Glorious Bucket List: Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells

photo by John Fowler

 

You know the question “Beach or mountains?” that’s often asked to determine what sort of spot you’re most likely to enjoy living or vacationing in? I usually gravitate towards the beach side of things, but then blue horizons and sunsets, while beautiful, rarely inspire the true sense of awe a spectacular mountain setting can.

Take Maroon Bells in Aspen for example.

This pair of peaks in the Elk Mountains is one of the most photographed spots in Colorado and for good reason, particularly during the fall as the leaves change, their vibrant colors reflected on the flat waters of Maroon Lake. During the summer it’s accessible by vehicle, but I like the idea of  hiking the Maroon-Snowmass Trail in and camping, or arriving on horseback. Winter visitors can expect fewer crowds as the only way to reach this beautiful spot during colder months is by cross country skiing or taking a snowmobile. T-Lazy-7 runs a two-hour visit, which includes a cup a hot chocolate at the lake. And, note to engaged nature lovers, you can even get married here, too.

photo by Frank Kovalchek

photo by Frank Kovalchek

 

photo by Abhijit Kamerkar

photo by Abhijit Kamerkar

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Glorious Getaway: Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe

Basecamp Hotel Lake Tahoe

Winter is nearly here and with it, ski season. One of the spots I’ve loved skiing over the years is Heavenly, and I recently came across the Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe that’s just a 4 minute walk to the Heavenly gondola. Basecamp is my favorite sort of hotel, a boutique property that’s simple but well done, with creative of-the-place design. Accommodation types run the gamut, and include great options for friends and families like a bunk room and this very cool “Great Indoors” room (below) with a tent pitched over the bed, a picnic table and faux log fire. Rooms have smart extras, like racks to dry your gear, and the hotel also has a rooftop hot tub with mountain views, two fire pits to cozy around, communal dinners during ski season, a bar and daily breakfast.

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Basecamp Hotel
Bunk room Basecamp Hotel
Basecamp Hotel
Basecamp Hotel

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National Treasures: AHeirloom

Arkansas cutting board

My parents love to host big gatherings of family and friends, so I’m always on the lookout for unique gifts they can use when they have people over. Last year, I came across Brooklyn-based studio AHeirloom from husband-and-wife team Bill Mowat and Amy Stringer-Mowat, who create cutting boards in the shape of U.S. states (how fun is this Hawaii board?) Since my folks are based in Arkansas, I picked the board above which went over swimmingly when it was unwrapped on Christmas morning.

I love the ability to customize boards with a brass heart inlay representing the location of your hometown or favorite city in each state. AHeirloom also makes custom boards engraved with initials—excellent wedding gifts—and have gift sets that come ready to use with cheese, crackers and spreads.

AHeirloom Custom Wedding cutting board
AHeirloom cutting board
AHeirloom cutting board
AHeirloom Cutting Boards

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Glorious Getaway: Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado

Hotel Jerome Aspen

Spent the weekend ogling the interiors at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado. I love that the public spaces feel so busy and clubby, with plaid and ikat fabrics juxtaposed against leather furniture and dark hued walls. It’s easy to imagine being curled up in one of the cozy club chairs, fire roaring and book in hand—maybe an Old Fashioned, too.

Beyond skiing, the hotel offers a long list of other activities to keep guests busy. I’d opt for a dog-sled across the snowy fields of Aspen at twilight, followed by a four-course dinner at Krabloonik, a farm-to-table restaurant housed in a rustic cabin. The hotel’s circa 1880 J-Bar is also a favorite local watering hole (fun fact: Hunter S. Thompson used it as his de facto office) and the spa offers of-the-place treatments like the High Altitude Sports Recovery Massage, perfect after a day spent on the slopes.

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Hotel Jerome Aspen Bar at Hotel Jerome Aspen Restaurant at Hotel JeromeHotel Jerome Aspen

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