Posted on February 28, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday! It’s another perfect bluebird day in Aspen Snowmass, with more to come this weekend as well as snow in Saturday night’s forecast. With spring weather practically upon us and chair lifts spinning, it may feel like winter is coming to a close. This is hardly the case. Read on for exciting events happening this weekend!
Big Wild, a local favorite, is playing at Belly Up this Friday night at 9:30pm. Big Wild is an electronic artist with his hit songs “When I Get There,” “Show Me” and “6’s to 9’s” brings “funk guitar, synth-pop sheen and disco house hooks at every turn”(Billboard) on his new album ‘Superdream.’ This show is sold out, but if you have friends or can find someone at the door- definitely check it out. For more information, head over to www.bellyupaspen.com
2020 is a Leap Year, and what better way to commemorate than Audi Power of Four and Power of Two Ski Mountaineering race series. The Audi Power of Four Race Series is a premier endurance race series utilizing the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains. Each race is designed to test the limits and skills of both elite and recreational athletes. The Power of Four Sport Division has a 6:00 AM race start in Snowmass Base Village. The Power of Two Rec Division begins at 8:00 AM at the base of Aspen Highlands. For more information and registration, go to www.aspensnowmass.com
If you’re not too exhausted from Power of Four (participating or supporting), enjoy Sunday funday back at Belly Up Aspen, this time with G. Love and Special Sauce. This alternative hip-hop trio blends “old-school blues and jazz into modern-alterna-hip-hop” (AllMusic) and brings their new album “The Juice.” Tickets are still available at www.bellyupaspen.com
Have a great Leap Day weekend!
Posted on February 21, 2020 by Katie Shapiro
With a new year underway, many of the interior design trends that have had a strong footprint in the Roaring Fork Valley in the recent past — think mountain modern and monochromatic grey on grey palettes — are already on their way out. And while many of us are still focused on New Year’s resolutions dedicated to personal refreshes, the dawn of a new decade is also the perfect time to consider updating your home. Whether you’re contemplating a one room revamp or embarking on a new property project, we tapped five of the leading local interior design experts to share what’s caught their eye most and what clients are asking for in 2020:
OPEN FLOOR PLANS, WARMER TONES
Kristin Dittmar Doremus
Kristin Dittmar Design
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The main changing trend I’m seeing is adding shades of brown. As a designer, I am seeing that more people are interested in warmer tones and a beige/brown finish provides comfort and coziness to a home. Especially looking at flooring, a natural wood finish is just so beautiful and adds warmth to a home. Clients tend to like open floor plans; we have been remodeling a lot of homes and an open floor plan is almost a must. I think people like it because it makes a home more welcoming. Instead of each room being designed for a single task, these spaces are now used for multiple activities and users are able spend time together as a family and entertain guests. 616 E. Hyman Ave., Suite 201, Aspen, 970.300.4688, KristinDittmarDesign.com
Luis Menendez Architecture: Photo by Patricia Martinez Arquitetura
We have been getting more requests from clients for amenities usually found in spas. The requests are an extension of current lifestyle choices that have a greater focus on health and wellness. Our approach to meeting these new found interests is multifaceted and the features we are incorporating in many of the new projects take different forms. Many of our designs now contain a fitness room that accommodates a variety of exercise equipment and space for yoga. Dedicated massage rooms, designed to enhance a relaxing experience, allows for a getaway within the home. While steam rooms are still the preferred sauna type in our environment, dry heat saunas are making a comeback and we have incorporated them in two recent projects. Indoor swimming pools and indoor multi-person whirlpools are also popular, along with cold plunge pools. Indoor air quality is also essential to enhancing the wellness aspect of the interiors. Selecting finishes and furnishings made of natural materials with low VOC finishes is critical to preserving the air quality. To further enhance the air quality at our high altitude, there is now the option of using central oxygen delivery systems. Blackout shades to promote better and longer sleep are the new standard in every bedroom. 715 W. Main St., Suite 104, Aspen, 970.544.4851, MenendezArchitects.com
FUN WITH WALLPAPER
Each space we design is unique and personal to each client. We love getting to know our clients and helping their mountain home come to life. An interior design trend we are having fun with is the addition of wallpaper in spaces to add visual interest, layer in texture and be playful in the space. The wallpaper we all remember growing up has been replaced with inspiring designs and textures. The wallpaper of yesteryear was a commitment that was very hard to remove if you got tired of the design and pattern. Now, Benjamin Moore has a new primer that makes wallpaper easy to remove should you decide to change the design or function of a space, thus making the wallpaper experience way more fun. 530 Basalt Ave., Basalt, 970.927.6556, CathersHome.com
Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors
Courtesy Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors
We at Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors see a turning towards the modern looks that are coming from Europe. Sleek, high performance kitchens; modern furniture that is comfortable to sit on, not just cool to look at in photographs; and amazing light fixtures. Our clients are embracing the idea that lights are the “jewelry of the home” and manufacturers are providing a vast array of interesting options. The materials and colors are being mixed more now than ever. We see two and even three metals combined gracefully into one fixture as designers are getting more bold in their use of materials. 418 E. Cooper Ave., Suite 201, Aspen, 970.925.2252, KimRaymondArchitects.com
John Rowland + Sarah Broughton
Rowland + Broughton
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Search “biophilia” and you’ll find references as far afield as Icelandic singer Björk’s album by that name, exploring the links between nature, music, and technology. Go deeper, and you’ll discover that psychoanalyst Erich Fromm popularized the term in the 1960s, coining “bio,” meaning “life” and “philia,” meaning “friendly feeling toward,” to describe the biological drive toward self-preservation. In the late 1970s, American biologist Edward O. Wilson expanded on the meaning, using it to describe “the rich natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.” Now you’ll find explanations and ruminations about biophilia as it relates to architecture and interior design today. Design firms worldwide, including Rowland + Broughton, are emphasizing the importance of connecting with the natural environment in their work. Encouraging personal well being by strengthening the indoor-outdoor connection in homes has become second nature, shall we say. Establishing an environment that is pleasing to the eye, soothing to the psyche, and physically comforting. As a concept, biophilic design may incorporate numerous elements and practices, such as:
- Providing direct connections to the outdoors via panoramic bifold door systems, terraces and decks
- Encouraging natural light through well-positioned windows, doors and skylights
- Utilizing natural materials, finishes and furnishings
- Incorporating the element of water by integrating natural streams or ponds, or designing water features and/or pools
- Incorporating the warming element of fire with the addition of fireplaces or firepits
- Creating abundant green areas, such as outdoor gardens and greenhouses or indoor living walls
The end result; healthy lifestyles, nurturing environments. 500 W. Main St., Aspen, 970.544.9006, RowlandandBroughton.com
Posted on February 13, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Valentines and Presidents weekend! We have you completely covered for the delicious decadence of Valentine’s Day, your intellectual and creative brain, as well as the need to blow off some steam during a long holiday weekend. Read on for all of the must-do’s (and eats!) in the days ahead.
Hoping to take out that special someone in your life but don’t know where to go? Check out these romantic restaurants perfect for Valentine’s Day! Snowmass Kitchen in the Westin in Snowmass Village is offering a three course meal, with three different seating times for $50 per person for the special occasion. This price includes a glass of sparkling wine. If you’re looking for an absolutely decadent meal, go to Mawa’s Kitchen located in the ABC. Enjoy a three course dinner for $85 per person featuring all of the romantic staples. Wine pairings can be added for an additional price of $45 per person. Named one of the top five most romantic restaurants in the country by Food Network, French Alpine Bistro in Aspen is the hot spot on Valentine’s Day. You do not want to miss their curated 4 course Valentine’s dinner menu, which is available for $175 per person with a wine pairing option. Visit www.eataspen.com for more information on these delicious Valentine’s dinners.
If you’re looking to delve into your creative side, take part in Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program: 2020 Winter Seminars. From an opening reception on Friday, February 14th and concluding Monday afternoon following the final seminar session, enjoy three four-hour seminar sessions with free time and morning activities. This year’s moderators include Thomas Chatterton Williams, José M. de Areilza, Dina Temple-Raston, and Harvey Rishikof. To learn more, go to www.aspeninstitute.org
Needing to burn a few calories for a good cause after all of the Valentine’s sweets? Enter the 8th Annual Ski for the Pass on Sunday, February 16th. This scenic 4.2 mile/ 7 km classic ski race starts at the Winter Gate on Independence Pass and ends at Lincoln Creek, and benefits the Independence Pass Foundation. For more details and registration information, please visit www.independencepass.org
Have a wonderful, safe, and happy long weekend!
