Cheers! Your Guide to the Après-Ski Cocktail Classic

Each summer, one of the country’s preeminent sip-and-be-seen events, known as the FOOD & WINE Classic, comes to Aspen for three days of indulgence, much of which is centered at The Little Nell. Most people may not be familiar with a sassy springtime event, headquarted at The Little Nell, called the Après Ski Cocktail Classic…. Read more

How You Can Help Aspen’s Homeless Population

Aspen is an incredibly philanthropic town. On any given summer day there’s either a benefit, a play produced by Theatre Aspen, a lecture sponsored by the Aspen Institute, or a nature tour led by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Organizations that bring the Roaring Fork Valley’s community together are also important and popular, which… Read more

Bug Out! To a New Culinary Sensation

Are you adventurous enough to eat bugs for dinner? Not as a garnish or shocking side dish; but baked, sauteed, and served front and center. If you’re feeling uneasy about eating insects, you’re not alone. There’s a mental hurdle to get over before you enthusiastically welcome them on your plate. Which is why we’re going… Read more

Full Moon Powder Tours? Yes, Please.

01.05.17 update: Full Moon Powder Tours are on hold for now, as we await approval from the US Forest Service. We’ll share news once we receive an update – if these will be offered this winter.   Adding to The Little Nell’s popular roster of Skiing & Winter Adventures is quite possibly the most anticipated… Read more

Take Aspen Home with You; Finds from The Little Nell’s Boutique

Aspen is renowned for its shopping, but what happens when you’re fully booked with First Tracks, a Snowcat Powder Tour, dining at Cloud Nine and après skiing at Ajax Tavern? Before you realize it, your trip is over and you’re in need of gifts (and maybe something for yourself too). Guests of the Little Nell need not… Read more

Five Reasons to Ring in 2017 in Aspen

Are you planning to be in Aspen for this New Year’s Eve? We hope so, but if you’re still unsure of your plans, why not come to Aspen to celebrate with this town and its wonderful people? If you’re not quite convinced, here are the top 5 reasons to ring in the New Year in… Read more

Christmas in Aspen; Things to Do & See

Picture that winter snow globe you would eagerly shake as a kid. It likely had a skating pond and snowy bridges covering ice-cold streams. Towering mountains stood sentry over a quaint town with twinkling lights, and colorful ribbons and decorations hung from the street’s lamp posts while couples stood underneath them kissing in the snow…. Read more

How Chef Ryan Hardy Left His Mark on the Roaring Fork Valley

After decamping to Manhattan in 2013, Hardy returns in December to kick-off The Little Nell’s 2nd Annual Guest Chef Dinner Series. An excerpt from Aspen Sojourner, by Laurel Miller. Food-loving locals and devotees of The Little Nell still look back fondly on former executive chef Ryan Hardy’s tenure. The chef, who helmed Montagna (now Element… Read more

2017 James Beard Awards Call for Entries

The countdown to the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards is underway. Considered the Oscars of the American restaurant world, the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The awards cover all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers… Read more

Artists That Call Aspen Home (+Must-See Galleries)

Aspen may be recognized internationally first and foremost as a ski town, but it’s quickly earning a reputation as an arts town, too. That’s fitting, given the percentage of people employed in the arts in Aspen makes it No. 2 in the country per capita, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s… Read more