While Aspen has a great selection of quality hotels, as with the popularity of tickets for this festival, the hotel rooms go quickly too. If your focus is on finding a spot within walking distance, snag a pad in downtown Aspen. There’s more outside of town, in Snowmass, as well as surrounding communities, but those require wheels.
Day versus night
Aside from more than 80 seminars, tastings and rubbing elbows with chefs during the day, the Classic in Aspen has some amazing parties at night. Chefs often brag the next day that they were up until 4 a.m. Find out why.
Fly into Aspen Pitkin County Airport (ASE) and choose whether to take the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) bus service to Aspen, or a hotel shuttle. Once in downtown Aspen, you won’t need any major transportation if you’re keeping your activities to the festival. Everything’s within walking distance.
Alternately, you can fly into Denver International Airport (DEN), pick up a rental car and make the 4-hour drive from Denver to Aspen. This option allows you greater flexibility in flight options and might even save you some money.