In addition to good restaurants, Basalt is a fun town to explore. It is just 18 miles from Aspen. Make sure to visit:
Woody Creek Distillers: At 60 Sunset Drive in Basalt, right off of Willits Lane. Make sure to visit their stunning, contemporary tasting room. They are known for their vodka from locally grown potatoes. Once one of the largest potato growing regions in the US at the turn on the 20th century, it has recently re-emerged with the the growing of the crop by Woody Creek. As a non-vodka drinker, I really liked the taste. However, the highlight for me was their very smooth and excellent Young Colorado Whiskey made with four grains and their 100% Rye Whiskey.
Ann Korologos Gallery: At 211 Midland Ave, this is a lovely gallery featuring paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics. Ann is very involved in the local art scene and very active on the board of Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Right in the heart of Basalt is The Art Base, formerly known as The Wyly Art Center. Here you can see a temporary exhibition, take a class or workshop or attend one of their events. Their Annex at 174 Midland Ave is where you can see exhibitions as well.
For a good selection of local produce, specialty foods and crafts, the Basalt Sunday Market in the heart of downtown is a great spot and good family activity. Don’t miss Avalanche Cheese Company for great goat cheeses and meats. They also own Meat & Cheese Restaurant & Farm Shop in Aspen.
A great new find is Confluence Coffee located at 104 Midland Spur in downtown Basalt. This is a new spot downtown that serves great coffee as well as breakfast items plus sandwiches, paninis and salads for lunch.