The golden Aspen leaves, as well as the summer crowds, are dissipating - leaving us with a quiet off-season to enjoy peaceful moments and rejuvinate for the coming winter season. Below are just a few of Dawnette's favorite things to do in this coveted time of year.
- Hiking through the brilliant, golden Aspen forests
- Finding the early season snow at the top of Independence Pass
- Drinking in the rooftop view over lunch at the Aspen Art Museum
- Chopping wood in preparation for the coming winter months
- Enjoy spacious yoga classes at local studios like O2, Arjuna, & Shakti Shala
Fall has officially arrived in Aspen, Colorado! After a lively Labor Day, town has quieted a bit and hues of gold are emerging in the foliage. September is an incredible time to enjoy all our valley has to offer. Below are some of Dale's favorite fall activities.
- Cycling to the Maroon Bells and Ashcroft to see the changing foliage.
- Quiet dinners at my favorite restaurants like L'Hostaria.
- Rocking out to the Jazz Festival in Snowmass over Labor Day weekend.
- Exploring new mountain bike trails on Sky Mountain Park with my buddies.
As our summer season begins to wind down in Aspen and the leaves start to change, the strength of the market continues to ramp up. In fact, Pitkin County’s sales dollar volume for the first half of 2015 is up 41.81% over 2014 - the highest among the seven Colorado mountain counties. It is also the first time in eight years that our market’s “dollar volume” rose above that of Eagle County—which includes Aspen’s rival resort, Vail.
Below are a few July and year to date statistics for Aspen and Snowmass Village.
The days are getting a touch shorter but the wild flowers are still blooming and the backcountry has never been so green! Make sure to take full advantage of our last month of summer in the Roaring Fork Valley. Below are some of Layne's favorite things to do in August.
- Mountain biking the Rim Trail in Snowmass followed by a salt water swim with my son at the Snowmass Recreation Center
- Watching the US Pro Challenge race by from the top of Independence Pass
- Relaxing on the Benedict Tent lawn – enjoying the music, a picnic and wine
- Seeing familiar faces at the Thursday evening concerts on Fanny Hill in Snowmass
- Watching my son play at the top of AJAX after a family hike up the Ute Trail
The wildflowers are bursting, town is buzzing and summer is in full-swing in Aspen, Colorado. Below are a few of Dawnette's favorite things to do in the height of summer.
- Horseback riding in Old Snowmass
- Boating or sailing the blue waters of Ruedi Reservoir
- Enjoying camp fires in the beautiful forests surrounding Aspen
- Floating the Roaring Fork River to fly fish and spot wildlife
- Expanding my mind at Aspen Institute seminars and lectures
We want to welcome Stirling Peak Properties’ new addition, Nichole Campbell as Rental Coordinator. She joins our team with a Management and Marketing degree from Shippensburg University, experience in a competitive sales position as well as various facets of the food and beverage industry.
Nichole will be managing the daily operations of the vacation rental department which includes everything from administrative duties regarding agreements, to coordinating the housekeeping team, to property marketing. She will have her Colorado broker’s license by September when her role will expand and evolve.
The ski resorts are closed, town is quiet and we are slowly transitioning into summer in the Rocky Mountains. Below are some of Bill's favorite things to do in May.
- Early backcountry forays
- Playing tennis outdoors for the first time in months
- Hitting balls on the driving range at the municipal golf course
- Hiking the ski mountains long after they are closed
- Catching up on all of my reading
Photo credit: Aspen Public Radio
Aspen Public Radio (APR) hosted a town-hall-style discussion on development at Belly Up on March 25th that was moderated by Carolyn Sackariason and included heavy-hitters like Ann Mullins, Marcella Larsen, Michael Behrendt, and Michael Kinsely. One of our politically active partners, Bill Stirling, was also on the panel, in opposition to the proposed Referendum 1. According to APR, “The referendum would, if passed in the spring election, require a public vote for development proposals bigger or taller than what Aspen’s land-use code allows. The vote would also be triggered for exceptions to the affordable housing or parking requirements.”
Jay Wright, a broker associate at Stirling Peak Properties, is helping shape the next generation of Aspenites as a Big Buddy. The Buddy Program, which celebrated its 42nd anniversary this year, is a nonprofit mentoring organization serving youth from Aspen to Carbondale through one-on-one mentoring programs. Jay is part of the school-based mentoring program where he spends time with his buddy Aidan on a weekly basis as part of the school day.
How long have you been part of the buddy program?
I’ve been a big buddy for two years now.
Is there a screening or interview process to become a Buddy?
Spring is officially here and it sure feels like it in Aspen, Colorado. The sun is shining, snow is melting and there are even trees and flowers starting to come alive. With a change in seasons comes a great time for spring home maintenance. Home exteriors can take a beating in our Rocky Mountain winters, so there is surely some work to be done. Below are just a few of the items we recommend doing for spring and summer home maintenance.