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September 2017

Found 3 blog entries for September 2017.

As August’s afternoon thunderstorms give way to September’s crisp, clear days, Aspen mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners rejoice. It begins with the brush turning shades of copper and auburn. By the second week of September, a handful of the town’s namesake trees fade to gold. And by the third or fourth week of the month, depending on the season’s weather, entire valleys of Aspens glow neon yellow. The best way to experience the phenomenon is on foot or bike.
Here are five hiking and biking trails in the Aspen area that truly shine when the fall foliage peaks.
Capital Lake
Hike |  Length: Approximately 6 miles
Hiking the 12 miles to Capital Lake and back makes for a long day hike, but linking Capitol Ditch Trail and Capitol Creek Trail in a loop

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Willits Town Center, just about 15 miles west of the roundabout, is becoming more and more of an attraction to Aspenites. Willits has become its own little universe where you can live, work, play, shop, dine, be entertained, and take care of your health and beauty needs. (Staying at the Westin’s Element Hotel could definitely make for a pleasant and convenient weekend getaway.)
Though Whole Foods is still a big draw, there are several new businesses that make the short trip down Valley worthwhile. Recently added to an already abundant list of retail stores, restaurants and services were Bookbinders, The Loft, Hollyann, Mezzaluna, Capitol Peak Brewery, Market Street Kitchen, Soak Hot Tubs & Endless Pools.  The Temporary opened this summer, too.

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The first half of 2017 was remarkable and surpassed even the most optimistic expectations.  Supply dropped while demand strengthened, the perfect recipe for a booming market.  Some notable year-to-date highlights for Aspen and Snowmass include the following:

  • The first half of 2017 marks the strongest period since 2007 in terms of dollar sales. 
  • The Aspen single-family market skyrocketed.  Sales tripled that of last year and the average sale price rose 10%.  Performance in this submarket even surpassed the heights of 2007.  Snowmass exhibited the opposite trend; single-family sales and prices dropped around 10% compared to last year setting the stage for added value purchases.
  • The luxury market set records, with 21 home sales over $7 million
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