An Insider’s Guide To Summer in Aspen

Few people know Aspen better than Owners at Dancing Bear. With an appreciation for life well-lived and a grand sense of adventure, their time in Aspen often goes beyond the classic summer activities: symphonies at the Aspen Music Festival, kids splashing in the Mill Street Fountain, and Saturdays strolling the farmer’s market.

Here are our tips to spending summer in Aspen, inspired by Owners in our private residence club:

Casa Tua – all Dancing Bear Owners are welcomed as members at this private social club and restaurant. Sit on the second floor patio for a perfect birds-eye view of vibrant downtown Aspen, with the brass band playing on Paradise corner, the horse and carriage strolling by and the golden evening glow lighting up Smuggler Mountain.

Aspen Art Museum – the Shegiru Ban-designed building has received much attention since its opening in August 2014. See the building and exhibitions for yourself, making sure to spend some time at SO Café on the third floor, with fresh lunch dishes, espresso and wine, and exceptional views of Aspen Mountain.

Aspen from the Air – paragliding from the top of Aspen Mountain is without a doubt the most exhilarating way to take in views of the valley. Most summer mornings and afternoons, you’ll see a dozen parachutes in the sky, gracefully circling and gently descending. A tandem flight requires no experience, just the desire to soar and the courage to take the first few steps.

West Maroon Pass – in the height of summer wildflower season (mid-July to mid-August) there is no more stunning hike than the trail from Aspen to Crested Butte via West Maroon Pass. Starting at the breathtaking Maroon Bells, it’s 6.5 miles to the 12,500’ summit. After taking in the 360-degree views, you can head back to Aspen or carry on 4 miles toward Crested Butte to spend the night and shuttle back a day or two later.

The Lawn at Tempranillo – bike down valley to Basalt, where one of our favorite chefs, Javier Gonzales-Bringas, plays host at his exceptional Spanish restaurant. On the weekends, Javier makes giant pans of traditional paella and serves them at family-style tables on the front lawn. Linger over wine and conversation while the kids play on the swingset, and at the end of the night, let us shuttle you and the bikes home to Dancing Bear.

Stargazing – prepare to be wowed by the number of stars you can see on a clear night in Aspen. From the rooftop of Dancing Bear, Owners can take in a starry night next to a warm fire, use a state-of-the art telescope, or even take a guided tour of the skies with a resident expert on one of our stargazing nights.

To learn more about ownership opportunities at Dancing Bear Aspen, please contact us at 855.920.2510 (toll free in the US) or 970.920.2510 (direct) or via email at