Summer in the world's best mountain destinations

Get outside and play in the mountains

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Summer is when North America's best ski destinations shrug off their white cloak to reveal their full Technicolor charms, and Costa Rica’s tropical mountains enter deeper into their green season. Discover rugged backcountry pursuits in Telluride and Park City, the social scene in full swing in Aspen, or wildlife adventures in Costa Rica’s dense highlands at their most lush and beguiling.

  • Explore the backcountry on guided hikes, cycling excursions, horseback rides, and ATV excursions
  • Enjoy water sports from stand-up paddleboarding a serene high alpine lake to whitewater rafting infamous rapids
  • Attend world-class cultural and culinary festivals

Summertime play in the mountains

From taking in an annual summer rodeo (followed by a campfire sing-a-long) in Aspen to casting a line for prized trout in Telluride, the unique pleasures of summer in the mountains await.

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Mountain adventures
Enjoy a “top of the world” yoga session on a serene peak in Utah or an off-roading excursion to explore the Colorado high country few people get to see. Explore your next thrill in the mountains.
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For Families

Bike down miles of secluded trails deep in the highlands of Costa Rica, or hop on a 4x4 to cascading waterfalls in Telluride for unforgettable moments playing with your kids and grandkids.
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For Couples

From taking a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Rocky Mountains followed by a Champagne toast to enjoying a magical rafting adventure under the light of a full moon in Utah, a world of experiences await for you and the one you love.
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For Friends

Shoot clays under the vast open Utah sky or soar through alpine trees together on a zip line in Aspen to enjoy the true bonds of friendship that playing creates.
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Magical... Fabulous 2 bedroom residence with everything we needed. Great views. Very comfortable beds. A wonderful mountain experience. Lovely outdoor spa pool and pool and good restaurant and bar. The Madeline Hotel is in the centre of everything! I can't imagine how it could be better.

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Hotel Jerome An Expert’s Guide to the Aspen Saturday Market

I started my career as a line cook at Hotel Jerome over 20 years ago, and I’ve been lucky to be executive chef here since 2012. Through the years, I’ve seen Aspen undergo a number of changes, but one thing has stayed remarkably constant: the Aspen Saturday Market, a community gathering spot since it opened in 1998.

Rob Zack
Executive Chef
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Madeline Colorado’s Most Scenic—and “Fruitful”—Road Trip

As an Area Director of Sales and Marketing, I cover two amazing mountain resorts: Hotel Jerome in Aspen and Madeline Hotel & Residences in Telluride. That means I’m often on the road shuttling between the two, surrounded by some of the most scenic vistas in Colorado.

Dana Cooper
Area Director of Sales and Marketing
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Hotel Jerome How to Soar Like a Bird Over Aspen

My wife Maggie and I are Co-Captains of the Banquets Team, where you will usually find us presiding over wedding receptions and corporate events, orchestrating all the minute details from setting up 12-piece place settings to making sure the procession of courses and wine pairings goes smoothly. But I also lead a double life. As many mornings as possible, I soar like a bird high over Aspen as a paragliding instructor. It’s the most exhilarating feeling to see the four ski mountains—Aspen, Snowmass, Highlands, and Buttermilk—and the entire valley from such a high vantage point.

Tomek Pegiel
Banquet Captain
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Blue Sky Girls Getaway in a Michelin Star State

My girlfriends and I were looking for a place for a girls getaway. Our goal was great outdoor experiences and relaxed but attentive service. We wanted something a bit different this year. One friend had been to Utah before and mentioned she had a fabulous time. Of course, many of us have been skiing in Utah, but it is spring, and all the snow has melted. We were not convinced there would be anything to do. After some searching, I found out that Utah is the first state to be given three Michelin Stars!

Seeking Adventure
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Hotel Jerome Swinging High in Aspen

I moved to Aspen last summer and soon adopted the same ritual as a lot of locals I know: trekking up Smuggler Mountain for an invigorating morning hike. The usual reward is a sweeping view of the town of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley from the observation deck at the summit. But on my last trek, I found another reward far sooner. Just off the first turn, I spotted a wooden swing carved with the words #AspenSwingProject. Whether you use it for a short rest, or pump your legs for a childish thrill like I did, the swing truly is a “random act of kindness.”

Jessie Kneitel
Bad Harriet Manager
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Hotel Jerome Fireworks, Sunsets and a 4th Floor Balcony

There is a semi-secret spot at the Jerome on the fourth floor balcony that is a great place to have a drink, watch fireworks or see the sun set down over the valley. It’s a hidden nook and it’s just a sweet place to get some fresh air and look out at the Aspen mountains. You might even find Tony, our General Manager, up there taking in the beauty of this amazing town, which never gets old - which Tony should know as he as been here 35 years. PS: Don't let him know that I told you about his secret spot.

Director of Sales & Marketing

Hotel Jerome My Favorite Aspen Season Isn't Winter

There’s one thing you need to know about Aspen; you’ll come for the winter, and stay for the summer. Ski season might be total heaven, but the world-renowned events going on during the warmer months make it tough to say goodbye come September.

