Get your @$$ to Aspen

Are you looking for an affordable weekend away where you are surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Colorado? Look no further, the Molly Gibson Lodge in Aspen, Colorado is pet-friendly and awaiting your visit.

Many of you might assume that Aspen is too far and too expensive. I go often, because it is temperate for a mountain climate, far enough away from Denver, spectacularly beautiful, fun and yes, affordable!

Aspen is just a 3-hour drive from Denver. During the summer, Independence Pass is open and is one of the most spectacular in the state. It is not for the faint of heart, however. The road is narrow and the drop-offs are intense, but well worth it if you dare make the trip. It also happens to be a slightly shorter drive by about 30 minutes.

The Molly Gibson Lodge is my favorite place to stay with its authentic Aspen ski lodge feel. It also happens to be a 4 Diamond hotel at a 3 Diamond price. In fact, the hotel has undergone a two million dollar renovation the past two years. These updates have given the hotel a modern décor with a casual feel.

Rates average $180-$200 a night during the summer months. Mention the Colorado Resident Discount you heard about from this 303 Magazine blog and you may receive an even better deal.

Molly Gibson amenities:

Pool, hot tub, complimentary breakfast, parking and great personalized service. The hotel is located in the heard of Aspen on Main Street and is walking distance from great restaurants, shopping, art galleries, nightlife, skiing, bike rentals and the fabulous Rio Grande Trail.

Fall is nearly upon us and the Aspen trees are an amazing site to see when mountain colors begin to change. There are plenty of events happening in the Aspen valley before the snow falls. Check out for event and recreational activities details.

If the Molly Gibson happens to be full when you inquire, be sure to check out their sister property located directly across the street, the Hotel Aspen. It too has been recently renovated, is dog friendly and includes a lovely pool, Jacuzzi and complimentary breakfast.