What to eat and where to stay in the Roaring Fork Valley

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In Andy Warhol’s photographs taken during his visits to Aspen in the 1970s and 1980s, the iconic artist looks happy and relaxed, as if he is “having a great time,” according to the deputy curator of the. Aspen Art Museum, Simone Krug.

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1986. © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Tate

Krug and General Curator Monica Majoli spent hours sifting through photos, archival documents, and Warhol’s diary entries – which also included praise for the Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado in general – while pulling together the museum exhibition “Andy Warhol: Lifetimes”, view it now until March 27.

“Andy Warhol loved spending time in Aspen,” Krug said.

It is therefore fitting that Aspen is the only venue in the United States for the exhibition, which was organized by Tate Modern and Museum Ludwig, Cologne, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario. Aspen Art Museum director Nicola Lees noted that it “felt like a homecoming” as Warhol not only visited Aspen regularly, but also purchased land near Carbondale and exhibited some of his. works at the museum’s inaugural exhibition in 1979.

It’s a big winter in Aspen. In addition to winning this major international retrospective, the city is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its iconic ski resort, welcoming new restaurants and unveiling new accommodation options recently renovated.

If it’s been a while since you visited Aspen, it’s winter to plan a road trip. Here’s what’s new in Roaring Fork Valley.

What to do

The exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum, which offers free admission year-round, explores some of Warhol’s lesser-known aspects, weaving pieces of the late artist’s identity and biography to help provide context to his founding work. The museum enlisted the help of Majoli, an artist based in Los Angeles, to re-conceptualize the show, which includes more than 200 pieces by Warhol organized into six themes.

Andy Warhol, Factory Diary: Andy in Drag, October 2, 1981. 3/4 ”videotape (3 in total), color, sound, 56 minutes. © The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a Carnegie Institute museum. All rights reserved.

“We worked with ideas around Warhol’s queerness, we worked with ideas specifically around pop art and its profound contribution to contemporary art in the 20th century and today,” said Majoli. “It gives a general idea of ​​how, in many ways, Warhol is an almost Nostradamus-like figure due to the way he seemed to predict the future we now live in in terms of social media and culture. celebrities who have really exploded since his death. “

The exhibition includes some of Warhol’s most recognizable works – “100 Campbell’s Soup Cans”, for example – but also pieces that casual Warhol fans may never have seen before, such as a series of drag portraits. queens and trans women of color in the middle of the year. 1970s.

“It balances the iconic work that so many viewers are familiar with, but also brings new perspectives, new works, archival items that people are not familiar with,” Krug said. “If you feel like you’ve seen all of Warhol’s shows, you sure haven’t seen this one.”

In collaboration with the Aspen Art Museum, the Powers Art Center in Carbondale (30 miles northwest of Aspen) also presents some of Warhol’s work with “Warhol in Colorado: The Artist’s Relationship with John and Kimiko Powers” , until April 30. This exhibition presents the complete portfolios of outstanding works such as “Marilyn” and “Flowers”. Entrance to the Powers Art Center is free.

This winter also marks the 75th anniversary of Aspen Mountain, which officially opened on January 11, 1947. A few weeks earlier, in December 1946, the all-new Aspen Skiing Corporation (now the Aspen Skiing Company) had unveiled the lift. 1, which at the time was the longest chairlift in the world.

The ski area is celebrating with events, offers and a special “Aspen 75” cocktail – a French 75 riff – for $ 7.50 in all mountain restaurants throughout the season. (Note that Aspen Skiing Company requires guests to present proof of vaccination to dine at their full-service gourmet restaurants and stay at their hotels; the full policy is online.)

Aspen counts the days until her birthday by posting historical photos, facts and stories on her social media accounts. On January 11, it will host a celebration at the base of the Shadow Mountain lift, and from January 9 to 11, the resort is working with Pop-Up Magazine to host three nights of multimedia storytelling on the resort’s heritage and heritage. history at the historic Wheeler Opera House.

The Aspen Historical Society also hosts a series of theatrical performances in honor of Aspen’s ski pioneers, retro film screenings, lectures and panel discussions throughout the winter season. The Company’s Wheeler / Stallard Museum features an ongoing exhibition titled “Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed” which explores Aspen’s evolution from a thriving silver mining town to a quiet ranching town to an international destination. glamour.

