My birthday was this past Monday, and to celebrate, my boyfriend treated me to a little weekend get-away in Aspen. We drove from Boulder, and the scenery along the drive was absolutely spectacular.
At the lower elevations, the trees still had their vibrant leaves, making hillsides appear ablaze.
We stopped in Vail for lunch and ate along the creek. I’ve visited several times to ski in the winter, but it was even prettier this time of year. I posted on my instastory (follow me @howboutsomecake) but forgot to snap any proper photos!
Getting back on the road, there were more views at every twist and turn.
I wish it were possible to capture the way the yellow leaves look as the sun begins to set, and casts just the right light to make them sparkle like actual gold. It’s really brilliant, and no camera could ever do it justice.
When we arrived at our hotel, I needed a quick nap (of course). We stayed just outside Aspen at the Viceroy in Snowmass, which was lovely and romantic, but not super convenient. It was about a 20 minute drive into Aspen\. We arrived a bit early for our dinner reservation so we walked around the quaint little town and grabbed a glass of wine at a cute spot called Meat & Cheese.
Then we went to Ellina for dinner, where I mostly forgot to take pictures again… except for the cake, of course. I do wish I’d captured more because it was lovely. It’s underground and the stone and white tabletops made me feel like I’d been transported to Greece or southern Italy. The food and service were both top notch, so I’d highly recommend it if you’re ever in Aspen.
The next morning we got up early to go to Maroon Bells. It’s a national park with some hiking and one fairly famous picturesque spot. I took selfies, and usies, and then we got in the car and left immediately because it was FREEZING!
Normally I’d want to hike around the area, but given the weather, I just wanted to leave. We found warmth and sustenance back in Aspen at Justice Snow’s, where we both enjoyed some brisket hash (and I had a mimosa, because it’s my birthday).
After brunch, we started making our way slowly back to Denver so I could catch my flight. We still stopped for more breathtaking views, though.
It was a really nice, relaxing weekend and I enjoyed every moment. I’ll be back in Colorado in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to see how it’s changed with the season!