About 40 minutes from Aspen is the town of Carbondale. Here you will find a fun main street with old architecture, great restaurants, music and art galleries. Make sue to explore:
In the summer there is a Rodeo on Thursdays nights a few miles east. Here you will find a more authentic experience than the one in Snowmass Village. Every Wednesday in the summer, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is the Carbondale Farmers’ Market which is always fun. It has fresh fruits and produce as well as prepared foods and artisan products.
Check out First Fridays in Carbondale which happens each month, off season also, where all of the galleries participate in a fun evening downtown.
Roaring Fork Beer Company: Launched in 2013, this is a small brewery in Carbondale that distributes primarily in the Roaring Fork Valley. You can stop in at the tasting room right off of Rt 133 near Highway 82 at 1941 Delores Way to taste their lagers and ales. I found their Freestone Extra Pale Ale and the Squeeze it ‘til it Bursts Tangerine Blonde beers to be very hoppy with some strong bitterness. The exception was their Slaughterhouse Lager. They recently opened a great new tasting room at 380 Main St. in downtown Carbondale which features their brews. They have also partnered with neighboring Phat Thai and Town Restaurant for food options.
Powers Art Center: This recently opened museum on Rt 82 just west of mile marker 13, is open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 3pm. This is a stunning, private museum, designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nanamori, that was built as a memorial to the life of John G. Powers and showcases the limited edition works on paper by famed artist Jasper Johns. It has a spectacular setting and I really like the pieces by Johns. There is a small library with a collection of Pop Art books that were collected by John Powers. There are also ceramic works by Takashi Nakazato throughout the museum.
Carbondale Beer Works: At 647 Main St., this is a small local brewery and casual restaurant serving fresh and local ingredients.
Make sure to stop in for a latte at Bonfire Coffee, a local roaster, located at 433 Main St. in a great space.
The Crystal Theatre is a great spot to see independent and art films outside of Aspen. 427 Main St.
Recently opened is The Launchpad at 76 S. Fourth. This is an art exhibition and performance space that is a partnership of the Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities and the Dance Initiative. Check their website for current exhibition, dance classes and programs.
Recently opened is the Marble Distilling Co. Luxury Inn & Lounge. Here you can taste their spirits in the sleek tasting room, sample some of their locally sourced cuisine or stay in one of their five, beautifully designed rooms in their Inn. 150 Main St.
Just out of town is a great new find, the Ironbridge Grill, located at the Ironbridge Golf Club. Both are open to the public. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has both indoor and outdoor dining. The terrace has wonderful views of the mountains and golf course. I enjoyed my dinner with local friends who go often. The manager and server were really excellent and was the food. I loved my seared duck breast special, the pear and arugula salad and perfect Italian rosé. The walleye entree was also excellent. 430 Ironbridge Drive. From Carbondale, go west on Rts. 106/109, just south of Hwy 82 on Rt. 133 near City Market.