Posted on February 7, 2020 by Chris Klug
Welcome back to Klug Properties’ blog and happy Friday! We are excited for another great winter weekend ahead. Have you ever wanted to experience Snowmass for a weekend, but have been overwhelmed on what to do? Don’t worry, we have you covered for this snowy weekend! Read on to discover the best of all things Snowmass!
There is something fun to do in Snowmass everyday. Anderson Ranch hosts Art Apres every day from 3:30-5pm. There is a fun and whimsical craft to do every day for children of all ages. Enjoy Happy Hour at Limelight Snowmass from 3-7pm every day! Do not miss out on the best pizza in town featuring drink specials. If you’re looking for something more, head over to the Artisan restaurant at the Stonebridge Inn for magic with the famous Doc Eason from 6-10pm. Be sure to try their fabulous winter menu!
This week, and through the weekend, is Snowmass Village Restaurant Week! Have you always wanted to try restaurants around the Village? This is the time to try! Plus, who doesn’t love a mid-winter restaurant week? From February 1st through the 9th, join participating restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials for $10, $20, and $40. Participating restaurants include Base Camp, Big Hoss, Big Munchies, Black Saddle, Grub Thai, Little Mammoth Steakhouse, Sake, Slice of Italy, Snowmass Lanes & Lounge, State 38, The Edge and Village Tavern. Check out www.eatsnowmass.com for more details.
If you’re hoping to get your heart rate pumping this weekend, enter the Owl Creek Chase. This race has been one of Colorado’s largest, premier cross-country ski races since 1985. This challenging course has everything a Colorado racer could want tough climbs, scenic views, thrilling descents and excellent snow conditions. The course starts at Snowmass Nordic Center and ends at the Aspen Nordic Center. There will be three starts at 9am, 9:30am and 10am for 21k classic race, 21k skate race, and 15k tour, respectively. For more information, head over to https://www.aspenrecreation.com/special-events/owl-creek-chase.
Have a great weekend, and Happy Powder Day!
Posted on January 31, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Super Bowl weekend from snowy Aspen Snowmass! We are in for a sunny and warm weather weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited. Before the big game on Sunday afternoon, there is plenty to do and see in Aspen Snowmass. Whether you’re in the competitive, family, or nostalgic spirit, we’ve got you covered for the weekend.
Looking for the perfect night time social activity? Head over to the Nordic Bonfire on Saturday, February 1st at 5:45pm for a truly one-of-a-kind event! This progressive dinner on skis benefits the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (www.teamavsc.org). Bring your own nordic ski gear or rent from the venue. Ski from stop to stop and enjoy food and beverages at each stop. The final stop will have live music! For more information and event registration, head over to AVSC’s website, www.teamavsc.org.
If you’re hoping to get your competitive side going this weekend, sign up for the Third Annual Fat Bike Race at Aspen Nordic Center. Racers must report to the course at 8am on Saturday morning, February 1st. There will be two divisions: 9am is the open division, where racers complete as many laps in 50 minutes, and the 10am division, where racers complete as many laps in 30 minutes. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded! For more information, go to https://www.aspenspecialevents.com/fat-bike/
While the Crystal Palace dinner theater is no longer, The Crystal Palace Revue is back for their annual two night show at the Wheeler Opera House. Do not miss classic broadway tunes and satirical interpretation of today’s headlines performed by Mead Metcalf and all of your favorite former waiters and waitresses. For tickets, head over to www.wheeleroperahouse.com
Have a great weekend!
Posted on January 24, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Winter XGames weekend! XGames 2020 returns to Buttermilk Mountain and Aspen this weekend. This is one of the greatest exhibitions in winter sports, right here in our backyard. Between all of the extreme sporting events, concerts at XGames and the Belly Up, apres ski parties, and deals- there is a lot going on. Here are the top three tips to XGames like a local.
- Beware of concert ticket scams! Most of the Belly Up XGames shows are sold out, except for Bazzi on Sunday night. For tickets, head over to www.bellyupaspen.com. If you were looking forward to Rae Sremmurd, Alesso, or Bazzi, there’s still a chance. These artists have double performances this weekend, at both the Belly Up and at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. For tickets to these shows, visit https://xgamesaspen.frontgatetickets.com.
