While perhaps best know as a winter playground and ski resort, what the locals know is that the cultured and the adventurous of all abilities and proclivities flock to town as the snow melts and the plethora of warm-weather pursuits take centre stage. Outdoor enthusiasts love the high-mountain hiking through lush aspen forests; serene road bike rides to places like the famed Maroon Bells; kayaking or rafting through rapids and more – but Aspen town is just as vibrant. Festivals like the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, Jazz Aspen Snowmass music festivals, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dance performances engage the visceral. Sunset al fresco dining at world-class restaurants and shopping add to Aspen’s cosmopolitan flair. The oft-cited local adage is “you come for the winter, but stay for the summer”!