Troy Thibeault
Chef Concierge
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Hotel Jerome Don't Be Fooled Aspen Is For Kids

A word of warning for parents— your kids are one Junior Je-Roamer trip away from breaking your croquet winning streak, taking the "ski-ripper" family title, or showing you up at fishing. Aspen may be an adult’s paradise, but it doubles as a kid’s disneyland. While there are a myriad of adventures to explore, a Je-Roamer favorite is T-Lazy-7 Ranch, where winter is for suiting up to tour the white wonderland via snowmobile, and summer months are remembered for riding horses through Maroon Creek Valley and catching a trophy-sized rainbow trout while fly-fishing for the first time. (Don’t worry, young in age or young at heart, all are welcome.)

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Element 52 Braving Colorado’s White-Water Rapids

The roar of the Upper Piedra River is loudest when the cold, hard snow begins to melt in Telluride. So in late May, adrenaline junkies head straight for the river’s frigid Class IV rapids. “Spring runoff turns the Piedra into a raging river, perfect for intense white-water rafting,"...

Dane Olson
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Madeline Don't Forget Your Mushroom Costume

There are two things each new season in Telluride is sure to bring: a change in weather and unparalleled festivals. In my opinion, Telluride's smaller, lesser-known festivals are some of the town’s best-kept secrets. Take, for instance, the quirky Mushroom Festival. Here me out— it’s a celebration of full of cooking demonstrations, guided hikes for mushroom identification, and a parade where attendees get creative with fungal-themed costumes.

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Element 52 A Festival for the Whole Family

At the annual Blues & Brews Festival, September sunlight saturates mountains cloaked in green and gold trees—setting a colorful stage for three days of funk, rock, soul, and blues. “This event is overshadowed by all the other Telluride festivals,” says General Manager Alex Rollinson. “But it’s my favorite—and one of the few family-friendly options where kids 11 and under are free.

Alex Rollinson
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Element 52 Seeking Sky-High Thrills at Via Ferrara

“Just breathe,” he told himself as he navigated Telluride’s thrilling trek. Studded with steel rungs and strung with ropes, Via Ferrata—one of the few of its kind in the U.S.—soars 2,000 feet high and offers aerial views of a tree-littered valley and the town. The adrenaline-pumping, two-mile expedition includes navigating a rock wall, walking along a sheer cliff trail only a foot wide...

Mike Levy
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Hacienda AltaGracia Costa Rica Smells Like...

I don't just plan trips, I change lives. When a couple comes to me in need of a romantic getaway, it's especially exciting to plan a travel experience that is not only out-of-the-box and inspiring but that also stops time. An insider tip I love to give my clients is the special opportunity to make their own scrubs at Hacienda AltaGracia's spa. The team of massage therapists assist you in mixing your bathtub blend with lush tropical oils, bottling the scent of Costa Rica for you to take home.

Leigh Ann Cloutier Namu Travel Group
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Hacienda AltaGracia "I touched a cloud"

What feels dense inside, appears light as a tuft of cotton, but weighs up to a million pounds? Find out when you glide your fingers through them during an Ultralight flight above the mountains of Pérez Zeledón. When you buckle-up in the two-seat, fixed-wing Ultralight aircraft you can discover what clouds feel like as you glimpse whales, dolphins, and turtles of the Pacific Ocean from above.

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Yendry Aguero Manager, Hacienda AltaGracia Tours
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Element 52 Conquering a 14,000-Foot Summit

Locals lovingly call them 14ers—the majestic, rugged mountains rising above 14,000 feet that are heavily concentrated in Colorado, which has the most of any state. The quest to dominate these treacherous summits has captivated many adventurers. “The Telluride area has 14 of the state’s 53 peaks,” Troy Trinh says. “My favorite, Wilson Peak, happens to be one of the toughest. You might recognize its northern face from the Coors Light can.”

Troy Trinh
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Endless Open Highway along the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Trans Canada Highway from Calgary to Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Hasselblad 50 MPixel XXXL 28mm Shot.

Element 52 Adventure on the San Juan Skyway

The San Juan Skyway is a 236-mile loop that incorporates the famous Million-Dollar Highway, the most famous portion of which travels from Ouray to Silverton (US 550) over Coal Bank Summit and the Molas Divide. The route includes five passes, countless ghost towns and a smattering of some of the finest mining remnant towns in the West

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See the natural beauty of Costa Rica on horseback

Hacienda AltaGracia Saddle Up, Wine Down

I've been traveling to Costa Rica for almost 30 years, and I've been to plenty of the country's resorts. In all that time, I've never seen a place where both kids and adults can have equally incredible experiences than at Hacienda Alta Gracia. For kids, the stables are the best in Central America. Well-trained and easy for kids to ride and enjoy, my granddaughters fed and brushed the horses following their ride. Plus, a huge bonus - there are almost always baby horses on the property, which are always a hit! Back at the resort, the kids played at Kata Grande, conveniently located near a bar where parents can enjoy!

Leigh Ann Cloutier
Namu Travel Group
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Hacienda AltaGracia Get Your Hands Dirty

My friend Eladio Soto has helmed the fields at Hacienda AltaGracia since the land was only comprised of a coffee plantation. Soto, along with a group of five full-time farmers from the local community grow crops like asparagus, passionfruit, chayote squash, and mustard leaf, making my job as a chef much, much easier.

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Ramces Castillo
Executive Chef, AltaGracia
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