- You don’t have to be at Buttermilk to enjoy XGames. Some locals will tell you the best view of XGames action is from your own couch or at a local restaurant on ESPN. The XGames extreme spirit is celebrated throughout downtown Aspen all weekend. Select restaurants are open later and offering this weekend only deals (www.eataspen.com). New to town this winter, Snow Lodge is bringing the music of XGames to the apres ski scene. Head over to their sunny deck at the base of Aspen Mountain to see big name artists, such as Sofi Tukker and St. Lucia for frea.
- Take the bus! Whether you’re going to the concerts at the base of Buttermilk, heading into the XGames arena for any event, or getting to downtown Aspen for after parties, take RFTA and special courtesy shuttles. New this year, there is a designated area for ridesharing across the street from Buttermilk. As most locals will tell you, the bus is the most efficient and preferred, not to mention free, mode of transportation. Check out www.rfta.com for bus schedules.
Have a safe and fun XGames weekend!
Posted on January 17, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy snowy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! With today’s snowstorm (hopefully) carrying into this evening, the weekend looks ideal for bluebird skiing! There are a lot of exciting events this weekend, and great opportunities to try Aspen’s hot new restaurants. Read on for all the activities you do not want to miss!
After a fabulous day on the slopes, check out Ullr Night at Elk Camp Restaurant in Snowmass Village. This winter wonderland party on select Friday nights during the winter season is in honor of Ullr, Norse God of Snow. Take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp for tubing, a raging fire with s’mores (of course), the Breathtaker alpine coaster, snowbiking, and delicious cuisine. Pro Tip- try the mac-n-cheese and prime rib, they’re absolutely heavenly on a cold winter night. For upcoming Ullr Night dates and more information, head over to www.aspensnowmass.com
This weekend welcomes back local favorite 5Point Film Festival at the Wheeler Opera House. 5Point curates programs rooted in the outdoors and the human experience with special guests adding an additional dimension of inspiration and stoke to the night. Rooted in five guiding “points”—Purpose, Respect, Commitment, Humility, and Balance—the non-profit is known for bringing people together in a unique and dynamic way to celebrate the outdoors and the people whose stories encourage us to find our best selves. Enjoy short films both Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th. For a full list of films, special guests, visit www.5pointfilm.org
The Aspen restaurant scene is offering some new options, as well as the return of an old favorite. Duemani is a new coastal Italian restaurant that took over Rustique’s old space, on the corner of Aspen’s infamous restaurant row. Their tostadas and aragosta pasta are not to be missed! New this season is Almresi in the Dancing Bear building. This intimate, Austrian restaurant is perfect for an authentic alpine dining experience. Back by popular demand, Over Easy is back with the same, favorite menu and a new location. Head over to the former Scarlett’s building for the traditional style “with a twist” breakfast, brunch, lunch and extensively creative cocktails! For more information on these and other Aspen restaurants, go to www.eataspen.com
Happy Long Weekend! Enjoy the beautiful winter weather!
Posted on January 10, 2020 by Chris Klug
Hello from Aspen Snowmass! This weekend is the 69th annual Wintersköl celebration in Aspen, Colorado. This four day event celebrates winter, and all that makes it so wonderful, in Aspen and Snowmass Village, as well as across all four mountains. There’s a lot going on this weekend- read on to learn more about the not-to-miss events of Wintersköl!
One of the highlight ongoing events of Wintersköl is WINTERSCULPT. Anderson Ranch Arts Center invites community members to team up and create freestanding sculptures from 8 foot by 8 foot snow cubes. Located on Mill Street Mall, teams work in this round-the-clock 48 hour competition. Once completed, sculptures are judged creativity, design concept, and technical execution by a panel of local art experts. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. There’s also a KIDSCULPT for all those creative kiddos! For more information on these contests and how to enter, go to www.andersonranch.org
Back by popular demand with a new twist, Soupsköl is back! Soupsköl 2.0 at SO Cafe in the Aspen Art Museum will feature soups from SO along with other guest restaurants, additional tasty bites and fabulous cocktails. This event will take place on Friday, January 10th from 4-6pm. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Head over to www.aspenartmuseum.com more information.
