Once a scruffy Colorado mining town, the legendary Aspen is now a chic mountain resort and playground for celebrities and jet-setters. Often referred to as the "Beverly Hills of the Rockies," Aspen is a place where ski bums and millionaires meet on common ground. From LEED-certified facilities to high-tech conference rooms, to mountain lodges and luxury resorts, Aspen meeting venues are where planners can coordinate a variety of mountain meetings.
Aspen is 124 miles from Denver International Airport, but attendees may transfer to Eagle County Airport (EGE), which is 32 miles away; or to the even closer Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, which is four miles away.
For groups from 10 to 800, the Aspen meeting venue of choice is often the 98-room Aspen Meadows Resort and its LEED-certified, $14-million Doerr-Hosier Center. Just 5 minutes from the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, Aspen Meadows Resort is located in the historic west end of Aspen on 40 acres. The center's 22,000 square feet of meeting space is IACC-approved and includes six separate buildings and 24 possible meeting venues, featuring numerous terraces for outdoor gatherings with a view of the Rocky Mountains.
Hotel venues include the historic 92-room Hotel Jerome which features 7,500 square feet of private function space for 10 to 600 people, including the only above-ground ballroom in Aspen. In downtown Aspen at the base of Aspen Mountains and steps from acclaimed shopping and nightlife is the hip Sky Hotel Aspen, a Kimpton Hotel. With its 2,000 square feet of space and catering by its on-site renowned restaurant 39 Degrees Lounge, the Sky Hotel is the perfect meeting venue for groups of up to 130. The 179-room St. Regis Aspen Resort delivers 20,000 square feet of function space, from ballrooms to 14 meeting rooms including the Aspen Room, just off the lobby level of the resort and divisible into two spaces.
Steps from legendary Aspen Mountain, the 92-room Little Nell is Aspen's only ski-in/out hotel. The luxurious Little Nell accommodates groups of up to 500 including unique Aspen meeting venues such as The Wine and Alpine Rooms, the Sundeck, and the Aspen Mountain Club. Through the Little Nell, planners can even coordinate tented events at the top of Aspen Mountain.
Event venues in Aspen include the Wheeler Opera House, which has been entertaining the Aspen community since 1889. In summer time, it is home to the Aspen Music Festival and School's Opera Theatre, but the other months, the Wheeler Opera House serves as another Aspen unique venue accommodating groups of up to 500.
With over 100 bars and restaurants, Aspen is brimming with unique meeting venues for dining. Ski, hike or drive to the Pine Creek Cookhouse, for legendary mountain group dining. In winter, travel by SnoCat, gondola or sleigh to an off-the-beaten-track eatery such as Ajax Tavern. Private group venues in Aspen restaurants include Elevation Restaurant & Bar, The Caribou Club and Wienerstube Restaurant. And of course, nightlife is a stroll away in Aspen.
Book group tournaments at Aspen Golf Course, where the thin mountain air adds distance to golf games; or have attendees explore the mountains that surround Aspen. Among the most scenic spots in the Colorado Rockies are Maroon Lake and the majestic Maroon Bells, 10 miles from the town.