Those who know Julie Macklowe will tell you that she is the one to call in New York if you want to go out, let your hair down and have some good old fashioned fun. But don’t let that fool you. This tomboy sports addict dressed in haute couture is also a serious philanthropist and businesswoman, a former hedge fund manager turned beauty entrepreneur with her own skincare line called vbeauté. This avid, expert traveler escapes New York with her husband and daughter whenever possible to spend some downtime in Aspen, a place that is truly home to her.
YOU OWN A HOME IN ASPEN… WHAT HOTEL DO YOU RECOMMEND TO FRIENDS AND WHY?
I was born and raised in Aspen, but as an adult I have stayed in a lot of the hotels, have owned a few homes with my family and currently own a beautiful townhouse. As for hotels, The Little Nell is a classic and everyone loves the new Dancing Bear (a private residence club). For a lower-cost option, the Aspen Square’s location is hard to beat. That said, if you want a rugged party option, I always love the Sky Hotel
BEST RESTAURANTS FOR PEOPLE WATCHING
Cloud 9 on the top of Highlands is bar none the best lunchtime spot to spray champagne and get crazy. In the evening, Mezzaluna is always a hot spot; Jimmys for the bar scene and I love Justice Snow’s.
BEST RESTAURANTS FOR FOOD
Cache Cache is the best place in town, hands down.
BEST BARS FOR APRÈS SKI
Sky Hotel or Little Nell if you like pumas (those are aged cougars).
FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP
All of Aspen is a giant Disneyland for adult shopping – favorite local shops are Nuages and Max for women’s clothes.
BEST SKI SHOP
Gorsuch at the base of Ajax. They have it all, usually.
The St. Regis hotel has the best spa in town.
FAVORITE THING TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT SKIING BLACK DIAMONDS
I only ski double blacks or else it’s skiing the bunny slopes with my daughter, Zoe.
AJAX OR HIGHLANDS?
Highlands. Wake, hike the bowl, ski the Deep Temerity lift, then lunch at Cloud 9; life doesn’t get much better. If it’s freezing, Ajax is good.
AJAX TAVERN OR CLOUD 9?
Cloud 9 from 1-3pm then Ajax Tavern for après on a nice spring ski day – love the après scene.
SUMMER OR WINTER?
Both. Those who ski in Aspen fall in love, but once you go in summer you will want to move there!
The Inn at Little Nell | 675 E Durant Ave| 970 920 4600
Dancing Bear Aspen| 411 S Monarch St| 970 236 6701
Sky Hotel| 709 E Durant Ave | 970 925 6760
Cloud 9| 76 Boomerang Rd | 970 923 8715
Mezzaluna| 624 E Cooper Ave| 970 925 5882
Jimmy’s| 205 S Mill St #2 |970 925 6020
Justice Snow| 328 E Hyman Ave| 970 429 8192
Cache Cache | 205 S Mill St| 970 925 3835
Nuages | 601 E Cooper Ave| 970 925 6569
Max Clothing | 609 E Cooper Ave| 970 544 3445
Gorsuch| 419 E. Cooper Avenue| 970 925 7576
St. Regis Remedè Spa| 315 E Dean St| 970 920 3300