The world’s biggest brains will come together from June 23rd for Aspen Ideas Festival, to discuss everything from re-imagining capitalism to the future of food on our planet. Among 350 of the most inspired and innovative thinkers of our day, will be Former First Lady Laura Bush, Head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, Soprano Renée Fleming and Former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.
From Mount Everest to philanthropy, from Supreme Court decisions to investing, inspired discourse will fill the halls. Taking a cue from the stars, a panel of expert astrobiologists will consider how life might develop on exoplanets and explore what we know and what we don’t know about the invisible 96 percent of our universe. This year’s festival will also serve as the backdrop for a reunion of Caitlyn Jenner and Vanity Fair journalist Buzz Bissinger one year to the date of the ground-breaking interview in which Jenner detailed transitioning to a transgender woman.
In the days leading up to the Festival, Aspen/Pitkin Airport (ASE) will teem with private jets. Victor’s skilled client services team is well-versed in the particulars of flying into this notoriously challenging airport and will deftly handle all aspects from quote to landing so passengers can maximize their Aspen-time. Plan to arrive by sundown for this is a daytime operation-only airport and those arriving after dark will be diverted to Rifle-Garfield County Airport one hour’s drive away.
The Little Nell
You may never want to leave this 5-star home-away-from-home at the base of Aspen Mountain. Opt for a 4-bedroom residence with 3525 square feet of mountain-inspired elegance. Outfitted with fine art and floor to ceiling mountain views, this posh pad also comes with a private chef to concoct whatever you like. Let the staff unpack your bags while you take in a spa treatment and the kids take a cooking class or a bungee jump. Then it’s off to the Institute for some higher learning.
Feel the need for a road race? For the Little Nell’s Ride and Dine Dinner Series you will select wines from a 20,000-bottle cellar with a Master Sommelier before setting out on a scenic 15- to 30-mile guided bike ride. Your journey will culminate with a glorious, al fresco chef-prepared farm dinner featuring local ingredients and that perfectly picked vino.
To the Moon and Back – Sip champagne while you stargaze on a private jeep tour with an adventure concierge and astronomer. Visitors will take in magnificent starry skies, shooting stars, meteor showers, constellations and quarter moons. With those state-of-the-art binoculars perhaps you’ll glimpse an exoplanet?
This is the spot to find a $52,000 bottle of Methuselah of Vosne-Romanée. Or browse the 92-page wine list for an alternative more to your taste. It is no wonder the cellar at Element 47 is a James Beard Award finalist and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award Winner for two decades. From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, this high-end eatery offers seasonally inspired menus, local organic fare, romantic dining and a lovely patio.
Located within the historic Wheeler Opera House, originally built in 1889, Justice Snows is a legendary Aspen haunt equal parts hip and historic. Come for the Bloody Marys and top-notch brunch or pop in at night to catch a live music show or salon. Take note of the unique design elements including the brass chandelier that illuminated the Columbia University Library more than a century ago and the hidden antique doorbell medallions that serve as peepholes to view vintage films.
If it’s steak and a martini you crave, ease into one of the Monarch’s inviting leather banquettes and order away. Or opt for the Beluga and Caviar cocktail complete with Beluga Gold Line Noble Russian vodka, caviar and cucumber. You’ll think you’ve slipped into an old-school Gentlemen’s Club when you’re presented with a 24-ounce Porterhouse crowned with King Crab Legs. Bon appetit.
Fly with Victor to: Aspen/Pitkin Airport (ASE)
*Feature images courtesy of The Littel Nell, Justice Snows, The Monarch, Aleksandar Todorovic,
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