Overview: The Hotel Jerome opened on Aspen’s Main Street in 1889, just as the silver boom peaked. But this was no ramshackle miners’ boardinghouse. As one of the few hotels west of the Mississippi with full electric lighting, an elevator, and a public restroom, the property quickly established a reputation for elegance. A 2012 renovation updated the downtown hallmark.
Notable: The lobby features three watering holes, longtime draws for Aspen’s eccentrics. Hunter S. Thompson appropriated the casual J-Bar as his office.
Our Take: After a seven-mile rollicking jaunt on the Government Trail (mtb), indulge in an Aspen Crud. That’s five scoops of vanilla ice cream blended with three shots of bourbon.
Stay Here If: You want the full Aspen experience—equal parts posh, unique, and historic.
Information: Standard rooms start at $275 in shoulder seasons, $375 for summer. hoteljerome.com —Rachel Walker
From the Summer 2015 issue.