Wheeler Opera House
Aspen began as a mining town which developed into a major city, in part through the efforts of Jerome B. Wheeler. Wheeler built the Wheeler Opera House, which still stands today and is one of Aspen's grandest public buildings. Bentley's is located in the Wheeler Opera House (see nightlife) and it is used as a music venue for the Aspen music festival. Also, foreign and independent films are presented here as well as theatre.
Aspen - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
I took a scouting trip to Aspen this weekend. The annual Jazz Aspen brought Natalie Cole to town. Natalie is one of my all time favorites, so I booked a hotel room and took the three hour drive from Keystone.
There are two Aspens; the Mountain and Nature Aspen, and the Aspen where you go to see and be seen. Highway 82 runs right through the middle of town, and while not too many people will venture further on 82 than Aspen, I would encourage everyone to take this drive. The narrow, twisting two lane highway (that frequently narrows down to one lane) goes through some of the most beautiful forrest I've ever seen.
The town itself is full of restaurants, bars, and shops. The Summer brings a music festival that lasts from June through September. There is a huge worldclass culinary arts festival in June. There are several pedestrian only streets and outdoor cafes and bars line the streets.
For the action seekers; mountain biking, 4-wheeling, horseback riding, hiking, golf, river rafting, and kayaking are just a beginning to what is in store for visitors.