Ride & Dine Dinner at Rock Bottom Ranch

Have you experienced a farm-to-table dinner this summer? Don’t miss your chance! Join us for the final event in our popular Ride & Dine Series Thursday, Aug. 27 from 4-9 p.m. at Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt. The Little Nell is proud to team up with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) to support its Sustainable Agriculture Education Program…. Read more

A Pet’s Perspective

At The Little Nell, it’s important to us that every guest has a memorable visit – including pooches! Through our petiquette program, pets are treated like family. We offer a special pet menu, jet lag kit, silver bowls, comfy beds and lots of attention. This summer, writer Abby Miller (a.k.a Denver Darling) visited The Little Nell with her… Read more

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe Ever

Hot Chocolate – not just for winter anymore. Hailed by Travel + Leisure as “America’s Best Hot Chocolate,” by Buzzfeed as “Best Hot Chocolate Ever,” and tastemakers of all ages as their go to drink at The Nell, our cocoa has made waves for quite some time and in every season. Pastry Chef Curtis Cameron… Read more

Checking in with Matt Padilla, Chef de Cuisine at element 47

Photo: Daniel Krieger. Ever since he graduated from culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Denver, Matt Padilla has pursued a path towards using farm-fresh ingredients in all of his recipes. After school, his first post was at The Kitchen and Colterra in Boulder, Colo., where he learned to make simple but delicious food, and… Read more

Intimate Artist Dinner at The Nell featuring Vittorio Grigolo

The Aspen Music Festival and School is pleased to present a special concert and dinner this week with Italian tenor and Metropolitan Opera star, Vittorio Grigòlo. Considered by many to be the next Pavarotti, Mr. Grigòlo has taken the opera world by storm and is among the fast-rising superstar tenors of his time. One of… Read more

Birds & Bubbles with Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot arrived in Aspen on July 19 for “Birds & Bubbles,” a Sunday picnic at Ajax Tavern, bringing with them a Clicquot Mail‬ truck and mobylettes. The 6 Million Dollar Band played 80’s hits while guests enjoyed Champagne, fried chicken and all the fixins. The Little Nell stopover was a highlight of Clicquot En… Read more

Carte Blanche – A Custom Menu from Chef Matt Padilla

Carte Blanche, offered nightly, is a constantly evolving menu by element 47’s Chef de Cuisine Matt Padilla. Featuring five courses, this custom menu is designed for diners who are curious about new concepts and flavors from the kitchen, always prepared with seasonal ingredients. Portions are slightly smaller than those offered on e47’s traditional menu in… Read more

Seeing Stars

Adding to an already action-packed list of summer adventure offerings, The Little Nell introduces Stargazing Jeep Tours as shown in this Aspen Mountain video. These nighttime outings are led by an adventure concierge from The Nell and an astronomy expert from Aspen High School. Guests meet at the hotel just before sunset to depart in… Read more

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

The Food & Classic in Aspen celebrates 33 years of fine wine, cuisine, Grand Tastings, seminars, socializing and more this weekend. Starting Thurs., June 19, The Nell will be teeming with formal and informal gatherings (from the restaurants to the living room to the stairwells), eccentric events (think pop-up concession carts and Champagne toasts), winemaker… Read more

Simon’s Top Summer Traditions

Summertime in Aspen unleashes an abundance of activities that appeal to all. We asked our Managing Director, Simon Chen, for his personal take on the best cultural, social and athletic endeavors in store this season. Q: The Food & Wine Classic is right around the corner – June 19 – 21 – how would you… Read more