Meet the Bloggers

We are here to share everything new and exciting from the five star, five diamond The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado.  We hope to become your “go to” experts for inspiring your mind, body and spirit.

Our team at The Little Nell hotel can help you plan your Aspen getaway, experience the great outdoors, select the perfect wine, prepare a delectable dish or throw a buzzworthy soirée.

Simon Chen

The Little Nell’s General Manager Simon Chen was previously the General Manager at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California. He studied at the Hotel School at Intercontinental in Sydney and has been in the hospitality business since 1990, working for independent hotels as well as The Ritz-Carlton in locations around the world, including mountain properties such as Bachelor Gulch, Telluride and Vail. Chen worked at The Nell in the mid-90’s as Front Office Manager and Assistant Guest Services Director.

Carlton McCoy

Carlton McCoy was named wine director of The Little Nell in July 2014, marking an incredible rise through the food and wine industry that began with a high school culinary program for underprivileged youth. He is one of the youngest people in the world to have earned the master sommelier diploma and is the second African American to do so. Just 29 years old, Carlton earned his master sommelier diploma in May, joining an elite group of wine professionals who have achieved the highest distinction afforded in the wine industry.