Colorado Travel

Fall Trip To CO: Day 1 – Aspen

An awesome way to get to know your significant other is to travel together.

Exploring new places and continuously learning about each other is a great way to grow. For Stephen and I, we both love traveling so for our anniversary we take a trip together. Technically we started dating in December, but with the holidays it’s always a busy season so we celebrate our ‘meetiversary’, which is in October, and makes for a great Fall trip.

This year we decided on a four day trip to Colorado. We started off in Aspen and ended in Denver. This was my third trip to Colorado and I swear it gets better every time. By far one of my favorite places to visit!

Flight: Spirit Airlines

My go-to airline. Cheap flights = more adventures! DTW to DEN, round trip under $100. 

Spirit Tips:

  • For weekend trips, skip the carry-on bag and go with the free personal bag (the size that fits under your seat). I’ll admit, I am not a light packer so this is a challenge for sure, but it’s 100% doable. Bring shoes that you can wear with multiple outfits, roll your clothes, wear bulky items on the plane and you’ll be golden!
  • If you do buy a carry-on or checked bag, buy it the same time that you purchase your ticket- pricing will go up the closer you get to the date of your trip.
  • Traveling solo? Don’t pay to handpick your seat. Skip this step and let them seat you at check in- this way you won’t have to pay an additional “seat” fee each way. I promise you’ll still get there, you’ll just be the last group to board.

After an 8:30 am arrival, we picked up the rental car and made the four hour road trip to Aspen. The views are GORG so the drive is part of the adventure.

Tip: Pay attention to your GPS before it’s too late. You will most likely lose cell service in the mountains and end up three cities past your turn before you realize it’s not working…I may or may not have added an hour to the trip. Good thing my co-pilot was asleep.

Hike: Maroon Bells to Crater Lake

  • 1.8 miles each way
  • Ease of Hike: Moderate
    • Hiking boots HIGHLY recommended!
    • Trail was icy in areas with lots of uneven ground
    • Hike from Maroon lake to Crater lake is uphill the whole way but worth it. Trek back is much quicker.
  • The hike was refreshing and the views along the way were awesome! That being said, Crater lake was dried up and not exactly what we were hoping for. Could have been a seasonal thing but of the two lakes, Maroon Lake was far more picturesque.

Lodging: Molly Gibson Lodge

  • Super friendly staff, willing to give advice on local activities and eats
  • Within walking distance to downtown where all the restaurants/bars are
  • Continental breakfast included

Dinner: Matsuhisa

  • Located within a 120-year-old Main Street Victorian house in downtown Aspen
  • New-style Japanese cuisine by renown Chef Nobu Matsuhisa – If you are into sushi, this place makes the list for top Sushi restaurants in the US
  • Great sushi, $$$

Drinks: White House Tavern & The Red Onion

  • White House Tavern – Intimate, upscale cabin feel
    • Went here after sushi for drinks, cozy and perfect for good conversation
    • $$
  • The Red Onion – Updated dive dar
    • Great option for grabbing drinks and a game- plenty of TVs
      • MLB playoffs were going on so this was great place to catch the ending of game 4 (Dodgers vs Cubs)
    • $ – full bar with cheap drinks

Tip for your wallet: while exploring an expensive mountain town, ask if they have a bar menu. Not all places will, but if they do, this will have the slightly cheaper dining options.

Looking for other dining options, visit eataspen.com

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