The 10 Master Somms Who Make Up The Nell’s Wine Legacy

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in April 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage service, particularly wine + food pairing, in hotels and restaurants. The Little Nell opened on Thanksgiving of 1989 and in our 30-year history, 10 staff members have earned the esteemed Master Sommelier diploma, more than any other establishment in… Read more

A Living History: Meet The Leaders of The Little Nell

Since opening in 1989, The Little Nell’s name has become known around the world for its graceful service, award-winning wine and cuisine, and a coveted slope-side setting, just steps from Aspen Mountain. Over the course of three decades, there have been four leaders of The Little Nell who have each made their mark. The Nell… 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

Spring Wine Picks

Whether you celebrate spring with a family feast of ham, lamb or cabbage and carrots, here are 5 great wines to enjoy!  2007 Schramsberg “Blanc de Blancs.”  A terrific domestic sparkling wine. Great with oysters or on its own. 2010 Lewis Cellars Chardonnay, Napa.  A full-bodied and delicious chardonnay that’s great with matzoh ball soup… Read more

Mid-week Cocktail Fix: Ruby Park

We’re wrapping up our summer cocktail series here at The Little Nell. Every Wednesday we’ve been posting one of our drinks from the Montagna Bar along with a recipe so you can re-create your favorites at home, wow your guests or simply enjoy knowing the mixology secrets of our talented bar staff. Here’s one of our last summer beverages before we switch… Read more

Mid-week Cocktail Fix – My Name is Earl

We’ve started a new tradition this summer at The Little Nell. Every Wednesday we’re posting one of our summer cocktails from the Montagna Bar along with a recipe so you can re-create your favorites at home, wow your guests or simply enjoy knowing the mixology secrets of our talented bar staff.   This week we’re feeling a little… Read more

Mid-week Cocktail Fix

We’ve started a new tradition this summer at The Little Nell. Every Wednesday we’re posting one of our summer cocktails from the Montagna Bar along with a recipe so you can re-create your favorites at home, wow your guests or simply enjoy knowing the mixology secrets of our talented bar staff.   This week we felt like something… Read more

Mid-Week Cocktail Fix

We’re starting a new tradition this summer at The Little Nell. Every Wednesday we’ll be posting one of our summer cocktails from the Montagna Bar along with a recipe so you can re-create your favorites at home, wow your guests or simply enjoy knowing the mixology secrets of our talented bar staff.   Montagna Manager Joey… Read more

Little Nell Names New Exec. Chef

The Little Nell is proud to announce that Robert McCormick has been named executive chef, effective April 11, 2011. McCormick is no stranger to the hotel, having worked as executive sous chef since October, 2010. In that role he oversaw and supported all back-of-house culinary operations, as well as worked to initiate and orchestrate the… Read more

Five Questions with Randy Lewis

This former professional racecar driver turned California winemaker joined us in the Montagna Bar this week to talk wine, life, Aspen and how fast you can go on a snowmobile. What brings you to Aspen? What usually brings me to Aspen this time of year – having fun and skiing. I’ve been coming to Aspen… Read more