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Issue 5: Aspen

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  • Mountain biking in Aspen. Photograph by Ilan Shacham
  • The Benedict Music Tent at the Aspen Music Festival. Photograph by Galdones Photography
    The Benedict Music Tent at the Aspen Music Festival. Photograph by Galdones Photography

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    There’s something to be said for listening to gorgeous music in a gorgeous setting. The Aspen Music Festival lures stars such as Yo-Yo Ma to perform classical music in sprawling concert halls, one of which was founded in 1889. The annual summer festival is available to those on every budget: Casual clothes are de rigeur at concerts, and a full 25 percent of events are completely free.

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      When in Rome, eat pasta. When in Aspen, get outside—as much as possible! With miles of trails suitable for novices and experts alike, the breathtaking hiking here is nonpareil. We’re particularly fond of Maroon Bells, where two of the most photographed peaks in North America are reflected in Maroon Lake. A comprehensive list of area trails can be found here.

    • Fly-fishing on the river. Photograph by Brian Bailey
      Fly-fishing on the river. Photograph by Brian Bailey

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      Fly fishing is meditative, relaxing and a darn good time. As with most things in Aspen, you can do it the low-impact way (sodas and packaged sandwiches) or the high-volume way (a guided excursion that includes food and wine pairings). No matter how you slice it, expect a fun day out on the water. Local fish include wild rainbow trout, carp and speckled trout. They’re all delicious.

    • Hats and bags for sale. Photograph by Galdones Photography
    • Tents at the Food & Wine Classic. Photograph by Allen Zepeda
      Tents at the Food & Wine Classic. Photograph by Allen Zepeda

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      Hobnob with the likes of Andrew Zimmern and Thomas Keller at star-studded parties; watch cooking demos by Jacques Pépin; sip world-class wines while standing on top of Aspen Mountain. Any food lover would flip for the annual Classic thrown by Food & Wine Magazine—a destination event in one of America’s prettiest cities.

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      Local tomatoes at the market. Photographs by Galdones Photography
       
       
      Fresh-baked breads and pastries.
       
      Colorado cherries.