An Aspen attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood
BEST PLACE TO TAKE A CLIENT - Cross-country skiing at Pine Creek Cookhouse in the winter, or bike riding to Woody Creek Tavern in the summer.
FAVORITE WATERING HOLE - J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome.
FAVORITE BUILDING - Aspen Art Museum. It has a world-renowned architect and the most interesting design. Google it.
UGLIEST BUILDING - The Orange Monstrosity on the corner of Hyman and Hunter. The exterior design and colors do not fit in with downtown Aspen.
BEST RESTAURANT - Cache Cache. American with French flair.
WEEKEND GETAWAY - Hot springs at Avalanche Ranch.
FAVORITE CITY EVENT - Food & Wine festival in June. I go every year; and if you volunteer you can go a day for free.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR OFFICE BESIDES THE PEOPLE - Its location in the center of Aspen.
FAVORITE BREAKFAST SPOT - Little Nell. The setting is very relaxing.
FAVORITE LUNCH SPOT - Meat & Cheese Restaurant. They have a daily three-taco special, ranging from chicken to steak to fish. I even had cactus tacos one day.
BEST PLACE TO REFLECT - John Denver Sanctuary. It’s just a beautiful landscaped area close to downtown with lots of benches and private areas to sit.
BEST VIEW - The view of Aspen Mountain from the café at the art museum.
FAVORITE PARK - Wagner Park in the center of town.
FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER - The only one! The Isis.
BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE WATCHING - Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain. All the non-skiers meet with friends who ski, as it’s next to the gondola, but the non-skiers just walk up in normal clothes. It really takes off in the spring at about 3 p.m.
FAVORITE COFFEESHOP - Victoria’s Coffee has the best coffee.
FAVORITE PIZZA JOINT - New York Pizza.
PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS - Up the gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain.
MOST FAMOUS RESIDENT - Goldie Hawn. She has been active promoting her non-profit here: mindup.org.
FAVORITE CITY SPORTS MOMENT - When fireworks went off at 11 p.m. in Aspen after the Cubs won the World Series. Aspen has a strong connection to Chicago because many of the modern-day Aspen founders came from Chicago. And even if you aren’t a Cubs fan, you still wanted them to win because of the history.