Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Road Trip Continued: Aspen, Colorado

Upon leaving Four Corners, USA, we drove into Colorado, heading for Aspen.

I must say that driving through Colorado was absolutely gorgeous. 

The mountains were so colorful compared to the Sierra Nevadas of California that I am used to,

and I loved the white, story-bookish Aspens. 

Is it just me, or do they have eyes?

Aspen was probably my favorite of all of the cities that we visited. 

We stayed at the most charming and well-kept lodge. I felt like I was in Switzerland!

Downtown would be difficult not to love. 

Pedestrian friendly and lined with (expensive) shops, 

there was even a landscaped stream running through the middle. 

We rode a gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain - 11,212 feet high.

Later, we stopped by what is known as the most photographed mountains in North America: 
Maroon Bells. 

I can see why. 

I love love loved Aspen and am looking forward to visiting again when it's covered in snow!

Stay tuned for our last stop...

Arches National Park in Moab, Utah



andrea@townandprairie said...

Colorado is beautiful! One of my absolute favorite places to be! The air is so refreshing and the scenery is like soul food.

Deborah said...

Oh my Jess!
This is beautiful!
What a lovely time...I love all your photos...they are excellent!
Hugs and a happy week!

All my heart,
Deborah xo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Jess! I have never even considered going to this part of the country, but I can see how appealing it could be, especially if you love the outdoors. The shopping area is lovely, and what can you say but that this part of our country is majestic. So good to go on vacation with you! Hugs to all, Anita

Antee Gurung said...

hello jess, how r u? i would love to visit Aspen oneday. seeing this pics, i am putting that in my bucket list. lol...but must say u r too lucky to experience this wonderful trip!!!!

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Rustic Vintage Country said...

That just looks a totally amazing place, WOW! Yes, I see the eyes in the trees. x

Tammy said...

Hi ladies. Wow beautiful images...looks like you are have a wonderful time. So happy for you.

Now I'm itching to get on the road and travel.

Tammy<3 said...

You really are having a wonderful trip around us Jess.
Aspen looks beautiful.
All those pretty flowers.
The Hotel does look a little Swiss.
enjoy it all..
love val

Cinzia said...

I would like very much to visit USA!!!
I think they are wonderful!

Susie Swanson said...

Oh I can't keep up with slow down a bit girl. Those are some beautiful photos and thank you for giving me the opportunity to see it through your eyes. Hugs, xo


I was in Colorado last in 1966. GORGEOUS countryside indeed. I think you're right about the eyes.

Susan said...

I've never been to Aspen but would like to go. Looks gorgeous. Susan

Susie said...

All of your picture are wonderful !! I knew the shops in Aspen would be high dollar places. I've enjoy your road trip so much. xoxo,Susie

NanaDiana said...

I love Aspen, too. I have not been there in years and years and years. It is a great place. Wonderful pictures here- xo Diana

Palomasea said...

Stunning!!! I have not visited Colorado....but neat to see your first-hand travel journal...
incredibly beautiful.....thank you!!
- Irina

miss b said...

Stunning scenery and one gorgeous photo after another! The sky is such a rich deep blue and all the colours look so vivid. The outdoor café looks like somewhere I would have chosen to sit for a while! A beautiful area whatever the season.

From The Heart said...

Beautiful!Makes me feel as though i am there!!!

Aida said...

What a stunning view. It's one of the paces I will visit. I can't imagine it being filled with snow.

I love the stream framed with beautiful blooms.

Thank you for sharing.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

The pictures are stunning. Have not been to Aspen in years. Would love to go again.
Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.
See my last post of hummers that you love.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Darling Sheri,

How wonderful to see you come visit today; well my poetry class has been the beginning of a new world of reading and writing poetry. This class has TAMED the wild thing within me to think I can even be a poet. But with hard work and time, I may be able to write ONE GOOD POEM. I've had to harness my ambitions, but that's OK, because if we don't know who we are, any disappointment that is sure to come can really discourage you.

Thank you for seeing the poem. Anita

Kirsten Steen said...

THIS looks like a fabulous road trip! And how I loved the landscaped spring. Can't wait to see more! Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

Red Rose Alley said...

Aspen is beautiful, Jess. I bet the mountains are majestic all covered in snow.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh, we ALL have the wild horse within my dearest!!!!!!! Anita

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess! Oh, it looks so gorgeous. I've only been to Denver and Estes Park up in the mountains and I loved that. Now I want to take a road trip!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Yuli Conversations said...

Wow this is so peaceful... I saw this on groupon the other day and told my husband about it. I often long for sceneries like these, I think because I grew up in a similar atmosphere.

Hayu Maselli said...

Hello Jess,

Amazing Aspen indeed. the landscape stream such a unique and beautiful.
For sure the best place forsummer vacation ;)
happy summer Jess