass.

After Cidermass, take the Skittles Gondola down to Snowmass Base Village to enjoy Snowmass Septemberfest from 4-7pm. Kids and adults alike can enjoy lawn games and activities, plus face painters, a bouncy house, and a petting zoo- just for kids! Enjoy food and beverages from Base Village restaurants, peruse local vendors showcasing and selling goods- there is truly something for everyone at this awesome FREE event! 

 

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Labor Day 2019 in Aspen Snowmass

Posted on August 28, 2019 by Chris Klug

Happy Labor Day weekend from Aspen Snowmass! It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to be outside and check out all the fun events. I am most excited for the JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience. The three-day music festival is one of the most anticipated and one of my favorite events of the summer! The 2019 lineup includes Weezer & Portugar on Friday. John Mayer, Luke Combs and ZZ Ward on Saturday and Sting, H.E.R & Turkauz on Sunday. Listen to great music and enjoy food from local vendors. Hike up Aspen Mountain on Sunday for lunch and bluegrass music at the Sundeck from 12:00-3:00 PM. The Motherlode Volleyball Classic is another fun event this weekend. Some of the best volleyball players from around the world participate in this three-day tournament, which has been held in our town for 37 years now. On Monday, check out the 8th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival at Ajax Tavern. Enjoy great food, music, dancing and more! Have fun, be safe and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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Five Ways to Food & Wine Without a Pass by Katie Shapiro

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Chris Klug

The annual FOOD & WINE Classic (June 14-16) is undoubtedly Aspen’s tastiest… and toughest ticket of the summer. Now in its 37th year, more than 5,000 foodies will descend upon the downtown core to indulge in the three-day culinary celebration. The Grand Tasting Pavilion is the epicenter of the festival, with endless food and wine tastings, while lively cooking demonstrations, interactive seminars and panel discussions are held at additional venues. Snowmass Village plays host to a tour stop from Cochon555, an ongoing series of authentic, hyper-local food events in 15 cities across the country focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs. It is unaffiliated with the Classic, but is always a cornerstone of the weekend. The Food & Wine Classic pass has a $1,700 price tag and access is exclusive. But, if you’re a local sans pass or decide on a last-minute weekend getaway, you can still be a part of the action with open-to-the-public events added into the mix of other unofficial festivities. Here are five ways to Food & Wine without a pass:

Heitz Cellar Legacy Dinner

Friday, June 14, 7 p.m., Element 47 at The Little Nell

This evening brings a trio of wine industry titans together for a meal not-to-be-missed. It  includes the return of former Little Nell Wine Director Carlton McCoy, in his new role as the CEO of Heitz Cellar, joined by the estate’s winemaker, Brittany Sherwood. Together, they will guide guests on a journey through the decades of the classic wines of Heitz Legacy Collection and share details about the history of The Heitz Cellar, which was founded in 1961 by Joe Heitz whose objective was to make California’s most elegant, well balanced and pure Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. The evening will be anchored by a seasonal tasting menu from Element 47’s executive chef Matt Zubrod. $1,200, thelittlenell.com

Rustic Grind  

Thursday, June 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Snowmass Base Village

The annual Snowmass Free Concert Series has again teamed up with Cochon555 for an ultimate al fresco evening on Fanny Hill to kick-off Food and Wine Classic festivities. Pairing musical guests SEE-I Reggae Funkmasters with culinary experiences curated by the dynamic team behind Heritage Fire. Nationally-acclaimed chefs along with local all-stars, Kyle Wilkins of Home Team BBQ and Michael Coco of Snowmass Tourism, will be loading up wood-fired grills with heritage breed sausages paired with artisanal wines and hand-crafted cocktails from El Tesoro Tequila and Courvoisier. $40 wristband (all-inclusive), free (music only), cochon555.com

Food & Wine Classic 5K Charity Race

Friday, June 14, 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., Rio Grande Park

Earn those extra calories for later during this early morning jaunt through downtown Aspen with your favorite foodies. Proceeds from registration benefit both the Jacques Pépin Foundation and Wholesome Wave, the national non-profit dedicated to supporting small and midsize farms, and making fresh, healthy, locally grown produce available to underserved communities. This year’s fun run is hosted by chefs Richard Blais, Stephanie Izard, and Michel Nischan. $35 (advance), $45 (on site), foodandwine.com

