Aspen-area real estate strong through third quarter

The Aspen-area real estate market maintained a strong pace through the third quarter compared with last year, even though sales slumped in September.

The dollar volume of all sales year-to-date through September in Pitkin County was $1.12 billion, according to a monthly analysis by Land Title Guarantee Co. That is an increase of $135.1 million, or 13.7 percent, over the volume through the third quarter of 2013, the report showed. Read More…

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Aspen businesses record setting sales in Sept: $41.66 million

Aspen retailers and other businesses set a record in September with $41.66 million in sales, an 8.3 percent increase compared with $38.46 million in the same month last year, according to the city’s monthly consumption report.

Accommodations, the economic category representing hotel and lodge bookings, garnered a little more than $10 million during the month, a 20 percent increase over the $8.3 million the city reported in September 2013.

To read the full Aspen Times article click here.

 

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Real estate sales are up by 22.5 percent in 2014

The Pitkin County real estate market is bouncing along at a much stronger clip than last year even though sales slipped during the summer months compared with 2013.

A report released this week by Land Title Guarantee Co. showed that the total dollar volume of all sales was $917.07 million through August, compared with $750.10 million over the same period last year.  To see full Aspen Times article Click Here

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New to Aspen Restaurants – Summer 2014

Aspen has a thriving food scene, from cocktails and steaks to beer & BBQ! Check out a few of the new openings around town this summer:oysters jimmysPhoto from JimmysBodega.com 

Bootsy Bellows | Tapas by Day, Lounge by Night!
R&R Restaurant | Modern Contemporary Cuisine; Corner of Hyman Ave. & Mill St
Jimmy’s Bodega | Seafood; Former Pacifica space.
The Dollar Bar | Beer & Burgers; Former Double Dog Pub space.
HOPS Culture | Craft Beer & Gourmet Mac&Cheese
El Ricon | Modern Mexican
David Burke Kitchen | Opening Soon!

Now serving lunch!
bb’s | Best patio lunch & nighttime lounge in Aspen!

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Image from bbskitchen.com

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BREAKING NEWS: New luxury development planned at Lift 1A

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The brand new development planned at the base of historic Lift 1A has been announced! 14 luxury town homes with unique and luxurious finishes are to be built in the most coveted area of Aspen.

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Renderings show phenomenal picture widows, custom metal work and privacy backing right up to Aspen Mountain. You quite literally could not be closer!

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This will be a very high-demand complex, with only 14 units to be sold, and 1 already reserved! With six custom floor plans, unique layout and phenomenal location, this incredible opportunity will not be available long!

As a permanent residence, ultimate vacation home, or lucrative rental property, this new complex is a must-see.

For more information on the property, give us a call at 970-544-3771.

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Farmers Markets are in full swing!

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You know summer is here when the farmers markets from Aspen all the way to Glenwood are finally in full swing. The heat is getting stronger here in the valley and the local gardens are starting to produce some amazing crops!

For all your organic vegetable, sustainable meat, and local dairy needs, check out these farmers markets this summer:

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  • Aspen Saturday Market: Saturday 10am-12pm
  • Snowmass Market: Sunday 9am-2pm; Base Village; Starts July 13!
  • Basalt Farmers Market: Sunday 10am-2pm, Main St.
  • Carbondale Farmers Market: Wednesday 10am-3pm; 4th St. Plaza

 

 

Lastly, don’t forget about the recently moved Buttermilk Fruit Stand! For years the fruit stand has offered amazingly fresh fruits and vegetables, most especially their peaches! Due to construction at Buttermilk, they have re-located for the summer to the Cozy Point area, right at Brush Creek Rd. and Hwy. 82. Stop by and say hi!

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Fourth of July in Aspen/Snowmass – Parade and Wanderlust Yoga Festival!

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Summer is an incredible time to experience the Roaring Fork Valley! While naturally touted for its ski runs and winter sport fun, the Rocky Mountains truly come alive in the summer. With unbelievable mountain hikes, river rafting & fishing on the Roaring Fork river, everyone is sure to find something they love in Aspen.

