Local Insights: Aspen | Summer 2012


Local Insights

Stephanie Borgo, chef concierge at The St. Regis Aspen, shares the rich and vibrant summer experiences awaiting guests in and around the resort.

By Andrea Landis

Serving guests of The St. Regis Aspen Resort for 12 years, Stephanie Borgo has cultivated insider knowledge of all the best places to indulge and unwind. Here are her recommendations for where to polish up, suit shop and cool off this summer.






Outfit your sunny Aspen summer in outdoor gear, luxurious swimwear and chic clothing from sought-after local boutiques and trusted brands.

“During the summer months in Aspen, most people go hiking, white-water rafting, fly-fishing and biking in addition to swimming,” Borgo says. “Gear for these activities can be found at aspen sports, and aspen outfitting company, both of which are located in the st. Regis Aspen resort.” Aspen sports carries a
wide selection of the best active wear brands, and Aspen Outfitting Company offers fly-fishing excursions throughout the roaring folk Valley in addition to clay and pistol shooting opportunities. (Aspen sports; 970-925-6331; aspensports.com. Aspen Outfitting Company; 970-925-3406; aspenoutfitting.com)

For classic summer clothing, Borgo recommends Pitkin county Dry goods. “this locally owned women’s and men’s wear store has everything from clothing to accessories,” she says. Known as “Aspen’s original clothing store,” Pitkin County Dry Goods curates pieces that blend the mountain town’s casual sophistication with an urban edge. (Pitkin County Dry Goods, 520 e. Cooper Ave.; 970-925- 1681; pitkincountydrygoods.com)

Another local boutique Borgo adds to her recommendations
for summer staples and accessories is J. Crew. The simple yet iconic brand has hundreds of on-point essentials and is located just blocks from the st. Regis Aspen resort. (J. Crew, 205 mill st.; 970-544-1631; jcrew.com)













Get summer-ready from head-to-toe with services from aspen’s signature spas and salons.

Borgo’s top recommendation year-round is the remède spa at The st. Regis aspen resort. “Our full-service spa includes relaxation areas, pre- and post-treatment rooms and a confluence area with

t and cold plunges and steamers,” she explains. “services range from facials and hot stone massage to manicures and pedicu

res.” There is no better place to prepare and polish for sunny summer activities than just outside your room, enveloped in the impeccable comfort that only the st. Regis can provide. (rèmede spa at The st. Regis aspen resort, 315 e. Dean st., 970-429-9650; stregisaspen.com/spa)

“For hair services, we recommend a salon in town called salon tullio,” Borgo says. “It’s a high-end salon about five minutes from the hotel, well-known for its exquisite haircutting, coloring and styling.” Salon Tullio also offers a wide array of luxury hair products including kérastase. (salon Tullio, 208 e. Main st.; 970- 925-7201; salontullio.com)



Pampered and donning summer’s finest styles, it’s time indulge in an iced treat or freshly baked bite.

“paradise Bakery is a very popular spot for ice cream in aspen,” Borgo says. “They have homemade gelato and ice cream in really unusual flavors, and the line is out the door in the summertime to get them.” She adds, “On top of that, they make croissants, brownies, cakes and cookies from scratch and bake them fresh.” (Paradise Bakery, 320 s. Galena st.; 970-925-7585; paradisebakery.com)

Poolside refreshments and accommodations at The st. Regis aspen resort are also unmatched. Surrounded by the grand red brick architecture of the picturesque resort, enjoy lunch or a signature cocktail while unwinding from your aspen adventures in the soothing water, on the sundeck or in one of three outdoor whirlpool tubs. (The st. Regis aspen, 315 e. Dean st.; 970-920-3300; stregisaspen.com)