Into The Little Nell’s Wine Cellar [Q&A with Carlton McCoy]

The wine program at The Nell is known around the world for acquiring sought-after bottles, recommending varietals, and setting trends in the industry. Recently I sat down with Carlton McCoy, Master Sommelier at The Little Nell, to discuss a rather new aspect of the wine program: The Little Nell’s Wine Cellar. Whether you’ve been visiting… Read more

From Mushrooms to Wagyu – Aspen’s Farm to Fork Network

Progressive yet traditional; classic although contemporary; with a magnetic draw while having a taste of Wild West. Aspen is an eclectic mountain town unlike any other and while this unique place welcomes newcomers and out-of-box innovation, maintaining Aspen’s farm to fork network is what stabilizes and guides the sustainable growth. One central branch of that… Read more

The Very Best Breakfast in Aspen

Souffle pancakes. Poached eggs. Crispy bacon. Fresh coffee. All these culminate to one stellar experience that is Breakfast. Breakfast should energize you, recenter you, and prepare you for the day ahead. This is why being named the best breakfast in Aspen is an honor, and we are excited to share our favorites with you. Here… Read more

Click: A Photo Editor’s Top Pics of Aspen

We invited photo editor Etta Meyer to curate a gallery of images for The Little Nell’s Instagram. Etta, a well-heeled travel writer, pulled together a series of photos that reflected her vision for a perfect day in Aspen as a guest at The Nell. See below for her favorite pictures from morning to noon to… Read more

Our Favorite Wine Experiences in Aspen

In its 35 years, the FOOD & WINE Classic has turned Aspen from an alpine escape with decent eats to a coveted stop on the gourmet circuit. Each June, celebrity chefs and sommeliers land in Aspen for a three-day festival of seminars, demonstrations, parties, and tastings — all focused on what’s trending in the food… 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

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

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

A Year in the Life of an Aspen Mountain Bride

Just one year ago, Carla Frates Meyer and Hunter Simpson Powell were married atop Aspen Mountain at The Little Nell. Having crested their first anniversary, the pair looks back on the past twelve months and also has exciting news to share for the coming year… It all began on June 27, 2015, with a destination… Read more