Thursday Night: Aspen
Aspen, Colorado (Photo: Thinkstock)
Ah, Thursday night—the only truly social night of the week. It’s the night when babysitters are booked, friends convene and drinks are imbibed. There are no family obligations to fulfill, no amateurish weekend crowds to elbow through—and the possibilities are endless. The night starts after work and ends whenever you want. In any city. All over the world.
This week, we present the perfect Thursday night in Aspen.
This weekend’s Food & Wine Classic is a reminder that there is no more idyllic place to indulge yourself than Aspen, Colorado, with its snowcapped mountains, blissful rivers and unspoiled valleys.
Of course, you don’t need a culinary festival with Michael Symon, José Andrés and Gail Simmons to eat, drink and party like a food-world insider in Aspen. Whether it’s ski season or not, you can work up an appetite before the best kind of Thursday night on the town.
Rio Grande (Photo: Marko Forsten/Flickr)
Yes, you could drive to Woody Creek Tavern, where legendary writer Hunter S. Thompson used to hold court. But it’s much more fun and energizing to take the 8-mile bike ride on the scenic Rio Grande Trail that starts behind the Aspen post office.
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If an entire flea market’s junk was airlifted to a ramshackle mountain community, you’d get something like the decor at Woody Creek Tavern. Marvel at the seemingly random art, children’s drawings and photos of hundreds of patrons who decided they wanted their pictures plastered on the walls. If you’d like your mug here, just ask to be photographed.
This place is a beautiful mess inside, but the pro move is to sit outside and have nachos and a beer ( not too much to drink if you’re biking back) while looking at the mountains and realizing that there’s no appointment or deadline that should keep you from lingering at this wonderful slice of Americana.
Chefs Club Aspen’s St. Regis (Photo: St. Regis Hotels and Resorts/Flickr)