GET IN ON ASPEN’S “SECRET SEASON” WITH LODGING & DINING DEALS, OUTDOOR RECREATION, CULTURE & MORE
ASPEN, Colo. (March 5, 2019) – While Aspen’s summer season has started to rival its winters, many visitors have yet to discover Aspen’s “Secret Season” – from mid-May through mid-June. The Secret Season is a quieter time in town when the snow melts and the tulips, daffodils, and crabapple trees bloom. Visitors can enjoy discounted lodging and dining deals along with all of the recreational activities that town has to offer with fewer people.
Depending on the week, many properties offer rates around 40 percent lower than peak-season prices, with rates start as low as $110/night. In addition, many restaurants – with numerous al fresco dining options - offer discounted spring menus and deals.
In mid-May spring bursts into summer, Aspen trees leaf into brilliant green, and cyclists, mountain bikers, and hikers hit the trails and roads. When the roads are clear, cyclists can enjoy a car-free road bike ride to the Maroon Bells or top of Independence Pass prior to the highways opening to car traffic for the summer season. Late May & early June are also ideal for whitewater rafting enthusiasts, kayakers and stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) aficionados, as rivers and streams peak with runoff.
Events during the Secret Season include:
- The 25th annual Ride for the Pass, a fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation, returns to Aspen May 18. Cyclists race up to the top of Independence Pass at 12,095 feet and enjoy the beautiful scenic Highway 82 prior to opening to automobiles for the season.
- The Roaring Fork Valley joins an international celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with an eight-month long celebration, Bauhaus 100: Aspen. Various events will take place through August 2019. The Wheeler Opera House will host the Bauhaus 100: Aspen Ball on June 6. The free event will include live music and family friendly fun as well as a costume contest. Aspen Historical Society’s exhibit “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen” is open from Tuesdays through Saturdays.
- The Red Brick Center for the Arts is a vibrant community center that creates venues and offerings for artistic engagement. Classes and workshops offered during the Secret Season include a Bauhaus costume workshop (May 8, 15, 22, 29), adult watercolor class (May 14), and Bauhaus celebration exhibition open June 5- July 18.
- Aspen Art Museum’s 30,000 square foot building designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Shigeru Ban, is open year-round Tuesday-Sunday with free admission. The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in programs, as well as immersive activities, and community events to actively engage audiences in thought provoking experiences of art, culture and society. Exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum during the Secret Season include works from Gabriel Rico, Oscar Tuazon, Etel Adnan and Erika Verzutti.
- Belly Up Aspen features concerts several nights a week during the Secret Season, including Eminence Ensemble, The Teskey Brothers, The Record Company, and more acts to be announced soon.
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