 

Heritage Fire

Saturday, June 15, 4:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Snowmass Base Village

This epic live-fire feast showcases local pitmasters Andrew Helsley (Aspen Skiing Company), Jim Butchart (Aspen Skiing Company), Eddy Chimal (Venga Venga), Alberto Figueroa (Viceroy Snowmass), Kyle Wilkins (Home Team BBQ), Jason DeBacker (The Edge Restaurant) and Dan Foster (Westin Snowmass) along with more than 50 notable others chefs and butchers who go nose to tail on 3,500 pounds of heritage breed meats en plein-air with plenty of wine and cocktails to wash it all down. $150 (general admission), $200 (VIP), cochon555.com

Farewell Feast: Best New Restaurants

Sunday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Hotel Jerome

Each year, Food & Wine editors embark on an epic year-long road trip, traveling the country in search of America’s most exciting, important and delicious new restaurants. The July 2019 issue of Food & Wine officially reveals the exceptional list, but this culmination of the festival will welcome the winning chefs themselves to offer up a once-in-a-lifetime walk-around tasting for guests—all at the historic Hotel Jerome. $150, foodandwine.com

For the complete schedule, visit: classic.foodandwine.com and cochon555.com and follow all of the action on social media @foodandwine / #fwclassic and @cochon555 / #heritagefire. For lucky pass-holders, don’t forget to download the official Food & Wine Classic app to help you navigate the tents.

Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's Elevated Living Blog

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Gearing Up for a Fantastic 2019 Summer in Aspen/Snowmass

Posted on June 7, 2019 by Chris Klug

Mud season blues got you down?  Think again!

Winter has passed, yet summer is still just over the horizon.  While it may seem like a difficult time of year to get outdoors and enjoy all the fun-filled activities Aspen-Snowmass has to offer, spring is actually the most unique time of year in our beautiful valley to combine some of our favorite sports!

Have you ever skied and played golf in the same day?  Skied and biked?  It’s a rare few who can lay claim to the spring sport trifecta of skiing, golfing, AND biking in one seriously epic day.  Aspen Mountain will be opening again for the weekend of 6/8 - 6/9 and rumors are swirling about potentially opening over Food and Wine weekend as well… we’ll have to take advantage of our multi-sport days while we can!

With the recent openings of Maroon Lake and Independence Pass, those who are slightly less ambitious can go for a leisurely yet stunning drive through the lush green of the valley floor up into the white-capped peaks of winter.  Zip on up to the top of Independence Pass and watch the backcountry skiers rip up some spring corn snow, or take a drive up to the Maroon Bells to view some of the avalanche paths that carved their way across the road during this record-breaking winter.  Swaths of trees hundreds of yards long were flattened in some of the larger avalanche paths- it’s a truly unique sight that you don’t want to miss.

Whatever adventures you chose to pursue this “mud season,” make sure you save some time for a casual stroll around town.  While the people watching isn’t yet quite as entertaining as it will be in July, the puppy watching is on point!  Keep an eye out for the cute little fuzz balls wagging their tails around the walking malls.

Skiing, golfing, biking, and puppies!  Spring just might be the best time of year in Aspen-Snowmass!

 

 

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Seven Star Trail Now Open for the 2019 Season

Posted on May 17, 2019 by Chris Klug

The new Snowmass trail, Seven Star, is now open! This is an intermediate/moderate trail, approximately 4 miles long with 960 feet of elevation change that you can hike, run, and mountain bike. It is adjacent to Sky Mountain Park and links to the North Rim Trail. You will have to leave your furry friends at home for this one, as dogs are not allowed. I can’t wait to get out and ride this fantastic trail. I hope to see you on your bike!

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Spring has sprung, albeit in between bouts of snow, with May's flowers in full bloom. And if you stop to smell the roses around Aspen's downtown core, chances are the team behind Busy Beavers Gardening planted them.

Longtime locals Arabella Thoyts-Beavers and Jason Beavers co-founded their business more than 15 years ago and since then, have brought boundless beauty to the community through creative colorful, custom gardens large and small.

Their biggest undertaking is in the form of the famed "Living Wall" at The Little Nell, where Arabella also serves as the resident gardener. Now in its fifth season, the Beaver's are putting the finishing touches on the massive, poolside installation.

