I’m not sure if it’s the fact that the brand is steeped in its traditions or that every suite has butler service, but something about walking into a St. Regis property just makes my heart skip a beat and the St. Regis Aspen did not disappoint. By far the most luxurious hotel in the Aspen-Snowmass area, the property’s warm and inviting lobby spills open into their bar, complete with the traditional St. Regis mural – this one painted by a local Coloradan artist – and serving up the iconic Bloody Mary – this one with a dill-infused-vodka spin by a local distillery. I love that about the brand: no matter where in the world you go, they keep their traditions but put a local spin on them, giving just enough sense of place without sacrificing the reasons that you chose to stay in a St. Regis in the first place.
One of my favorite aspects of this particular St. Regis was the emphasis on the culinary scene. Home of the 30 year running Aspen Food & Wine Festival, the original see-and-be-seen spot for foodies, the St. Regis partners with the festival and incorporates elements into its hotel throughout the year, beyond just the June events. For example, the Chef’s Club is not to be missed: this gorgeous restaurant is a stark white palate, from the snowflakes carved into the ceiling to the whimsical chairs at each table, featuring pops of color from the ever-changing decor. Not only does the decor change with the seasons, so does the menu and the featured chef. Each year at the Food and Wine Festival, Food and Wine magazine chooses four up and coming chefs who are then given the opportunity to showcase their talents by preparing the menu at Chef’s Club – hence the name.
For the actual Aspen Food & Wine Festival, ask me about the St. Regis’s special packages – they close off their courtyard for many of the demonstrations and we’re able to get you tickets to the Grand Tasting!
Speaking of food here, one of the biggest perks of booking your vacation through Epperly Travel is the complimentary amenity of daily breakfast at our partner hotels. Here at the St. Regis, you cannot miss the Tuscan Breakfast Bowl at Trecento restaurant, the property’s main spot with an Italian twist. With fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and poached eggs over a bed of arugula, it was by far the best breakfast I had while in town (a close second was Over Easy, a local breakfast spot that serves so many different types of Eggs Benedict it’ll make your head spin – but you should get the Hawaiian, which was the best I’d ever had).
One of the best parts of this job is matching people to the right hotels to fit their preferences – more traditional tastes would like certain hotels while more contemporary clients prefer brands with an edge. My personal preferences fall into the latter, which is why walking into the Viceroy Snowmass felt like coming home. That is, if my home was super hip, sophisticated, and had a glass fireplace elevated in the entryway.
If the trendy lobby wasn’t cool enough, we enjoyed two nights in a two-bedroom residence – a room that my parents proclaimed was the best they’d ever stayed in, ever. The residence was sprawling, large enough to live in, with crystal clear views of the slopes and town below. It was something else. Very similar to the St. Regis in terms of decor – a lodge-meets-luxury feel – I would’ve killed to have taken home one of the fur throws that adorned the bed. Those were complimentary, right, Viceroy team? 🙂 Just kidding!
What was complimentary was the delicious toffee-topped cake and bottle of champagne that they brought us to celebrate my mother’s birthday – I love it when a hotel acknowledges celebrations in an over the top way! We felt right at home in the cozy residence and enjoyed a couple days worth of lazing around and touring Snowmass. Granted, touring Snowmass didn’t take too long – the village is much smaller than Aspen, kind of like Beaver Creek is to Vail. The little towns, consisting of Base Village and the Mall, are great for families, especially because of the world renowned children’s ski school. For skiers and snowboarders, the Viceroy is a true ski-in ski-out option, the most convenient that I saw in both areas.
Since we came a little early in the season, a few places we would’ve liked to have eaten at were closed…however, we did find one local dig that we returned to again and again (I won’t admit how many times we ate here): The Stew Pot. This tiny restaurant in the Mall area of Snowmass serves up hearty cups of stew, freshly grilled sandwiches, and daily specials that will knock your socks off. There is nothing better than coming in out of the cold and enjoying a nice cup of chili – no matter how many times you do so in a 48 hour period.
Other notable spots in Snowmass include Ricard’s and 8K, both of which are owned by the Viceroy. While we didn’t get a chance to eat at either of these spots, they both had fantastic menus – 8K is noted as one of the best restaurants between the two mountains and Ricard’s menu had an entire section dedicated to different preparations of mussels…I was sold on that alone.
Regardless of which spot you choose between these two, or either of our other fabulous partner properties, I can assure you that you’ll have a cozy, gorgeous home away from home – whether you prefer skiing in the fresh powder or setting up shop by the fireplace, like I did:
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