But the Colorado Rocky Mountain high I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullaby Rocky mountain high…Colorado
Who doesn’t love John Denver’s ‘Rocky Mountain High’, about the beautiful state of Colorado? Stop by the John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen and pay homage, while enjoying this lush outdoor retreat with green grass, flowers and engraved stones, honoring the legendary singer/songwriter. From snowcapped mountains to canyons, more than 300 days of sunshine a year and miles of adventure, the best of the Rockies is right outside your door any season you visit. We’re about to fill you in on all of the luxury and wellness vacation options available. Aspen, Vail, Snowmass and Beaver Creek, we’re coming for you!
Aspen, nestled in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, sits close to 8,000 feet, one of the most elevated cities in the United States, so staying hydrated here will be a top priority. You will find plenty of commercial flights into Aspen Airport (ASE) and private jet options abound into the regional one. For the roadtrippers, getting to Aspen is about three hours by car from Denver. In addition to endless outdoor adventures, guests will also enjoy the historic downtown area, arts and culture, exceptional cuisine, premier shopping and world-class accommodations. Any season is a good time to visit Aspen with a WIT inspired custom itinerary, from backcountry ski tours and cycling camps, to summer hikes and fly fishing. One of our personal favorites, is a hike up to Maroon Bells. It’ll be one of the highlights of your trip and some of the best pictures you’ll take!
Aspen's historic Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, is located in the heart of the downtown area. The Jerome’s vibe is pure luxury, Western Chic and comfortable living. The recently renovated 97 rooms and suites find a superb balance between luxury and authentic décor. We love the mix of art from local artists, complemented by reproductions from the Aspen Historical Society. Hotel Jerome also offers three-bedroom residential suites with a private elevator entrance, including expansive outdoor patios, surrounded by mountain views. When you book with WIT, you will receive $100 food and beverage credit to use at one of the hotel’s outlets. You will also receive daily continental breakfast for two guests per room, early check-in/late check-out and room upgrade upon arrival, based on availability. Don’t miss the legendary J-Bar for vintage-inspired cocktails, and don’t even think about leaving without trying their absolutely ‘to die for’ famous burger. You’ll be glad you did!
The celebrated Little Nell, is Aspen's only recipient of both the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five-Diamond Awards. As Aspen’s only ski-in/ski-out hotel, you are literally a stone’s throw to the Silver Queen gondola. What more could you ask for? We’re glad you asked, because in addition to location, The Little Nell’s amenities include transfers to and from Aspen/Pitkin County Airport and getting you around town; ski concierge; all snacks and non-alcoholic beverages from the in-room mini-bar; heated outdoor pool and hot tub, and it is pet friendly! The Little Nell has 92 beautifully appointed guest rooms and 14 suites. If you are looking for more space, Residences at The Little Nell offer all the perks of staying in the main hotel plus a dedicated concierge, gourmet kitchen, washer and dryer, and so much more. As a WIT preferred guest, you will receive daily full breakfast for two and $100 USD food & beverage credit. Of course, early check-in/ late check-out and room upgrade may be available as well. The award-winning wine list features over 25,000 bottles…it’s a wine lovers dream come true. On top of everything else, Little Nell’s commitment to sustainability is quite impressive, as recognized by the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association Green Award.
For a different take on a mountainside getaway, we bring you to the W Aspen. Here, it’s all about taking in the 360 degree views from the all-weather rooftop deck. This boutique, chic hotel has a total of 88 guest rooms and suites, that are comfortable and configured for all types of needs – for example, they have a modern day “bunk room” that sleeps four….perfect for the kids. The W also has 11 Sky Residences with a choice of two or three bedrooms. Year round, the W puts you in the center of the action whether it’s a morning jog, a few runs on the hill, rock climbing or high-end shopping in town.
Snowmass Base Village
Just minutes from downtown Aspen at the center of Snowmass Base Village, you will find the Viceroy Snowmass. The resort’s 173 ski-in/ ski-out residentially appointed suites range from studio to four-bedrooms, that include granite-counter kitchens, private sundecks and fireplaces. The Viceroy’s two Penthouse Suites with either three or four bedrooms are the epitome of Rocky Mountain high roller. It is your luxury home in the Rockies. The Spa at the Viceroy focuses on the ancient Ute, Nordic and Asian ceremonies and cultures, as well as traditional massages, facials and beautification journeys that rejuvenate and restore mind-body equilibrium. You’ll be all set with the family options, including day care, ski and snowboarding school and Camp Aspen/Snowmass. The resort has been praised for its sustainability efforts, helping to preserve the pristine Rocky Mountain playground outside.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa
As we say goodbye to Aspen, we head down CO Route 82 towards Beaver Creek, approximately two hours by car. While most famed Western ski resorts had humble beginnings as mining towns, Beaver Creek was developed solely to be a resort town. Our favorite place in BC is the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, offering year-round pampering and indulgence in the heart of Colorado’s Vail Valley. Located at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, you’ll be tempted to solve the world’s problems as you take in awe-inspiring views from the gondola for a winter ski-in/ski-out or some summer hiking and biking. Later, relax in Beaver Creek Village for dining, shopping and year-round events. The resort boasts 190 rooms and suites with all the best amenities. The activities here are as varied as every member of the family: Beaver Creek Golf Club; Kids S'mores Happy Hour, the Ivy League of Ski Schools next door, and of course, world class skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, river rafting, fishing, hiking and biking. WIT is here to plan the ultimate Beaver Creek vacation tailored to your wants and needs. Whether we plan a night ski adventure or foraging in the Rockies with a local chef, when you book with WIT, we are delighted to add daily breakfast for two guests per room, $100 resort credit, early check-in/late check-out and upgrade on arrival, subject to availability. While at the Park Hyatt, schedule a visit to Exhale Spa. The zen-like atmosphere is a total wellbeing experience with Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary, full line of spa treatments, heated indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, fitness center, Pilates, Barre and yoga classes and a full-service hair salon. For a sensory delight, try the Colorado Wild Rose Cure warm rose compresses, meant to calm the nervous system in preparation for a rose shea butter and wildflower body scrub. A lavender bath with essential oils follows. Then, relax with a custom full body massage using a rose geranium body butter. They already had us at warm rose compresses!
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
Our Rockies tour continues about 20 minutes away to iconic Vail, Colorado. Vail plays host to hundreds of events each year with an abundance of luxury hotels, boutiques, shops and restaurants. Vail Mountain has the most skiable acres in the United States, and come summer, the hiking and biking trails in and around Vail have the best views around. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, offers 131 guestrooms, including 24 suites, ten Residences and three Designer Residences. The one-of-a-kind Designer Residences, some with up to six bedrooms, are open-concept homes that feature chic modern design and private kitchens. The perfect space for families, groups of friends or corporate entertaining. All the accommodations offer contemporary design and stylish mountain chic décor complete with the Four Seasons legendary amenities and service. One of our favorite extras, is the resort’s Ski Concierge who has been known to wait for guests at the end of the day with hot chocolate as they head to their private heated ski lockers. Organic treatments await at their Forbes Five Star spa to rehydrate and nourish your skin with special treatments for high altitude. We can’t think of a better way to end our day.
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