It sure seems like it’s all glam and glitz, but don’t let this iconic ski town fool you.
At first glance, Aspen doesn’t seem like it would pack that mean of a punch. Young moms in yoga pants chauffeur toddlers in expensive-looking strollers, men in fur coats sip coffee, and the Prada store radiates in the morning light. Sounds fairly innocent, right? As far as I can tell, it’s all a ploy because leaving Aspen almost always necessitates a vacation to recover from my vacation.
Main Street is home to some of the finest boutiques, galleries, and local shops around. You can easily spend several days exploring the options. Here’s where to start.
Dolly’s Bookstore: This charming, cozy book nook is a fine spot to hunker down with a tome and while away a couple of hours in peace. Pick up a surprise for the little ones in your life in Dolly’s excellent children’s section.
Burns Cowboy Shop: Don’t pass buy this authentic Western store with a full selection of genuine cowboy boots, hats, belts, buckles, and more. Owned and operated by the Burns family since 1876, the shop is a true local gem.
At the Midwest’s Mount BoHo, the goods are in the woods.
» Location Lac La Belle, Mich.
» Getting There Unload Lift 1 and make a sharp right onto Miner’s Hollow, then veer left down onto Bull Moose. Check your speed and enter the trees to the left of the Extreme Backcountry sign. It’s a mellow slope but the trees are tight at the top. Take heed. Midwestern trees bite back.