Spending time in Aspen is one of my favorite ways to relax. My home there is a place to enjoy family time away from the city, and I associate it with a casual and comfortable Alpine style and unsurpassed views of the Rockies. I have been visiting since the late 1980s and love the balance between community, arts, and days spent on the slopes. Things haven’t changed much since then, but that’s its appeal.
Assouline’s deluxe new book, Aspen Style, has perfectly captured what makes this part of the world so special. I enjoyed drawing from my own experience there to write the book’s introduction. With 300 pages and over 250 illustrations, it charts Aspen’s rise from small mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom in the late 19th century to laidback ski resort. Over the years, the spectacular scenery has drawn an eclectic crowd, from Hunter S. Thompson to John Denver.
As well as the wonderful outdoors, the volume also explores Aspen’s art and culture, including the rustic yet contemporary interiors of the Hotel Jerome and the architecture of Herbert Bayer’s restored Wheeler Opera House. It’s a perfect coffee table book and an ideal gift for anyone who loves style and the great outdoors.
Aspen Style, Assouline, can be ordered now.