Eating Out

High-Country Harvest, Aspen, Colorado

Sep 29, 2008
Outside Magazine
Aspen, Colorado

Get off the slopes and onto the farms in Aspen    Photo: Denise Chambers/Weaver Multimedia Group/courtesy, Colorado Tourism Office

Most people don't come to Aspen to play in mud and manure. But that's exactly what the folks at the tony Little Nell hotel are hawking—for $2,300. And it's worth it. Go hand-to-mouth on a three-day, three-night trip that shuttles you between 400-thread-count luxury at the lodge and potato-field reality at chef Ryan Hardy's 15-acre Rendezvous Farms, in Crawford, 100 miles southwest ( Here, Hardy, 33, and co-owner Michael Waters grow heirloom crops and raise free-range, heritage-breed pigs, chickens, and lambs. You'll dig for fingerling potatoes, snip asparagus, collect eggs, and pluck wild apples—then devour them all with newfound appreciation at lavish outdoor picnics and dinners. Hardy's partner in crime, Little Nell wine director Richard Betts, also leads a chanterelle-mushroom-picking trip up nearby Independence Pass. If that's not your thing, just ask for a post-meal mountain-biking trip. Tip: Don't miss the stunning glacial-valley trails and alpine lakes of the Maroon Bells, 11 miles from Aspen.

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