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7 Things to Do in Aspen Colorado

I just went on one of my traveling binges in the past two weeks and am thrilled to announce that I’m home. There’s nothing like the place really. Since being home, I decided to celebrate by pouring concrete to make my own fountain. Then I decided to mold it with my bare hands. I’ve been exfoliating, but guess what? The fountain is gurgling as we speak! I love the sound of rushing water.

Speaking of rushing water, here was one of my adventures in the past few weeks and things that I recommend, should you ever find yourself in the Aspen area…

1. Shop.

There are more Louis Vuittons per square mile in this places than anywhere else in the universe. But you don’t have to shop there, fine. You can go to Chanel. Ha.

I’m a terrible shopper as you must know by now, given my panic attacks when I’m asked to dress myself for public photos. But there was some nifty unique shops that were outdoorsy, full of woolen socks and comfy sweaters and odd objects.

Plus the streets are charming and there is a giant bear made entirely of nails in a perfectly menacing pose. It’s entertaining.

2. Eat.

This is a Bloody Mary. Now, I don’t usually drink these because I’m a little too delicate for something like this at 12 in the afternoon. But man, it had bacon in it! I just loved the way it looked. So I ordered it and looked at it.

And then I took a few sips. And then I took a few more. And soon I was running naked in the streets.

Just kidding. Erase that from your mind please.

Also, they serve salads in pyrex in Aspen. At least they do at this place called Junk. This is pretty much the most genius thing I’ve ever seen in food. I’ve been eating out of all kinds of measuring cups at home ever since.

3. Learn how to tie a fly.

There are plenty of outfitter stores that will rig you up and you can make them give you a proper tutorial while you wait. It’s complicated stuff. Well, at least at first. But fly fishing is so fun.

Speaking of which…

4. Go get yourself some dinner the old fashioned way!

Look it’s a brown trout!

Ooooh, it’s a big one mama

I would like to take this opportunity to say that I think “catch and release” is just playing with your food. It is not a satisfying way to fish.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to tell you that there was a hole in my waders.

I’ll let you use your imagination.

5. Go lounge on a hammock, preferably by a rushing river.

The sound of rushing water is so meditative. I could do it forever.

6. Then go sit by a fireplace until you’re face is red.

I could do this forever as well. It’s as mesmerizing as looking into the sea. Especially on a cold Colorado night.

7. Then, then… go to the Maroon Bells.

Some of the most stunning fall colors I’ve ever seen. And being from the Hudson Valley, I’ve seen some serious fall colors, alright?

But this is a drive up the mountain that they even charge for and it’s worth the dough.

But here’s an insider tip: go before 9am on the weekends or during the week day and you’ll be able to drive your own car most of the way up. There’s nothing like waiting in line and then chugging along in a shuttle bus to kill your fall spirit.

Which brings me to my call to action

Last year, I spontaneously posted all of the fall colors I had encountered.

Then I asked you to send me your fall colors to post for the world to see.

Fall colors from the world, shared with the world! It was heavenly.

So this year we’re going to do it again.

Send me the fall colors that you’re seeing right now along with any links to your own websites.

It will be magical.

It will be lovely.

It’ll make your heart go pitter patter.

Go ahead now… send me your fall colors and let’s share it with the world.



  • Miss
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Just gorgeous! I love trout fishing and I would have never thought of using a measuring cup to eat out of!

  • brandi
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    i make salads in my big pyrex measuring cups all the time! it’s fun 🙂

    i need to take some pictures outside right now – it’s gorgeous here in VA with all the leaves changed.

  • aida mollenkamp
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    What a trip! From the Bloody Mary and Pyrex salad to the fishing and fall colors, I’m officially jealous that I wasn’t able to partake!

  • Amy
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Lovely G!

    Our leaves haven’t quite changed yet around here, but I do have an old post to the foilage about 45 minutes from here that we enjoy each year in the Blue Ridge Mountains if you’re interested…

    • Georgia Pellegrini
      Posted October 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm


  • McJagger
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    You’re a BABE!

  • Bev Weidner
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm


    That bloody mary with the freaking BACON in it, are you kidding me?

