A Toast to Spring: Clicquot in the Snow

“This is the way to après-ski …” A simple, but oh-so-true statement overheard recently on the sun-drenched Ajax Tavern patio. The reason is simple: Clicquot in the Snow. An unparalleled celebration of all that après-ski in Aspen — and The Little Nell — have to offer, this unique toast to spring is a not-be-missed happening…. Read more

Ski-Day Nutrition: Staying Fueled on the Slopes

With ski season in full swing, many of our guests are gearing up for long, thrilling days schussing through Aspen’s famous powder. But life at 8,000 feet—especially if you’ll be burning an average of 350 calories an hour—requires special attention to nutrition and hydration. At the Little Nell, we’re dedicated to helping you embrace every… Read more

Food Trends for 2019: Predictions from a Master

The Little Nell has long been a trendsetter for noteworthy dining experiences. Aspen guests come with sophisticated palates, but they also want food that will serve as fuel. A vacation in Aspen can involve lounging at the pool, but more often, the draw is early gondola rides and long powder runs. Because of these preferences,… Read more

Aspen’s Finest Pie: element 47 Apple Pie Recipe

By now, your fresh, free-range turkey has been ordered, the RSVPs have been tallied, and it’s time to double check those shopping lists. Thanksgiving is all about traditions; when else does anyone put a marshmallow on top of sweet potatoes? As much as we love traditions, we are here to share something that might be… Read more

The Perfect Aspen Itinerary – Winter Edition

Drafting your winter travel itinerary for Aspen? Don’t allow perfectionism to distract you from living in the moment before—or during—your winter holiday. We’ve created a launchpad for how to embrace the best ski vacation in Colorado. We’ve outlined the steps for how best to experience The Nell with our Perfect Aspen Itinerary. In the meantime,… Read more

The Recipe for Our Most Popular Cocktail: Xavier’s White Cosmo

Inspired by the eponymous cocktail from bartender Xavier Herit at Daniel in New York City. Carlton McCoy, Wine Director and Master Sommelier at The Little Nell, adapted this popular cocktail from the Manhattan establishment, to serve year-round in Aspen. According to McCoy, “It offers the perfect balance of sweetness, alcohol and acidity, capped by floral… Read more

How to Experience The FOOD & WINE Classic Without a Pass

The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen is a magnetic intersection of culinary masters, vintners, and wine. Now thirty five years and counting, this premier gathering attracts a collection of gastronomical stars from around the world. Since the inaugural Classic, which garnered several hundred attendees in 1983 and was held in Snowmass, the event has evolved… Read more

Sip in the Sun: Incredible Patios in Aspen

The best patios in Aspen all share something in common: They perfectly blend food, drink, and atmosphere to create a memorable, panoramic experience. Whether your ideal patio setting is an intimate, low-lit affair or a rowdy afternoon in the sun, Aspen has a unique mix of restaurants with patios. Our favorites are outlined below. Ajax… Read more

The Best Après-Ski Cocktails in Aspen

Nothing beats a fireside cocktail after hours of skiing. The ability to dress down and warm up with your fellow travelers is as much of the Aspen Experience as the mountain itself. Aspen has countless après-ski bars and lounges, suitable for all preferences, but beyond the atmosphere, there are a handful of handcrafted cocktails made… Read more

The 2018 Guest Chef Series at The Little Nell

More and more often, world-renowned chefs are swapping kitchens with one another to share their culinary creations across oceans, borders, and cultures. It’s a recipe for success. Talented chefs such as Blaine Wetzel land in a new country and stir up a multi-course meal with foreign ingredients, a fresh team, and in a new environment,… Read more