Monthly Archives: July 2014

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The Aspen Report: Neighborhood-Specific Recovery

We’ve crunched the numbers for the first half of 2014 and have looked at them every which way to bring you the latest edition of The Aspen Report — which you’ll find in very fine detail on our website. In a nutshell: sales are up, dollar volume even moreso. But there’s a lot more to this picture — particularly of interest to buyers and sellers. It’s definitely a nuanced market right now — here are a few highlights. Continue reading

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Talking Guest Experience with Limelight GM Richard Stettner

There’s been intense focus on Aspen lodging lately, with the Aspen City Council considering code changes to incentivize upgrades for small and mid-sized lodges — amid the ongoing debate of what it might take to retain moderately priced lodging options within a marketplace that has been losing its small lodges at a rapid pace for the past 20 years.

Lost in the discussion of building heights and free-market square footage allowances, however, are the intangibles of what makes a successful lodge — and a successful resort. One of those — a major one, hospitality experts agree — is the guest experience. We asked Richard Stettner, general manager of the Limelight Hotel, about what makes the Limelight successful (Expedia named it the top hotel in the country last year), and how the guest experience plays into that. Continue reading

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Aspen’s Lodge Incentive Program: Details and Critiques

The “meat” of a proposed incentive program for lodge and condo property upgrades was discussed at an Aspen City Council meeting on July 14, with at least two more public hearings scheduled on the matter: July 28 and August 11. The million-dollar question is: Will this package of proposed incentives truly be enough to encourage Aspen’s small and mid-priced lodges and condos to stay in the rental pool?  Continue reading

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What Clark’s Market Has in Store for Snowmass

After an extensive renovation, Clark’s Market is opening in Snowmass this Saturday, July 19, at 7 am — with a festive block party to celebrate the same afternoon. Snowmass Village has been without a grocery store since Village Market closed its doors at the end of April, although Clark’s has been operating a convenience store in Base Village since then, which it plans to continue long term. And disappointment at the decision to replace the 35-year local grocer has given way to some excitement about the brand new and much larger Clark’s Market (over 14,000 sq ft after expanding into the Sundance space), with its array of new products and services.

We talked to Tom Clark, Jr., president of the company his father started in 1978, about what customers can expect from the new store. Continue reading

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Best of Ideas Fest, Part 2

It may be impossible to summarize the Aspen Ideas Festival — the weeklong juggernaut of thinking that included 240 events featuring some 300 experts speaking on five overarching themes at the Aspen Institute campus and all around town last week. But it is interesting how a few strands of similar thought emerge — whether it’s on the latest issues in the news (the Middle East, the economy), or the newest innovations in technology and education, or the great social questions of the day (income inequality, the role of fathers). In any case, it is possible to pull out some of the highlights, take a step back, and get a snapshot of the current thinking in the world. Continue reading

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Best of Ideas Fest, Part 1: Spotlight:Health

In honor of its tenth anniversary this year, the Aspen Ideas Festival was extended from seven to ten days, starting with a three-day mini-fest focused exclusively on health. From June 24 to 27, Spotlight:Health explored an array of health topics, ranging from global nutrition to health care policy to the latest scientific and medical innovations to the role of the arts and music in health care. All of these topics were examined through the lens of the Festival’s theme this year: Imagining 2024 — meant to nudge leaders in their fields to look to the future in terms of solutions toward a healthier world.

Over the course of three days, we heard many inspirational ideas — and many challenges. Here’s a selection that, we hope, gives you a snapshot of this in-depth examination of one of the foremost issues of our time. (And if you want to see more, the Ideas Festival website has full videos of most sessions, plus highlights, blogs, and speaker bios.) Continue reading

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