travel; aspen, colorado

Its practically summer and i still havent shared bits of my ski trip to aspen in feb. the delay was mostly because the pics are spread over my macbook and imac and consolidating them is quite a task. well, better late than never. here are some, and ill update this post with the rest soon.

view from the plane.

view while skiing on highlands ranch

the best part about staying at the ritz carlton club is the ski in ski out facility and ski concierge.

ski lift highlands ranch

highlands ranch ski lift

a cupcake bath bomb compliments of ritz carlton pr team and spa

interiors of a time share condo in aspen

Summer in Aspen

So many of you have sent me emails asking what Aspen is like in the summer. So I thought of compiling you these pictures to let them speak for themselves. The first image is Aspen in the winter by the pool at the Ritz. Can you imagine just skiing 2 feet away from the residence? And jumping straight into the jacuzzi after a full day on the slopes? Its pure luxury! Such a treat.

Instead of a regular interior design post, I thought I’d share some Aspen moments with you.

winter poolside at Ritz

Poolside at the Ritz in winter

Aspen in the summer is gorgeous. I am yet to see such a wide variety of flowers in bloom anywhere else. Something about the Colorado sun really makes the colors of these flowers deeper and more intense. Great hiking and biking trails, shopping and lunches in downtown. And happy people everywhere. Its a designers vacation with all the art galleries and gorgeous kazillion dollar homes.

summer

Poolside in the Ritz in summer

Ritz room

Family room at the Ritz residences

Aspen

Aspen

Aspen

Aspen

kids playing at the water fountain in downtown Aspen (photographs by Paul Hidalgo)

Shopping downtown Aspen

Aspen

Farmer’s market

Bear sculpture made of nails

Aspen

gorgeous retreat homes all around

Harvey Meadows Gallery for contemporary ceramic art

Aspen

Aspen

Aspen

Aspen

Aspen

Aspen

Aspen Antiques and Fine Arts Fair

Aspen

Aspen

This annual fair has something for everyone. Well everyone with really deep pockets and people who love to look at antiques. Paintings, sculpture, silver, furniture, porcelain, glass, collectibles, art deco, antique lighting and jewelery. The last image is of a an art deco card table that I fell in love with and tried real hard to get the best shot of it. That was all I could afford on this 150K plus antique.

Fine Art Glass

You will be tempted to touch.

This past weekend we were in Aspen. I love Aspen in the summer almost as much as I love it in winters. Walking through downtown Aspen is always filled with cultural and culinary treats. I could spend days in the art galleries there. This one in particular. Pismo Fine Art Glass. This gallery exhibits sculptural glass art from various designers. Each piece is so unique and intricate. I am curious to visit a studio and experience the process behind this level of skill, patience and imagination. I was told that the Denver gallery exhibits an even larger collection. I know what I am doing for half a day when I’m in Denver for Thanksgiving.

Pismo Art Glass

Pismo Art Gallery

Pismo Art Gallery

Pismo Art Gallery

Pismo Art Glass

Pismo Art Glass

Pismo Art Glass

Pismo Art Glass

Pismo Art Gallery

Pismo Art Glass

This last one is by Dale Chihuly. I find his work fascinating. Some of his work appears to come straight out of a modern day Alice in wonderland set. Some of the pieces don’t even look like glass. And the wonderful use of colors bought to life by light. Here are some of his installations.

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

If you are in Colorado, close to Denver, Beaver Creek, Vail or Aspen, take some time to visit the Pismo Art Gallery. Even the best pictures don’t hold a candle to seeing these fragile pieces in person.