Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Aspen Nightlife – Getting Around




After a day on the slopes, you may be



wondering what there is to do for the rest of the



evening. Well, don’t use up all of your energy,



and leave the slopes early enough to get in a



short nap – you will need all of the energy you



can muster for the Aspen nightlife. No matter



how much skiing you get in or how many of



the runs you have mastered, you have not truly



experienced Aspen until you venture out after



dark!





Aspen has three basic areas: downtown, the



West end, and the East end. The town is



remarkably small, considering how many



people venture here each season – but



surprisingly, everyone and everything just fits.



The town is actually small enough to leave



your car parked at your lodge or hotel and walk



anywhere that you want to go. In fact, this is



recommended.





Not everyone pays heed to this advice, which



can make driving around and parking very



difficult. You can also take a free shuttle from



one mountain to another, take the Roaring Fork



Transit Authority Bus, or go to the Rubey Park



Transportation Center to get a ride anywhere in



the valley.





Don’t worry about getting lost. The town is well



laid out. Starting on the West end, you will find



a quiet Victorian neighborhood. While this is a



residential district, where locals live, you will



also find many hotels and condos on the West



end, particularly on Main Street. You will also



find the Aspen Meadows Conference Center



and Hotel. This is a 40-acre area where you



will also find the Aspen Institute, the Music Tent,



the Harris Concert Hall, the Paepcke Auditorium,



the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies,



the Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, and the



Aspen Center for Physics.





In the East end of Aspen you will find another



residential area, as well as the Roaring Fork



River and the Aspen Club and Spa. The East



end features more forests than the West end,



which has been developed a great deal more.



Between the West End and the East End, you



will find downtown Aspen. Downtown is where



most of the action is. Featuring old Victorian



buildings, downtown Aspen boasts pubs,



restaurants, shops, and everything else you



could ever possibly need – all housed in



beautiful historical landmark buildings.





Down the valley a ways, you will find Snowmass



Village. To the west, you will also find Roaring



Fork Valley. These two villages are



compliments of Aspen, and you should take



the time to visit them as well.

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