Born and raised in Great Britain, Arabella uses her background in traditional English gardening in the way she approaches every project. It was at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, which she attends every spring, where she originally learned about living walls. In 2014, she came back with an idea for The Little Nell to cover up its concrete façade.

Working with Botany Lane in Denver, Arabella and Jason oversee the growth of the flower and plant mural in six separate panels. Upon completion, it will be sent up to Aspen on a flatbed truck for the Busy Beavers Gardening team to carefully position the 24-by-6 foot work of art in place.

Each year, Arabella dreams up a different theme and this year, the Living Wall is a celebration of color as it mimics a rainbow. Officially titled "Over the Rainbow," Arabella explains, "The bands of colors arc just like a rainbow would. The design inspiration came from my love of color and one of my favorite contemporary artists, Zhuang Hong Yi, whose work I noticed in the Opera Gallery and immediately saw the next Living Wall in it. His portrayal and understanding of flowers and color are blended together to create incredible beauty."

“We will be using more dahlias that we have specially grown, as well as many popular Colorado natives such as the state flower, the columbine. We are also going to show a wonderful display of shade tolerant annuals such as begonias in our hillside shade gardens that will be just stunning," she adds.

The Little Nell's marvelous gardens are just one of fifteen North American Relais & Châteaux properties featured in a recently published coffee table book, The Art of the Garden, by Rizzoli. The gorgeous collection of images, food and drink recipes and stories connects each chapter with its surroundings and is available in the Little Nell’s in-house boutique ($55).

"Jason and I and our entire team are so proud to work with The Little Nell — Simon Chen (General Manager) has encouraged us to look at new global ideas and innovation in gardening, enabling us to bring them to life in our little piece of paradise. I don't know any other ski town in the world that has world-class gardens like Aspen."

"Over the Rainbow" is slated to debut the week of June 3 when the surrounding gardens and new herbaceous border garden will also be in full bloom. Guided by Arabella herself, The Little Nell also hosts complimentary, weekly garden tours every Friday at 4:00 p.m. from June 21 through August 30 — the perfect way to inspire ideas for your own home.

Until then, we asked Arabella for her top 5 tips for home gardeners:

  1. SUN VS. SHADE

"Putting the right plants in the right aspect is essential. Always be aware of where the sun or shade lies around your garden and never put a sun-loving plant in a shady aspect or vice versa. The right plants thrive in the right place."

  1. SOLID SOIL

"It's key to have good soil amendments whether through composting or other organic materials like manure or sulfur. We are lucky to live in a region very rich in clay soil, which makes plants and flowers very happy, too!"

  1. WHEN TO WATER

"Be very mindful of the times of day when you are watering. With water becoming more scarce and with the danger of wildfire that we saw last season, always water in the early morning and late evening hours. And NEVER water during the middle of the day when the heat of the sun is the strongest. It causes the water to evaporate and can burn flowers and plants."

  1. PEAKING PLANTS

"Knowing the mature height of your plants before you plant them is important. You don't want to put plants that have the potential to be tall in the front and realize it when it's too late. Tier and layer your plants accordingly."

  1. GO ORGANIC

"Last and most important to us at Busy Beavers Gardening is being green. We are incredibly proud to be as organic as we possibly can. Chemical-based products like Roundup and pesticides should never be used in a garden … and just because a product claims it's innate doesn't mean it's not doing damage to the earth. Every time a chemical is put into the ground, there are serious repercussions for songbirds and animals and us. The fewer chemicals in our environment the better. Physically pulling weeds out of the ground is my philosophy! An amazing local resource is Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel, which has a huge selection of organic alternatives and super helpful staff to help you choose what's right for your garden."

For more information visit bbgaspen.com and thelittlenell.com.

Blog credit to Katie Shapiro, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's Elevated Living Blog

Photo Credit: Jeremy Swanson

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Spring 2019 Off Season Happenings

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Chris Klug

Happy May from Aspen! It is definitely springtime in the Rockies! We have had rain, snow and sunshine all in the same day! This summer is going to be lush and beautiful. While we are in the process of gearing up for a busy summer selling season, it has been nice to take advantage of the quiet off season here in Aspen Snowmass, which is one of Aspen’s best kept secrets. Stop by the Black Saddle in Snowmass Village to watch some live music featuring the Gary Quist Band. Play an round of golf at the Aspen Golf Course while they have their off season rates! Meat & Cheese Restaurant is offering 15% off everything on the menu. Grab happy hour or a patio dinner and take advantage of this spring secret! For some rest and relaxation, O2 Aspen is featuring specials on massages, facials, yoga and Pilates. Another favorite event is Ride for the Pass on May 18th. The road bike race goes up Independence Pass and benefits the Independence Pass Foundation’s restoration work on the Pass. Rain or shine there is always something to do. I hope to see you out and about!