    I. could. cry.

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I am blown away by the bloody mary and will be trying that very very soon. I have spent time where you were and done the full tour of Maroon Bells. Aspen is absolutely beautiful.

    We are a couple weeks from red leaves, but now I will keep my eyes peeled!

  • Nancy@acommunaltable
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous foliage (we don’t get much of that around where I am, but I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for it!).
    The salad served in pyrex – loved it – can’t wait to see the reaction when I do that!!
    And the waders? I only wish I looked 1/2 as good!!

  • Amanda
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I wanna go! And eat out of measuring cups. 😉

  • Lucy Lean
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Gorgeous Georgia in Aspen – with Pyrex salads and waders with holes and bacon induced nakedness and glorious fall colors – living in LA we currently are experiencing 100+ heat and it feels more like the dog days of summer – will try to find a colorful leaf to share asap!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Ahhh, there’s nothing like an Aspen grove in the fall. Think I’m going to start serving dishes in Pyrex measuring cups. 😉

  • DessertForTwo
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Wow! Those colors! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • Robin
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I’m flying over that part of the world today! I’m thinking I should take my camera. I love the colors of fall, especially here in Indiana.

  • Wenderly
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 4:48 am

    What a fabulous adventure! Those views are spectacular! I’ve never been to Aspen, but I do believe that I must go there now. And bacon in a drink??????? Splendid.

  • JulieD
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Georgia, this is beautiful! I love that eat is on your list of things to do in Aspen. I have always wanted to visit Colorado. 🙂

  • Robyn | Add a Pinch
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, Georgia. We’ve only been to Aspen one time during the early fall and the Aspens are absolutely breathtaking! Now, I want to pack my bags and head back out there.

  • Maria
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Love all of the photos! Fall is so beautiful!

  • Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Wow. Absolutely beautiful. I wish I was in the mountains now.

  • Esi
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Aspen looks beautiful and fun. I’d love to visit. We don’t get changing leaves here in LA 🙂

    Posted October 13, 2011 at 8:37 am

    i am sooooo very jealous that you went fly fishing – on my bucket list Miss Georgia . . . and can i just say, you are TOTALLY rocking those waders . . . regardless of the hole . . .

  • Andrea M
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Just beautiful!

  • Brooke @ Food Woolf
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Those fall colors take my breath away. Gorgeous hues of yellow!!!! Thanks for putting CO on my list of places I need to get to during the fall!

  • Marla
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Hey G!! Love this post. I read it right when I saw you had posted & have been busy with the fall thing in Telluride. Finally commenting 🙂 Lots of leaf play & not much computer time. I will be emailing you some foliage shots. I have so many on my 32G chip right now its crazzzzyyyy. The Pyrex Bowl. I am so doing that too. Such a simple & fab idea. Filled to the top of course!
    Love the waders. Want the trout. Cooked some up as soon as I got to T-ride.

    • Post Author
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Hope you’re enjoying the fall colors in Colorado! Wish I were there to play with you but look forward to seeing you soon!

  • Barbara | Creative Culinary
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Well, I am the jackpot winner today because you have included such lovely photos from my state of Colorado. I was most recently in Snowmass; the little sister of Aspen Skiing Company and I admit…I love it even more. Definitely less people and less monied ones at that…but so beautiful and so close to Aspen if the urge hits you!

    • Post Author
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Yes, I went there too. And I actually stayed in Basalt which is about 20 minutes away along the Frying Pan River… more low key and very lovely.

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Very pretty. Did you know we don’t have Fall here in Southern California? It’s kinda crazy. It’s hot until like November, and then the leaves just kind of fall off of the trees because they’re dead. No pretty colors to ogle at!

    • Post Author
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      I think that’s how it is here in Austin too! I’m not use to it yet… but I think I can get use to the warmer winters : )

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Beautiful fall colors! I can’t think of anything better than fishing at a stream in the middle of that foliage. Must be done. I even have my own waders, but they haven’t seen any action for a long time.

  • Bertha
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Amazing falls colors. What a fun looking salad plate.

  • Tyler
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    My fly fishing buddies do not look like that.

  • Humayun Sohel
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Wonderful Pictures-


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