Hiking 14-ers: Mt. Massive

Little Nell Lead Adventure Specialist Kane Hudson is continuing his quest to hike all the peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet (known as “14-ers”). He recently hiked Mt. Massive, elevation 14,428 feet, which is the second tallest peak in Colorado.   Hiking up Mt. Massive I headed over Independence Pass recently for a try at another 14er — Mt. Massive.  Just south… Read more

Pairing Wine and Cheese – A Primer

October is American Cheese Month – a time when we celebrate delicious and diverse cheeses and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers and chefs who bring them to your table. Here at The Little Nell, we celebrate local cheese by serving cheeses from the Avalanche Cheese Company, made in nearby Basalt, and we also love to pair cheese with delicious wines…. Read more

Off-season Hours and Specials

It’s “off season” in Aspen, and that means town is quieter, snow is beginning to fall and there are a variety of changes at local restaurants from amazing prix fixe options to full-on closures. We’re staying open at The Little Nell throughout the fall, and we’re offering some really great bar/restaurant specials.  Montagna has switched to a $48, 3 course… Read more

The Absolut Best Bloody Mary

We are one of six finalists in Colorado for the Absolut Bloody Mary Competition! Our very own Mark Yeager and Carlton McCoy came up with a delicious concoction called “It’s All Greek to Me.”                     And if they win in Colorado… they get to go to The Iron… Read more

Hiking 14ers – The Collegiates

Our intrepid Lead Adventure Specialist, Kane Hudson, recently tackled a few of the Collegiate Peaks in his quest to hike all of the mountains over 14,000 feet in Colorado (more commonly referred to as “14ers”). Here are his hiking notes/images from the trail… Mount Yale I headed over to Buena Vista and enjoyed some great… Read more

Wedding of the Month – Snowmass Club

We’re deviating a bit from our usual format and have chosen to highlight a wedding at our sister property, The Snowmass Club, for our September Wedding of the Month. This fun affair featured lots of live music, dancing and family. The Carrie Weprin/Jared Hecht wedding was a Labor Day holiday weekend full of activity that… Read more

Fall Adventures

Fall musings from The Little Nell’s Lead Adventure Specialist, Kane Hudson: Autumn has officially started, and the weather has been perfect these last few days here in Aspen.  If you can make the time for some fall foliage tours, Aspen would be a great hub for your travels.  Here are a couple scenes from the… Read more

The Perfect Bloody Mary

As summer nears an end and tomatoes are in full bloom, what better way to enjoy them than making a deliciously fresh take on the Bloody Mary?  I created my take on a Bloody Mary for The Taste of Colorado event in Denver a few weeks ago, and it was a delicious success.  This version highlights the complexity of mezcal — tequila’s… Read more

What Wine to Pair with Macaroni and Cheese?

We asked our assistant food and beverage director (and advanced sommelier), Vilma Mazaite, what food she liked to eat when the weather starts to turn cooler. Her answer surprised us, largely due to Vilma’s slender waistline! She has the perfect wine pairing for a gooey, cheesy batch of Mac & Cheese… just right for a fall… Read more

Laid Back – Gin and Juice

In recognition of Snoop Dogg’s performance at The Belly Up here in Aspen last Saturday, we thought we would share our recipe for “Gin & Juice” in his honor. Snoop  has dined with us before at Montagna, and pretty much half our staff at Montagna attended the concert last week for a little late-night fun. Sippin’ on Gin &… Read more