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Four Favorite Annual Off-Season Getaways by Katie Shapiro

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Chris Klug

Spring has officially sprung and most Aspen Snowmass locals are already feeling the itch for some much-needed rest and relaxation. For full-timers — especially real estate brokers — the winter months bring the busiest days during often never-ending work weeks. As soon as the lifts stop spinning, the majority of ski town dwellers take an annual sojourn in the sun.

Whether it’s for the entire off-season (aka “mud season”) or just a long weekend escape, we asked four Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty team members to share their go-to getaways along with their favorite spots to eat, drink, stay and play to inspire any pending travel plans:

MOAB, UTAH

Sean de Moraes, Broker Associate

Why you love it:

We have been traveling to Moab every spring since the mid-‘90s and usually make it a long weekend. Moab is the perfect distance for a quick road trip once the snow starts to melt off and the skiing starts to get marginal. It offers a ton of outdoor activities after a long winter, such as mountain biking, hiking, jeeping, and rafting. It’s a bit of a home away from home feeling, because it is so common to run into a ton of people you know from the Roaring Fork Valley and other Colorado ski areas. You’ll be biking along a trail, having dinner at a local restaurant and you can pretty much count on seeing someone you know between the April and May months.

Stay:

There are so many great places to stay. If you are looking for smaller, there are a number of hotels, but the best thing to do is grab a group of friends and head down to Rim Village condos adjacent to the "Old Spanish Trail Arena." If you’re camping and want to get away, stop by Willow Springs and do some mountain biking on the Klonzo trails north of town or rally the side by sides in the sand washes.

Eat:

Nothing beats a grilled steak campside, but if you want to head into town to fight the crowds, stop by Pasta Jay’s for some Italian, Sabaku Sushi for a roll (yes, it’s good!), but don’t miss Jailhouse Café for Sunday breakfast and grab a side of their famous thick cut bacon!

Drink:

Need to grab a beer to cool down after a long day on the trail? Check out Moab’s only brewery, Moab Brewery, or Eddie McStiff's, both located on Main street. Don’t wait around before you head over as it can get pretty crowded in the late afternoons/early evenings.

Play:

Everyone talks about the famous Hells Revenge for jeeping and the Slick Rock mountain biking trail, and they are a must for any first-timer. However, there are countless trails around to escape the crowds too. Some of my personal favorites for jeeping are Metal Masher, Golden Spike, and Cliff Hanger but be prepared to challenge your driving skills and be sure to always bring a friend. For mountain biking, check out the Klonzo Trail area or shuttle up to Mag 7 or Porcupine Rim and get some epic downhill riding in.

Pro tips:

Weekdays are less crowded, drink lots of water, never go alone anywhere, respect the trails at all times and watch for the Highway Patrol guys between I-70 and town!

PUNTA MITA, MEXICO

Lucy Nichols, CNE, CRS, GRI Broker Associate

Why you love it:

We have been vacationing here for 20 years now for one or two weeks in the spring when the weather is great, and the water is more bracing. Punta Mita has grown up in the years we’ve been visiting. While it was very rustic in 1999, it now offers fine dining, luxury lodging, multiple golf courses, bike trails and such, especially “inside the gate” of the Punta Mita Resort. There is still an authentic “local” element of real Mexico and culture available to those who venture beyond the Resort as we do — a French patisserie is tucked into a back street, fresh margaritas at the Surf Shack along a dusty road to Sayulita, hiking trails to mountain tops overlooking the ocean, tiny towns with fewer than 100 residents where the freshest oysters can be had and ancient Indian petroglyphs deep in the forest. The people are welcoming and willing to entertain my lousy Spanish with a smile! The Resort and old town Punta de Mita are all accessed by golf cart, no need to ever get in your car! An important distinguishing factor is the security — it’s very safe.

Stay:

The St. Regis or the Four Seasons are both gorgeous resorts. There are also many private homes and estates available to rent — perfect for extended vacation stays.      

