When Old Meets New: Three Historic Aspen Buildings, Updated

These old haunts get new looks. In Colorado, three Aspen buildings have been revised and reinvigorated for a modern look—without sacrificing any historic charm.


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Posh Suites with a View

The historic Hotel Jerome has enhanced its capacity with an addition that includes two residential suites. Each 2,000-square-foot space is on a private floor and offers three bedrooms and three baths. The suites are housed just behind The Aspen Times building and both will have balcony views facing Aspen Mountain. For hotel guests wanting a more home-like experience, the suites offer more breathing/living room as well as a more connected experience. They also include fully appointed kitchens, fireplaces, and room to entertain guests. Rates start at $3,250 per night and range up to $12,500 depending on season and availability. 330 E. Main St., 970.920.1000


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Annie’s to Oysters

Starting in 1972, if you wanted a burger or a beer and a shot, the in-spot was Little Annie’s. Its red- trimmed exterior became an Aspen institution as well as a decidedly low-key spot in a high-end town. Then in the spring of 2016, after more than a half-century, Annie’s closed its shutters. Within a year, Austin restaurateur Larry McGuire purchased the building, and this summer he and his team opened Clark’s Oyster Bar in the former Annie’s. Much of the flavor of the original Clark’s in Austin has been transported to Colorado, but McGuire has said that his goal was to honor “the spirit, flow, and history of Little Annie’s.” That includes preserving the original bar, which was taken out, refinished, and returned to the same spot. While the menu’s main focus is seafood— including more than a dozen oyster varieties and a $34 Lobster Roll—traditionalists will be happy to hear that burgers are back. Clark’s specialty is a Pan Roasted Black Angus Hamburger option with Sauce Gribiche and Gruyere for $19. Beer and shots are, as always, a given. 512 E. Hyman Ave., 970.710.2546


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Shaken, Stirred, and Spirit-Infused

Her name was Harriet. And in a bit of historical revision, she’s the inspiring personality for Bad Harriet, a brand-spanking-new underground drinking establishment in The Aspen Times building. The Times has been providing citizens local dish and news of the world since its first edition in 1881 and, since 1904, printing its paper in The Aspen Times Building, next door to the Hotel Jerome. Though the paper is now printed elsewhere, the building stands as a testament to its history and has recently been reborn as an extension of the hotel. Auberge Resorts Collection now owns both buildings and this summer reinvented the interior with help from award-winning Aspen architecture firm Rowland+Broughton. Downstairs the spirit of Harriet presides over a low-lit watering hole. Harriet Wheeler, wife of the hotel’s original proprietor and developer, Jerome B. Wheeler, was known to be prim and proper. Here she has been cheekily resurrected with a misbehavin’ streak. The bar’s décor will reflect that flip side and offer gourmet noshes as well as crafted cocktails named for feisty women in history. Reservations are required, and hotel guests get first dibs. “Exclusivity, privacy, and a place that celebrates the naughty—that’s what it’s all about,” says Dana Cooper, the marketing director. 330 E. Main St., 970.920.1000

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