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Aspen’s Fourth of July parade is a local institution, celebrating Independence day with a local twist. Over 20,000 locals and visitors come into Aspen to enjoy the traditional parade down Main Street. For all-day entertainment, enjoy the Air Force jet flyby, multiple concerts, and a children’s bicycle rodeo. Round out the day with a spectacular fireworks show over Aspen Mountain, illuminating the mountain under the stars!

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In Snowmass, thousands of yogis from around the country will converge to celebrate. Wanderlust Yoga Festival, a national traveling celebration of yoga, music, speakers, chefs, performers, is a phenomenal experience for any age! Explore the nature wonder around Snowmass, attend a yoga class, shop the local, organic, fair-trade marketplace, or try a new food! On Thursday night, check out the free “Wanderlust Spectacular” show. Featuring acro-yogis from around the country, this is the Cirque du Soleil of yoga. On Friday, Wanderlust featured concert is Jurassic 5, music only tickets can be purchased for $25. Check out http://aspensnowmass.wanderlustfestival.com/ for more information.

Summer is an incredibly busy time in Aspen, with festivals and concerts galore! With the amazing, summer-only outdoor experiences, you can’t miss the best season in Aspen!

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The 2014 Aspen Food & Wine Festival is just around the corner!

The ever-popular Food & Wine Festival signals the start of the summer season in Aspen. Tents are being set up at parks and locations around the city – beautiful views and phenomenal food, what could be better?

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This year, the list of celebrity and notable chefs, sommeliers, and international restauranteurs garunttees attendeees a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Learn how to cook eggs from Jacques Pepin and his wife, Claudine. Ming Tsai will teach you all about the incredible heritage art of dumplings, or explore your palate with Andrew Zimmern’s “Bitter is the New Black” session.

The three day festival not only includes the seminars with seasoned experts, but several Grand Tastings. The Grand Tasting tening, located centrally in Wagner park, allows attendees to walk freely among the space, tasting and trying what they please. Mix and mingle with the “Who’s Who” of the food and wine world!

There is no better way to kick off your summer in Aspen.

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Aspen is Open this off season!

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Are you an Aspen Local asking yourself why you are still in town when it seems no one else is?? Curb you wanderlust with these Spring off season specials at some of the best restaurants Aspen has to offer.

Aspen Restaurant Specials Spring 2014

bb’s offers 2 plates for $21

Creperie du Village offers 40% off Fondues & Raclette

Rustique offers $34-2 course Prix Fixe Tue-Sat. & $26-3 course Fried Chicken Thursday Nights

Justice Snow’s is offering 20% off lunch & dinner entrees

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LUNCH Mon – Thurs: 25% off wine list, Fri – Sat: 50% off wine list
DINNER Mon & Tues: 2 for 1 dinner entrées & 25% off wine list
Wed: 25% off entire bill (not including  bar menu or happy hour specials)
Thurs: $1 oysters (3pm – closing) & 25% off wine list
Fri: 50% off wine list
Sat: Seafood Saturday & 50% off wine list

Jimmy’s Thai Week(s) return May 12 to 25 and the Crawfish Boil is Monday May 26

Ryno’s Pies & Pints offers $8.99 Lunch specials daily & $2 Taco Tuesdays

Takah Sushi offers 50% off Hot Sake & Atomic Shrimp, Closing Night April 19th.

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5 Point Film Festival is Back!

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Are you looking for the perfect weekend event now that the snow is melting and it’s off season? Head down to Carbondale and experience the 5Point Film Festival!

Founded in 2007, the 5Point Film Festival is on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, and to engage passion with a conscience through film. Proceeds from the 501(c)3 non-profit benefit 1% for the Planet. For more information, call 970.510.0702 or visitwww.5pointfilm.org.

OPEN THE FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAM AND FILM DETAIL HERE

Below is a schedule of events for the weekend!

