Monthly Archives: February 2013

JAS Café is Aspen’s hot ticket this weekend (and all winter)

Ooh baby, it’s cold outside. But it’s smoking hot in here.

We’re talking about the JAS Café, Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ intimate series of performances by international touring jazz artists downstairs in the Little Nell Hotel. The buzz for these shows, which started as a one-concert-per-month experiment in 2011, has been steadily increasing. Continue reading

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A full plate at Element 47

Where in Aspen can you go for either a $3 draft or a $195 three-course meal?

If you haven’t already experienced Element 47, the new restaurant that replaced Montagna this winter in The Little Nell Hotel offers plenty of reasons to check out its various menus. From new dishes to drink specials to a plethora of special foodie events, there’s something to pique the palates of everyone from serious epicures to serious après-skiers. Continue reading

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‘The Westin effect’ on Snowmass bookings

A second winter of less-than-average snowfall has by all accounts posed some challenges to the local tourism industry, with lackluster bookings so far the most visible effect of what’s being called the “snow hangover” from last season.

But weather patterns appear to be shifting for the next few weeks, and bright spots are emerging on the occupancy front—especially in Snowmass. And some of that, it appears, has to do with what we’re calling the “Westin effect.” Continue reading

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Let the good times roll in Snowmass today

The oldest and largest Mardi Gras bash in the mountains, Snowmass’ traditional Fat Tuesday celebration began with some creative thinking.

Snowmass resident Rhonda Coxon, who is now town clerk, was working for the Snowmass Resort Association in the early 1980s when she noticed that a lot of people from New Orleans had booked reservations around Mardi Gras. Continue reading

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Unintended consequences

Aspen City Council has weighed in on two land-use code changes recently that are sure to have profound effects on local development and real estate values. But how exactly will the third floor ban and housing mitigation changes impact the market? Randy Gold, a principal with the Aspen Appraisal Group who has 35 years of local experience, has some pretty educated guesses. Continue reading

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Tidbits: True Aspen locals, museum-quality media, and gastro-planning

Aspen has history. Aspen has culture. And Aspen has a refined palate. After last week’s generous snowfall that was the talk of the town, we’re turning our attention this week to three non-recreational events that should be on your radar. Continue reading

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Real estate: What to expect in 2013

We’ve all heard a lot now about the real estate trends that shaped 2012—sales of vacant land, high-end homes, and commercial buildings. But what should we expect from the Aspen/Snowmass real estate market this year? Our very own Andrew Ernemann, who is also president of the Aspen Board of Realtors, addressed that question this week during a joint presentation with appraiser Randy Gold at an event co-hosted by ABOR and the Aspen Business Luncheon. Continue reading

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