Aspen, CO is known for many things; world class skiing, celebrity sightings, an exciting nightlife, luxury retail, and an airport stocked full of private jets. With a reputation like that, it's no wonder most people don't think of Aspen as a destination for someone on a tight budget!
And while it is true that a trip to Aspen in the height of winter ski season or during the spring Food + Wine Festival will strain even the most high-end, designer wallet -- the off-season in this gorgeous mountain town is every bit as fun an experience, without the outrageous price tag.
The locals who live year-round in Aspen can attest to the fabulous deals off-season travelers can find if they have an insider's perspective so start taking notes and you will find yourself enjoying a luxe vacation on a budget that is very do-able!
"Prix-Fixe" These two words are music to the ears of hard-working resort town locals after the height of the tourist season closes. Our local, fine dining establishments treat year-round citizens to some incredible food at affordable prices in the off-season. Below are just a few examples, visit the Eat Aspen blog for more specials as they are announced in the coming weeks:
Ajax Tavern: 3 for $37 - 1 appetizer + 1 entrée + 1 dessert + 1 glass of wine or beer -available all day Fall 2016 till Nov. 23
Element 47: Lunch: 2 for $20 - appetizer + entrée | Bar: 2 for $27 – appetizer + entrée + glass of wine or beer | Dinner: 3 for $47 – appetizer + entrée + dessert + glass of wine or beer Fall 2016 till Nov. 23
Ellina: 30% Off Main Menu & Dessert Menu Fall 2016
Justice Snow's: 1/2 off a bottle of Rose Fall 2016
Those of us who live in Aspen all year are a bit puzzled as to why it gets so quiet in the fall. Yes, ski season here is EPIC but not everyone is a snow sports enthusiast. And the moderate temps of springtime in the mountains with our gorgeous wild flowers is understandably a draw for people from all over the world. BUT, autumn in the high Rockies is actually a favorite time of year! Have you ever seen Aspen trees change color??? It is an explosion of gold across the mountains like you have NEVER SEEN anywhere else. The better news? Since our hotels are not at capacity, there are many great deals to be had! Here are just a few:
Aspen Square Condominiums: LATE FALL GETAWAY SPECIAL - October 2 - November 22, 2016
Fireplace Studios: Studios start at $149 per night plus tax | One-bedrooms: $189 per night plus tax | Two-Bedrooms: $229 per night plus tax
The Gant Aspen: AUTUMN IN ASPEN SPECIAL
The Rocky Mountains of Colorado are about to turn golden. Fall is the perfect time to take a Sunday drive over Independence Pass or hike through an Aspen grove at the Maroon Bells. Travel to Aspen to view the magnificent colors of Autumn from September 1 – November 18, 2016 and save the following: 20% off the published rates
The Hotel Jerome: Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free Valid September 1 – December 15, 2016 OR Are you a Colorado resident? Enjoy a special rate of $195/night with your state ID Valid September 1 – December 15, 2016
The Aspen Meadows: Enjoy rates of up to 30% off in October 2016. Attending the Mind Body Spirit Rx Retreat in late October 25-28, 2016? Enjoy a rate of $119 per night right on campus where the retreat is located. Just tell the front desk you are attending the retreat.
Things To Do
Fall is a wonderful time to get outside and explore the many hiking and biking trails in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. Here is a comprehensive guide.
However, we here at the Aspen City of Wellbeing think that the BEST reason to visit Aspen this fall is to attend the Mind Body Spirit Rx Retreat Oct 25-28. Practice yoga and meditation with world-renowned teachers and enjoy included meals, beverages, and a live concert by Con Brio. The full retreat schedule can be found here.
Aspen is becoming a destination for wellbeing and self-care. This inaugural retreat will be returning to Aspen every October but don't miss the first one as the line-up is unbelievable!
In fact here are 5 Reasons to Attend the Mind Body Spirit RX in Aspen, CO:
The retreat is incepted on the basis of "inspiring participants to find what lights them up and to share that more effectively with the world."
An entire day of the retreat will be devoted to Spiritual Psychology Training with Dr. H. Ronald Hulnick and Dr. Mary R. Hulnick of the University of Santa Monica, where the two have co-created an educational institution in soul-centered education. At MBSRx, you will learn relevant, usable information and skills to dive deeper into your authentic self and find greater mastery in the excellence of your life.
Each lunch of the retreat will also host a wide variety of speakers in differing fields to engage your heart and mind, opening each to the greater possibilities of life at large.
With the backdrop of Aspen Colorado, the setting could not be more retreat like, complete with turning leaves and rushing river water.
Morning meditations and yoga classes will awaken and calm the mind and body, preparing each participant to engage fully with their present surroundings.
Stepping out of your daily routine and into blissful surroundings, thoughtfully curated to inspire the senses and nourish the soul.
Intimate dinner gatherings will facilitate conversation and connection.
Imagine the possibilities of a community who breathes together.
With world class leaders in yoga and spirituality, MBSRx offers yoga classes taught by Off The Mat founders Seane Corn, Hala Khori, and Suzanne Sterling, as well as globally celebrated master teacher Rod Stryker.
6. THIS DISCOUNT for Early Birds
Want to save 15% on the retreat? We've got you covered here with this Promo Code: EARLYBIRD
Enter it when you check out at Eventbrite before October 1st and enjoy big savings!
So, there you have it! All you need to know to live large, eat well, and restore Mind Body Spirit in one of the most beautiful places on Earth -- all without breaking the bank!
See you around town this fall!