There are some who say that April is not the best time of year to visit Aspen, Colorado.

The snow is nearly gone from the mountains, the trees are bare, and the amazing wildflowers that fill the valleys haven’t yet opened.

We disagree!

The weather was terrific for this mid-April visit to The Centennial State!  We saw lots of sunshine, the temperatures were cool-mild and we even saw a day with snow flurries.

Colorado is just one of the thousands of places in the country to just step back, in awe of God’s beautiful creation.


In mid-April, the snow has melted and the trees are bare. The phrase “purple mountain majesties” was written to describe this view. America, by Katharine Lee Bates – 1883
Vacation homes are available for short term stays on Snowmass Mountain.  (Stock photo)
The view from the living room overlooked the mountains as the snow melted away for the season. (Stock photo)
A nice place to relax, plan the next ski trip, or catch some zzzzz’s on the couch. (Stock photo)
A six-burner gas stove and a fully stocked kitchen made this a LOT of fun. (Stock photo)
A tucked away overhead space heater made this back porch a nice retreat. (Stock photo)
And at the end of the day… sleep! (Stock photo)
Elizabeth enjoyed this room the most! A small office off the kitchen with a gas fireplace. (Stock photo)
Who needs a TV when you have food, friends and conversation. Oh, and that amazing view outside. (Stock photo)
While skiing was almost done for the season, the weather was nice. (Stock photo)
Remnants of winter can still be found.
Downtown Aspen. A mix of art, archechiture, capitalism, and Mother Nature’s handiwork all around.
The inscription on the bench reads “Reserved for Bob Blum, we miss him” Robert was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in recognition of his leadership in corporate and civic responsibilities and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Shops line the pedestrian walkway in Downtown Aspen. No franchise stores here.
Just a few weeks ago. this mountain was covered in snow.
Aspen is it’s own world.
Artwork marks the boundaries of the pedestrian walkway.
The architecture reflects the mid-late 1800’s style.
Not surprisingly, the restaurants don’t open till early afternoon. It’s typically not a morning crowd!
Retail shops and even social justice warriors have set up shop along Aspen’s streets.
Snowmass is a short bus ride from downtown Aspen.
If you zoom in, you’ll see skies making their run down the slopes.
A backseat pooch enjoys the sunny day.
Seeing it now, it’s hard to imagine that for over fifty years after the “Panic of 1893” the town was nearly a ghost town,
This valley inside Snowmass will come alive with color now that the snow is gone. Leaves will appear on the Aspen Trees and wildflowers will bloom.
Residential and rental units are aplenty (and more are coming) to Snowmass Village.
Unlike Aspen which was founded in 1879, Snowmass Village was the site of former hayfields up until 1966 when developers moved in.
Just over 3,000 people call Snowmass Village their fulltime home


About Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food And Travel Nation has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on and on stations around the country.

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