Thursday

5 – 7PM
KICK OFF PARTY AND VAN LIFE RALLY
Gather at the Carbondale Rec Center to kick-off the weekend with food from TOWN and Phat Thai, and beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Enjoy an “open house” of livable vehicles at our Van Life Rally along Colorado Ave and get stoked with our special guests for a great weekend ahead!
Carbondale Rec Center
Food and drink for purchase
FREE ENTRY


7 – 10PM
FILM PROGRAM I
Begin the adventure with 14 short films as we set the tone for an inspiring weekend.
Special Guests Kai Lightner, Sally Francklyn + Dream Project Scholarship Presentations
Emcee: Chris Davenport
TICKET REQUIRED


 

Friday

10 – 11AM
THE ENORMOCAST LIVE
Brought to you by Black Diamond Equipment
Come enjoy some fresh coffee and shoot the breeze with special guests and Chris Kalous, 5Point emcee and host of the Enormocast Podcast.
Bonfire Coffee
FREE ENTRY


7 – 10PM
FILM PROGRAM II
A night filled with 12 short films inspiring the adventurer in all of us. Don’t miss the Black Diamond Equipment athletes behind the bar serving you some great Sierra Nevada beer!
Special Guests Cedar Wright, Joey Schusler + More
Emcee: Chris Kalous
TICKET REQUIRED


10PM – DAWN
LATE NIGHT CARBONDALE
DJ Dance Party with GeoDecibel
Phat Thai
- free entry for pass holders

 

Saturday

9AM – 4PM
PARTICIPATE + GET INVOLVED PROGRAMS
Get out and into the elements with us as you become inspired for your own adventure and connect with opportunities to participate and get involved in our community.
Most meet at Dos Gringos
FREE ENTRY


11AM – 1:30PM
DIRTBAG DIARIES LIVE
Come enjoy the stories of 5 festival guests paired with 5 special Sierra Nevada brews.
Hosted by Patagonia and Fitz Cahall
Steve’s Guitars
FREE ENTRY


11AM – 12:30PM
FILM PROGRAM III: YOUTH ADVENTURE FILM
A high-energy morning everyone will enjoy! All-ages are welcome.
Emcee: Chipper Bro
FREE ENTRY under 13
TICKET REQUIRED 13+


12:30 – 2:30PM
ICE CREAM SOCIAL + COMMUNITY PICNIC
Brought to you by Alpine Bank
Free ice cream
Indoor climbing with Kai Lightner and Evolv
Special camp side snack demo with First Descents
Outdoor lawn games, chalk art, live music from Hell Roaring String Band, beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and food from Slow Groovin’ BBQ
Carbondale Rec Center
Food and drink for purchase
FREE ENTRY


2 – 4PM
FILM PROGRAM IV: DAMNATION
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea of change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.
Special guest discussion after the film with Katie Lee, Mikal Jakubal, Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, Matt Stoecker, and Beda Calhoun.
Emcee: Mike Cerre
TICKET REQUIRED


4:30 – 7PM
COMMUNITY TAILGATE PARTY
Join us for a casual gathering before the nightly programs with lawn games, food from Slow Groovin’ BBQ and beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Carbondale Rec Center
Food and drink for purchase
FREE ENTRY


7 – 10PM
FILM PROGRAM V
A chunk of short films to leave you ready to get after it, in touch with your intuition, and what adventure means to you!
Special Guests Amber Valenti + Kelly Cordes
Emcee: Chris Davenport
TICKET REQUIRED


10PM – DAWN
5POINT LATE NIGHT DANCE PARTY
The Nugget feat GeoDecibel – free entry for pass holders and ticket holders

DJ at MiCasita
open to the public

Sunday

9AM – 4PM
PARTICIPATE + GET INVOLVED PROGRAMS
Get out and into the elements with us as you become inspired for your own adventure and connect with opportunities to participate and get involved in our community.
Most meet at Dos Gringos
FREE ENTRY


2:30 – 4PM
FILM PROGRAM VI: MCCONKEY
A heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor he inspired countless lives.
TICKET REQUIRED


4 – 5:30PM
CLOSING COMMUNITY PARTY
Gather at the Carbondale Rec Center to wind down the weekend. Enjoy food from Ghandi, beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing and wine from Sopris Liquor & Wine. Join us for slacklining, music, chalk art, or take home the crown for king or queen of the corn hole shootout.
Carbondale Rec Center
Food and drink for purchase
FREE ENTRY


5:30 – 7PM
FILM PROGRAM VI CONT’D
Enjoy our final program of short films and celebrate with the filmmakers and special guests as we award the best films from the festival with awards and replay some of the favorites!
Special Guest Awards Winners
Emcee: Chipper Bro
TICKET REQUIRED
Free re-entry for McConkey aud

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