Hear “Aspen, Colorado” and images of celebrities dressed in furry jackets, lavish parties and ski bunnies come to mind. In other words, big money and glitz! As budget-conscious types, we went in, challenging the town to be affordable and still wonderful. Turns out, “real folks” can enjoy good times, comfy lodging, and great food in unforgettable Aspen!


Aspen – INSIDE

By Courtney, the Insider – Being an Insider in Aspen means art and music! The Aspen Art Museum offers totally free admission and free tours (which I highly recommend). And, they have opportunities for music and movies on the rooftop. The size of the stunning museum, with its dramatic basket-weave exterior, is nice and manageable, … Continue reading Aspen – INSIDE


 Jimmy, the Outsider –  Aspen is a delightfully walkable small town, with a handy grid pattern and several pedestrian-only areas. Friendly residents are happy to get you pointed in the right direction and make recommendations. Hit the trails! Hiking is as simple as walking toward toward the mountains all around. Trails abound, some easy going and … Continue reading Aspen – OUTSIDE

Aspen - Mi Chola

Aspen – EAT

Right on Main Street, Mi Chola helps dispel the myth that every restaurant in Aspen is uber-expensive. For $9.50 on the Lunch Menu, we got a delicious Chicken Enchilada served with rice and beans. The Enchilada had salsa verde, creme, onion, cilantro and pretty, crispy radish sticks on top. For $12, we loved the Chicken & … Continue reading Aspen – EAT


Aspen – SLEEP

It can get a little tricky to keep to a budget with this one. We are talking a world class destination mountain towns, after all. However, using, we found a great deal on a spacious condo at the base of a ski run in Snowmass  at the Interlude Condominiums with a full kitchen and grill … Continue reading Aspen – SLEEP

Aspen – GO

In the related articles you’ll see here, you’ll discover some great ways to really get a feel for Aspen without spending a lot of money. But to see all of that, you need to be able to get around! Aspen makes that easy too. Walk! Aspen is very pedestrian-friendly with wide sidewalks, sections closed off … Continue reading Aspen – GO


Aspen is a wonderful, eclectic mix of rustic, natural and sleek. Take a look at a few more images from our trip to Aspen. Read all about our discoveries in Aspen, here.