Summer in the world's best mountain destinations
Get outside and play in the mountains
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
5th Night on Us
Ski Telluride’s legendary slopes, snowmobile around winding bends through dense forest, and snowshoe across vast alpine meadows. With so much to do in Telluride in the winter, stay an extra night on us to experience even more. Book four consecutive nights and enjoy the fifth on us.
Hotel Jerome has been the social hub of Aspen since its opening in 1889, known as the place where all great stories are born and told. After a day of exhilarating summer pursuits, from hiking and paragliding to taking in world-class culture and shopping, settle in Aspen’s de facto living room for mountainside camaraderie and contemporary luxury, all in a historic setting.learn more
Just outside Park City, our 3,500-acre ranch is where to revel in an untamed landscape of pristine wilderness. Enjoy summer adventures to feed your spirit and awaken your soul, from horseback riding over hard packed trails to fly-fishing our remote private rivers. Airy, modern mountain accommodations await after a day of playing in nature.learn more
Telluride is the most historic town in the Rockies, and Madeline is your basecamp, located steps away from where hiking trails start and access to the rugged Colorado backcountry begins. After a day of summer thrills, rejuvenate in our outdoor pool ringed by iconic mountain peaks.learn more
Costa Rican native Alberto J. Esquivel originally intended to build a family retreat in the foothills of the awe-inspiring Talamanca Mountains. That original passion has grown into Hacienda AltaGracia, an 850-acre estate for those seeking real hacienda-living after a day of summer pursuits in Costa Rica’s still undiscovered lush green highlands.learn more
Make small-town Telluride your very own small-town heaven with one of our artfully designed residences, situated steps from the heart of downtown. A private funicular transports you directly to Telluride Trail for endless summer treks to roaring waterfalls, sprawling wildflower-dotted meadows and high-alpine lakes.learn more
Situated in the unspoiled Cimarron Range, our 10,000-acre working cattle ranch north of Telluride is where multigenerational families and groups of friends can escape to relish total privacy and experience spirited summer adventures of true Americana.learn more
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.
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.
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. TripAdvisor 2019
Stories from Auberge Resorts Collection
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.)
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,"...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.”
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
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!
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.