Environmental education, hands-on science lessons and farm tours.
Rock Bottom Ranch, run by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, offers environmental education, hands-on science lessons and farm tours. They run seasonal specific programs, so if you stop by in the later winter, or early spring, you might get to see baby animals being born. It’s open Monday through Friday in the winter. www.aspennature.org; 970.927.6760
A family friendly gallery space complete with coloring supplies.
A constantly rotating gallery of local and national work, the Aspen Art Museum makes a special effort to keep their space family friendly. To facilitate learning, the museum has free art supplies so kids can paint, draw, or write if inspiration hits them. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday and admission is free. www.aspenartmuseum.org; 970.925.8050
This restaurant is located in both Vail and Aspen, Colorado.
These restaurants are located in both Aspen and Vail and were built with attention to every detail. Muralists painted the walls and floors, the tables were hand-tiled, and kitchen counters were made from stone taken out of Colorado quarries. Stop in to try the Frutti di Mare alla Griglia, grilled seafood, or the Rigatoni Montanara, an Italian sausage dish, served to you by a friendly and experienced staff. The high-energy restaurants are open year-round, and they have outside patios that are open for warm-weather eating.
Owned by famed Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa (who has restaurants everywhere from Las Vegas to Athens to Tokyo), Aspen's Matsuhisa serves up the town's best sushi to a packed and often celebrity-filled clientele. They serve exquisitely-crafted rolls and sashimi, as well as a masterful dinner menu including lobster with wasabi pepper and Chilean sea bass with black bean sauce. You may need to make a reservation a month in advance. www.matsuhisaaspen.com
This Latin American bistro serves up bold and flavorful fare. Longtime Aspen local/owner Michael Beary searches out authentic ingredients for dishes such as Iberico ham and chorizo salad, shrimp-tomatillo sopes and skirt steak with Oaxacan mozzarella and chile chilhaucle sauce.
Cache Cache is a classic French Bistro that has become one of Aspen's most sophisticated restaurants.
Having opened its doors in 1987, Cache Cache is one of Aspen’s most established restaurants. Under the direction of chef Chris Lanter, this classic French bistro serves up fare that is sophisticated, classic and elegant, but never fussy. The restaurant has developed a loyal local clientele because of its dedication to service. (And the wine list, which won the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2008, isn’t bad either.) The menu changes seasonally, but don’t miss the veal ossobucco, which has remained a staple for more than 20 years.