The place to be in June – Aspen – Aspen is the place to be in June! Put on your bike helmet, pull on some hiking boots, grab a wine glass & get ready to get your groove on, because June is one activity-filled month in Aspen.

To kick things off… this weekend , June 8-10 is Outside in Aspen

How about 1 of 10 adventure clinics with top pro athletes, base camp with demos, welcome & après pool parties, a free chair massage, a chance to win a $6000 bike or $2000 camera, and a seat at a symposium with elite adventure athletes and Outside editors?

 What’s a Franklin get you these days?

Yep. $100 and you’re on your way to a day of rafting, kayaking, climbing a 14er, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, trail running, fly-fishing, attending an adventure dog workshop, or improving your adventure sports photography skills.

We’re signed up for mountain biking. And, in addition to the cool stuff above, the fee includes a full suspension bike rental, water, and helmet. That’s a deal.

A great chance to improve your skills or try something new and have a fun weekend in Aspen!

And only one week later, June 15-17 is Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Food & Wine will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Food & Wine Classic in Aspen with a line-up of new events and the greatest number of chefs and winemakers to be gathered at this event including Mario Batali, Giada DeLaurentiis, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Tom Colicchio, Danny Meyer, Jacques Pépin, Michael Symon, Ming Tsai and many more.

Three days of cooking seminars & demos, wine seminars, and reserve tastings – what’s not to love!

Then head over to the Music Tent for the Jazz AspenSnowmass June Festival, June 22-July 7

The Jazz AspenSnowmass June Festival is a two week event, that includes four nights of headline concerts from world-class musicians at the Benedict Music Tent. Enjoy the sounds of…
6/22 The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs
6/23 Joe Cocker
6/24 K.D. Lang and the Siss Boom Band
7/7 Okay, that’s in July, but Chris Botti is on the schedule!

So excited, one of my bestest BFFs & a remarkable jazz chanteuse herself, Jennifer Martin, is coming in from Dallas for this one – it should be an amazing week!
And to fill those June days between events

Aspen is fabulous this time of year and we alternate between hiking on the scenic trails in & near Aspen and cycling around Aspen.

If you are looking to mountain bike, check out this great article on mountain biking in Aspen from my Aspen buddy and fellow MTN Women partner, Jillian at Aspen Real Life.

View from Castle Creek Road

For a fun, easy road bike ride in Aspen, take the ABC trail out to the ABC, flip a U-turn, head back in towards Aspen and turn left onto the Cemetery Lane Trail. At the bottom, head towards Aspen on the Rio Grande trail to the Jenny Adair Wetlands (behind the Post Office). Depending on where you start in Aspen, it should be about 10 miles or less, with no significant climbs.

If you are up for a bit more of a challenge – head out to Castle Creek Rd (by the hospital) and journey up Castle Creek Rd to Ashcroft. This ride is rated difficult – about 4 miles in you’ll decide you may want to take up knitting. The ride is approximately 12.5 miles out from downtown Aspen, the road is usually pretty quiet, and the views are amazing.

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~Kim Hull, Middle Aged Ski Bum

Kim and her husband use the term “middle aged ski bum” to describe making a choice to drop out of the corporate grind and focus on living life – however you define living life. It may be skiing, it may be sailing, it may be reading a book by the ocean.For them, it’s thousands of miles of cycling each year, hiking, a bit of rock climbing, traveling and, of course, skiing.

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