The shoulder seasons from mid-April to late May and October through mid-November afford meeting planners a chance to access some of Aspen-Snowmass's most exclusive properties at lower rates while still enjoying the area's many attractions.
One of the historic jewels of downtown is the city-owned Wheeler Opera House, which seats more than 500 and has a comfortable reception area with large bar that is perfect for mingling.
>> The Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain and Aspen Meadows Resort's new Doerr-Hosier Center are both LEED-certified. City buses are hybrids or use biodiesel, and the town is easily walked and biked. Many of the hotels provide transportation to and from Sardy Field, a landing spot for some of the world's most impressive jets, making rental cars oftentimes unnecessary.
>> St. Regis, one of Aspen's major meetings and events facilities, has introduced the Aspen Room to accommodate parties for up to 250 or dinners for 120. The lobby-level room has a warm ambiance with a large fireplace and living room-style area and is divisible into two spaces to create a dining room for parties up to 25 or dinners seating no more than 16. The resort also remodeled its conference level and converted its club level into an intimate space that holds up to 75 for receptions and 30 for meals.
>> Plan your event in conjunction with one of the area's well-known events such as the Aspen Music Festival, Food & Wine Magazine Classic, Wintersköl, X Games, Aspen Ideas Festival and Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festivals.
Population: About 6,000
Nearest airport: Aspen Colorado Sardy Field (ASE)
Conventions centers/Large event spaces:
St. Regis Aspen
315 East Dean Street
For more information:
Stay Aspen Snowmass // 888.649.5982 / http://www.stayaspensnowmass.com
Aspen Chamber Resort Association // 970.925.1940 / http://www.aspenchamber.org
This article has been re-edited for the Web. Article originally by Beth Buehler.