Top Places for a Romantic Retreat in Aspen

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The concierge team at Viceroy Snowmass suggests the top destinations for couples who escape to the mountain town.

 

Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop

“In the morning, couples can stop by Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop and create a picnic of goodies,” says the concierge team at Viceroy Snowmass. “They can take it up the chairlift to enjoy on the mountain on a bluebird day and then ski down for a fun-filled morning.” At the bakery, pastries like macarons, muffins and cookies are made fresh daily along with artisanal breads. For a quick, simple meal, the concierge team recommends picking up an assortment of donuts or bagels; however, small lunch items like sandwiches are also available. (970-544-1806)

 

Spa at Viceroy Snowmass

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Following a refreshing morning on the slopes, the spa at Viceroy Snowmass offers a couple’s suite for a romantic and rejuvenating afternoon. One of the most popular treatments at the spa is the Rocky Mountain Reconnection massage journey. With the option for a 60- or 90-minute experience, the treatment includes a massage with customized scents for couples to reach a state of relaxation together. Following the service, couples can savor light bites like local cheese boards, edamame or seasonal fruit. (970-923-8000; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com)

 

Ricard

“For lunch, there’s Ricard restaurant in Base Village (a few minutes from the resort),” the concierge team says. “It has a new menu for guests in the winter as well as new chefs. It’s a French brasserie, so there’s great French cuisine. When you’re done skiing for the day, you can literally walk 10 steps and you’re in the restaurant. They have a great patio for apres ski and they have apres specials. It’s a very comfortable and inviting setting.” (970-429-4163; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com)

 

Carriage or Sleigh Ride

“Before dinner, a nice romantic option is to take a carriage or sleigh ride in downtown Aspen,” the concierge team recommends. “It’s just really beautiful.” Aspen Carriage and Sleigh arranges private rides for special occasions, including engagements and anniversaries. Guests can be picked up in town and are taken on a serene journey through the forest and along the Roaring Fork River. During the trip, the sleigh takes a quick break for guests to warm up with apple cider or hot chocolate, and for photo opportunities. Then, guests have the option to return to their hotel or a restaurant in town. (970-925-3394; aspencarriage.com)

 

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro

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“Couples should end their day with a romantic dinner,” the concierge team advises. “There are so many places in Aspen to go for dinner. I recommend they go to Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro on Aspen Highlands. It’s very surreal and different from being in town. You’re on top of the mountain, and the views are awesome. They serve Champagne and have a great wine list.” The menu at the European-style restaurant rotates daily, but one of the must-try plates is the fondue served with dippings like apples, baguettes and pickled vegetables. (970-923-8715; aspensnowmass.com)