Local Counsel with Summer Woodson Berg

An Aspen attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Published in 2017 Colorado Super Lawyers magazine

By Summer Woodson Berg on March 15, 2017


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.


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.

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