Mountain Destinations in the Summertime

Aug 9, 2013

Mountain resorts have long been winter stalwarts—cozy havens for skiers, snowboarders and all who delight in the slope-side lifestyle. There is certainly a special satisfaction to a well-earned cocktail hour after a long, physical day on the mountain… But if you’re still thinking of mountain towns purely as “winter destinations,” you’re giving them short shrift.

Favorite spots like Aspen and Telluride boast breathtaking settings and supremely pleasant climates during the summer. They also come alive in new ways, providing an ideal escape for those looking to experience the great outdoors and music and art, fine dining, boutique shopping and other hallmarks of a rich and thriving local culture.

In these mountain towns, you can hike, cycle, mountain-bike and fish to your heart’s content, ride horses off into the sunset, take a hot air balloon ride… then switch gears for a stylish night out on the town.

Aspen’s stellar event lineup:

  • Thursday night free concert series
  • Annual FOOD & WINE Classic
  • Aspen Arts Festival
  • Labor Day Jazz festival

Nestled at the foot of majestic mountains, Telluride gives Aspen a run for its money. For over 30 years, this charming destination has been synonymous with its signature events—whether musical, cultural or culinary.

The following long-standing offerings are known for drawing the best filmmakers and musicians in the world. Blues & Brews is a particular favorite with locals because it signals the start of fall colors and the coming of ski season.

  • Mountainfilm Festival
  • Telluride Film Festival
  • Bluegrass Festival
  • Jazz Celebration
  • Blues & Brews

Add world-class restaurants, shopping and art galleries into the mix in both Aspen and Telluride and there’s something to suit every passion.

Forget the beach, head for the mountains!