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

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

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

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

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

The Big One – Running the Leadville 100

We’re wishing ultra-runner (and ultra-front desk manager here at The Little Nell) Dylan Bowman oodles of luck as he competes this weekend in the Leadville Trail 100. The race features one hundred miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain — from elevations of 9,200 to 12,600 feet. Dylan came in third last year (he started running just 18 months… 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

Wedding of the Month: Avila ~ Bridges Wedding

When a bit of bad weather decided to show up on May 14, 2011, Aspenite Nury Avila didn’t let it destroy her wedding day… Previous plans to host the ceremony on The Little Nell’s courtyard were dashed by Mother Nature, but luckily there was a back-up plan. Wedding organizers quickly moved the ceremony into the property’s intimate “Wine… Read more

Mid-Week Cocktail Fix: Smokey Monk

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’s pick features a bit more… Read more