Winter in Aspen

On Tuesday, I flew to Aspen for business meetings. I was only in town 24 hours before driving to Steamboat Springs to meet with another hotel. Even though my trip was short, it was truly one of the most scenic business trips I have experienced.

I’ve been to Aspen before, except last time I visited in the fall. The town is so different in the winter months. It’s full of activity, adventure, skiing, fur coats, chilly nights, and some of the whitest snow and brightest blue skies that I have seen. .

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After the longest-shortest flight of my life (the flight from Denver to Aspen was 27 minutes, but we spent over 2 hours total on the tarmac and another hour waiting at baggage claim), I arrived at The St. Regis Aspen Resort. This was a monumental feeling. I had arrived!

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st regis aspen travel blog

st regis aspen travel blog

st regis aspen travel blog

The perfect magazine to describe this resort, it was BEYOND beautiful.

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the st regis aspen colorado - many hats of a mom blog

Once I arrived in Aspen I met up with my colleague, Andrea. She loves to ski (and doesn’t have three kids) so she arrived on Saturday and got some time on the mountain. It was our first work trip together and I can’t tell you how much fun we had! It’s all about the people you work with, wouldn’t you agree?

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aspen mountain family blogger

aspen mountain family blogger

As we were walking to Justice Snow’s for dinner, we spotted this cute little donut cart. I mean … and yes, we did take one dozen donuts into the restaurant and devoured them before actually ordering dinner. They had peanut butter and jelly donuts, maple & bacon donuts, powdered sugar … see what I mean.

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the st regis aspen colorado - many hats of a mom blog

the st regis aspen colorado - many hats of a mom blog

If you think the St. Regis Aspen lights up at night, you should see her in the morning. Just before sunrise, I woke up and looked out my window to see the most beautiful shade of gold shining through the resort’s windows. The town was so quiet; the only sound I could hear was a light breeze and snow falling off of the trees. What a great way to wake up. And so … after a morning of meetings, Andrea and I walked around downtown to get one last look at this magical town.

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the st regis aspen colorado - many hats of a mom blog

This doggie in the window! I couldn’t resist.

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Aspen Mountain

On the drive to Steamboat Springs, we saw deer EVERYWHERE. Our friend, colleague and driver (thanks, Brian!) kept pointing out the animals to me the entire drive. It was like I was a toddler or something. I got so excited to see these amazing creatures. The fact that some people hunt them … well, that’s for a different post.

steamboat springs sunset

This was my view of the sunset in Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The resort has ski-in/ski-out access so you really can’t get much closer than this. Until next time, Colorado …

The St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colorado

Pretty, quaint, sophisticated, regal … some words I would use to describe The St. Regis Aspen Resort. It’s located in the heart of Aspen and steps away from everything.

I flew in to Aspen (for work) for the first time last week. The weather was fantastic. Leaves were changing colors, scattered all over the sidewalks and there was a chill in the air. I couldn’t help but walk around on a self-guided tour. I saw so many things along the way.

Mostly, I was taken back at how many dogs were running around. If you live in Aspen, it seems like you must have a dog and you must take him with you. Everywhere. I then drove from Aspen to Vail (about an hour and 45 minutes) and what a pretty drive! You follow the river most of the time and you can see snow-capped mountains in your rear view.

Traveling for work isn’t always a good time, but it makes the pain a bit easier to digest when you get to visit places like Aspen. Here are some photos of the resort and the city that surrounds it.

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Aspen Colorado St. Regis Aspen

Aspen Colorado St. Regis Aspen

Aspen Colorado St. Regis Aspen

I wish I had more time to explore, or someone to explore with – but the town was everything I thought it would be. In October, most of the shops close before 5pm so it does feel a little empty. But, a pretty sight to see and explore, nonetheless.

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Aspen Colorado St. Regis Aspen

Aspen Colorado St. Regis Aspen

Aspen Colorado St. Regis Aspen

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The Life of Dual Working Parents

This dual-working parent thing is no joke. One minute you’re here. One minute you’re there. Your husband has to be your best friend and you have to work together to ensure everything stays in order and the kids don’t miss a beat.

I told Kelsey last night that I was leaving on another work trip. She got sad for about 32 seconds and I thought, Here it comes. How do I explain to her that mommy has to work just like Daddy does. Then, she turned to me and said, “Mom, can you tell me the story of Little Mermaid one more time?”

I love their innocence. In that moment, I was reminded that I probably miss her more than she misses me at this age. I love those kids so much. I’m in Aspen now. Instead of working inside the hotel lobby, I stepped outside with a glass of vino and my laptop and took the photo below. I’ll post photos from Disneyland soon and then Aspen. I promise.

If the kids and Ryan were here … well, then it would be perfect.

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