A classic summer event has crossed over! Yoga on the Mountain is back at Sundeck on Aspen Mountain. Take a peaceful ride up the Silver Queen Gondola for a rejuvenating yoga class geared towards winter sport enthusiasts and athletes on Saturday morning. Class begins promptly at 9:30am. Reserve your spot at the Mountain Lodge at Gondola Plaza. Head back to the Mountain Lodge after class for Après!
For more information on other Wintersköl events, like the Glow Parade and WINTERFEST, head over to https://www.aspenchamber.org/events/acra-annual-events/winterskol. Have a happy and safe Wintersköl!
Posted on January 3, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday and Happy New Year from Aspen Snowmass! After a wonderful and snowy holiday season, we are ready for the rest of an already awesome winter. If you’re a little burnt out from the holidays, and in need of some rest and relaxation, we are right there with you. Read on for the best ways to relax in Aspen Snowmass.
Want to unwind in the great outdoors while getting in a great workout? Try out the Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club. Join uphill skiers at Buttermilk Mountain for breakfast club hosted by the City of Aspen at Cliffhouse restaurant at the top of Tiehack. Uphillers can enjoy a continental breakfast for purchase between 8:45-10am after a great skin or hike up. Try out the French Toast- it’s a must! Skinning is a great workout solo, and even better with friends. For more information, head over to www.aspensnowmass.com
If you’re hoping for a more traditional route of relaxation, book your spa day at either Viceroy Spa in Snowmass Village or Remede Spa at The St. Regis Aspen. The spa menus can be overwhelming, but not to worry. Do not miss out on the CBD massage at The St. Regis, after a rejuvenating nap in the oxygen room. Viceroy Snowmass is celebrating their 10 year anniversary, so naturally the spa is offering a decadent deal. Enjoy the Viceroy Snowmass 10x10 Anniversary treatment - a combination of 10 products and services to ensure your total relaxation. For more information on these and other treatments, head over to www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/snowmass and www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/asexr-the-st-regis-aspen-resort/
Just need a movie night? You’re in for a treat. The Wheeler Opera House is hosting the Aspen Film Academy Screenings. This film series highlights 20 films in the running for Academy Awards. This is an opportunity for active members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, British Film and Television Arts to vote, as well as a viewing opportunity for the general public. This year’s films include Bombshell, Just Mercy, and Uncut Gems. For a full list of screenings, head over to www.aspenfilm.org
Here’s to a happy and healthy new year starting out on the right foot! Happy Weekend!
Posted on December 27, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy New Year from Aspen Snowmass! What an amazing decade it’s been. In the last 10 years, Aspen Snowmass has gone through lots of exciting changes. Snowmass welcomed the much anticipated Base Village, Aspen Skiing Company jumped on board with the Ikon Pass, and the Midvalley thrived with the development of Willits Town Center. There’s a lot to look forward to in the new decade, such as five more years of XGames, the possibility of Pandora on Aspen Mountain, and the future of Lift 1A. While there is much to reflect on and even more future to fantasize about, there are fabulous New Year’s Eve parties to look forward to in the near future. Read on for the best of the best!
Snowmass is no longer the sleepy mountain town. In fact, its roaring. Check out the Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve party at the Collective in Base Village. Guests are encouraged to dress their flapper and dapper best to celebrate the new decade. There will be extravagant eats and divine drinks from the new mix6 restaurant. The party starts sharp at 9pm. Before you get all dressed up, join the traditional Torchlight Parade. Skiers and riders start boarding the Village Express lift at 5:30pm to carry festive red flares while making wide turns down Fanny Hill. The Torchlight Parade starts promptly at 6pm, for those just wanting to be a spectator. For more information on these events, head over to www.gosnowmass.com
If you’re looking for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, look no further than the Clicquot Cats. Choose either the 8pm or midnight fireworks display to ride up in a snowcat with up to 12 guests of your choice. Only three cats go up for each display. Enjoy famous Little Nell five-star service combined with coveted Aspen Mountain access and Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame champagne throughout your experience. For more information, head over to www.thelittlenell.com
Wanting to stay in Aspen and catch some live music? Head over to the Wheeler Opera House for Yonder Mountain String Band. For over 20 years, the Wheeler Opera House has hosted a live music New Year’s Eve party. Before the concert, enjoy light bites and drinks from the Wheeler for the firework viewing party. This event starts at 7:45pm. Head over to www.wheeleroperahouse.com for more information and tickets.
Whether you’re out on the town or in for the night, have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!