Eat:

Just about anywhere on-property at either resort. If going out on the town, we love Babellas, Sufito and Mercedes.

Drink:

The jalapeño margaritas at Mercedes are a must! And many resorts and restaurants offer tequila tastings.

Shop:

You’ll find amazing and authentic artisan shops along the streets in old town Punta de Mita. We also like to sightsee and shop in nearby towns like Sayulita.

Play:

Like Aspen, there are more choices to adventure than time to do it all! Our days are spent paddle boarding, biking, sea kayaking and surfing followed by yoga on the beach. There are also two signature Jack Nicklaus golf courses in the area and plenty of tennis and pickleball courts. Vallarta Adventures offers an amazing zip lining experience. And be sure to book a special whale watching excursion with a local guide when in-season (December - March).

MAUI, HAWAII

Evan F. Boenning, CRS, MRE Broker Associate

Why you love it:

For the past four years, we’ve gone to Hawaii for two weeks in the spring. I love Maui and discovered that the weather in Lahaina is better than other areas of the island. The town is lively and there’s always something exciting going on, and it also has some of the best beaches in the area.

Stay:

Hyatt Residence Club's Ka'anapali Beach Resort is like a home away from home. It’s a luxury yet low-key place that’s smaller than most of the area resorts, which we like, and all of the units have views of the ocean.

Eat:

We like to go to the local fish market up the street and then cook out on the grill, but there are many great restaurants in the area. Duke’s Beach House and the Hula Grill are two restaurants owned by the same group — we love them both for the casual atmosphere, great food and live music on most nights. The Monkeypod is another interesting place to eat in Whaler’s Village.

Drink:

Rum! And happy hour at Duke’s Beach House with Chet Winchester is always a good time.

Play:

We play a lot of golf at The Plantation Course at Kapalua. We love walking along the boardwalk for miles with our grandchildren and taking them in the ocean and pool at the resort.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Andrew Roberts, Broker Associate

Why you love it:

I have been traveling to the beach areas of Southern California ever since I moved away from the Los Angeles area back in 1991. For the most part, it has been a trip that never gets missed, as I am typically quite ready to get my feet out of my ski boots and into the sand by the end of March. My trips to the coast usually last just over a week, which gives me the opportunity to both visit the beaches and sneak in a two day trip to central California with a stay at Ragged Point. The diversity of southern and central California, from the incredible beaches to the world-class wine country are truly inspirational. In my mind, it's a timeless way to kick off the spring by indulging in truly exquisite food and wine while taking in the incomparable beaches.

Stay:

As a person of habit and for a bit of nostalgia, I usually check into the Beach House, a boutique hotel in Hermosa Beach that is literally on the beach! Only a 15-minute drive from LAX, this hotel is at the center of it all.

Eat:

For upscale dining, I cannot recommend enough FWD, short for “Fishing with Dynamite,” where Chef David LeFevre delivers anincredible, locally sourced cuisine experience that is both sophisticated and timeless. My personal favorite, however, is El Tarasco, an enduring and discreet locals spot that serves up some of the tastiest Mexican food you have ever experienced, on the cheap! The extra top secret part about El Tarasco is the garden area just up the stairs from the street where you can enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean while enjoying your life changing food. For breakfast, and only steps from the Beach House hotel, Good Stuff never disappoints and is a great spot to take in the views and crush some well-earned pancakes after an early morning surf. Moving up the coast, the Ragged Point Inn and Resort is undeniably one of the most captivating spots on this planet. The resort boasts infinite views of the rugged central coast that are sure to captivate your soul! Along the way, stop off at Taco Temple in Morro Bay for the absolute freshest seafood tacos imaginable.

Drink:

Stop off at Laetitia Vineyard, 2 minutes off of the route to Ragged Point, just off the 101 highway and taste a few great glasses of California wine.

Play:

I would highly recommend taking in a show at the local Comedy and Magic Club, a local institution that attracts an incredible amount of talent. On our last visit, Jerry Seinfeld dropped in for a set! What an experience! If you are a history buff, or want to experience one of the most refined and sophisticated mansions ever created, save a few hours for a visit to Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Now a National Historic Landmark, it was conceived and built by William Randolph Hearst, the publishing tycoon, and his architect Julia Morgan.

Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's Elevated Living Blog

 

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