Honeymoon Guide: Aspen

WHY WE LOVE IT

The couple that skis together treks together to this superchic, four-mountain resort town in the Rockies. Show off your schussing and matching Bogner parkas. Hot après-ski scene.

summer sporting playground—hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, llama trekking—you name it.

Half of Colorado's best restaurants within a dozen downtown blocks. Plus a trio of famous hotels.

Culture! Aspen Music Festival. Dance Aspen. Aspen Art Museum.

More shopping per square inch than any state capital. Real estate to ogle. High-society types to spy.

Good buys: snowboards from Radio Boardshop, Steve DeGouveia's handmade moccasins, Gorsuch Norwegian sweaters, couture castoffs from Susie's Consignment.

WHEN TO GO

November to March; July and August are peak travel times; find ski bargains in April. Come mid-September through mid-October for the foliage.

WHERE TO EAT

WILD FIG
315 E. Hyman Ave.
Tel: 970-925-5160

A local couple's labor of love: A heartwarming bistro with sunshine-yellow walls serving pan-Mediterranean dishes like fig-glazed porkchops and sharing plates like the popular "Butcher's Board."

MATSUHISA UPSTAIRS
303 E. Main St.
Tel: 970-544-6628

Upstairs here means street level, and, like New York's Next Door Nobu, this is the democratic Matsuhisa, with lounge, bar, and patio—great for people-watching, and no reservations required.

MEZZALUNA
624 E. Cooper Ave.
Tel: 970-925-5882

This perennial gathering place is cheery and sunny on a cold day, even nicer for a warm evening on the terrace. Share wood-fired pizzas and other Italian über-peasant dishes and play spot-the-celeb.

SPECIALTY FOODS OF ASPEN
601 E. Hopkins Ave.
Tel: 970-544-6656

A one-stop picnic shop—plus charcutier, fromagerie, bakery, and café serving wonderful panini. On warmer days, you can vie for one of the airy patio tables.

MAIN STREET BAKERY CAFÉ
201 E. Main St.
Tel: 970-925-6446

Perhaps the coziest place to fuel up before a day on the slopes—or bike trails—and the best breakfast/brunch joint, with homemade muffins and granola, eggs, pancakes, and half of Aspen at the other tables.

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