Provided by Chica

Chica, a Latin American-inspired restaurant with locations in Las Vegas and Miami, opened at the base of Aspen Mountain inside the Little Nell Residences.

Where to eat

Coinciding with the opening of the Warhol Lounge, the Aspen Art Museum has a new culinary team and a new restaurant concept called the Rooftop Café. Led by Chef Brian Banister and Food and Beverage Director Alex Fonseca, the new third-floor restaurant will partner with local farms and food c

co-ops to offer seasonal and cutting-edge menu options, as well as a selection of natural wines, local coffee, and Colorado craft beers.

Chica, a Latin American-inspired restaurant with locations in Las Vegas and Miami, opened at the base of Aspen Mountain inside the Little Nell Residences. Run by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia (from “Top Chef Masters,” “America’s Next Great Restaurant” and Univision’s renowned “Despierta America”), the restaurant has 4,335 square feet of indoor seating, plus a 2-room patio. 969 square feet overlooking the slopes.

Provided by Aurum Food & Wine

Aurum Food & Wine, which has branches in Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge, is opening a new outpost at Snowmass Base Village, with après-ski happy hour offerings, lounge space, and outdoor fireplaces.

Also new this winter is Catch Steak, a modern steakhouse with partner restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Playa Del Carmen and Las Vegas. The menu includes a wide range of seafood and steaks, from the 40-ounce Prime Tomahawk to the Japanese Wagyu Trio Flight.

The Snow Lodge – the Rocky Mountain offshoot of the popular Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY – is back for another winter in Aspen, this time inside the Chefs Club at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Dante, New York’s historic cocktail bar, will spearhead the lodge’s food and drink offerings.

Florida-based chef-owner Angelo Elia also opened the Aspen version of his Italian restaurant Casa D’Angelo over the summer.

Aurum Food & Wine, which has branches in Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge, is opening a new outpost at Snowmass Base Village, with après-ski happy hour offerings, lounge space, and outdoor fireplaces. Snowmass skiers and riders also have a new place to dine in the mountains with the opening of the Alpin Room, which offers cuisine inspired by the ski culture of the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps.

The Roaring Fork Valley is also home to The Residences at Aspen Valley Ranch, an 813-acre gated community in Woody Creek with luxury vacation rentals ranging from 5,700 to 13,000 square feet. (Pricing starts at $ 175,000 per month.) (Provided by Aspen Valley Ranch)

Where to stay

The downtown site of the Limelight Hotel in Aspen has evolved a lot over the years, from a Wild West waterhole called The Ski and Spur Bar to the famous 1950s Limelite nightclub at Limelite Lodge, the first hotel in Aspen to install telephones and televisions.

Since 2012, it is the Limelight hotel belonging to the Aspen Skiing Company. The space has undergone another transformation, this time in the form of a complete remodel.

Provided by the Limelight Hotel

The flagship Limelight property in Aspen reopened this winter after undergoing a major renovation to its public spaces and 126 guest rooms and suites.

The flagship Limelight property (there’s also Limelights in Snowmass; Ketchum, Idaho; and, soon, in Boulder on the University of Colorado campus) reopened this winter after undergoing a major renovation to its premises. public spaces and its 126 rooms. and suites. The eight-month project, led by New York-based design firm Stonehill Taylor, also included a new retail space and kids’ area, as well as expanded dining seating.

The Roaring Fork Valley is also home to The Residences at Aspen Valley Ranch, an 813-acre gated community in Woody Creek with luxury vacation rentals ranging from 5,700 to 13,000 square feet. (Pricing starts at $ 175,000 per month.)

Decorated in a contemporary mountain style, the houses are full of artwork by world-renowned artists and offer stunning views of valley pastures and the Elk Mountains.

Guests can take advantage of perks such as weekly housekeeping, concierge services, airport transfers, grocery delivery, private chef services, babysitting, event planning, car service and more, as well as enjoying on-site activities and experiences ranging from ice skating to snowmobiling.

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