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					City Watch                                                                The best places to eat, drink, stay and play


Aspen                                                                                                                                hiking, backpacking, mountain bik-
                                                                                                                                     ing and more. If you’re looking for a
                                                                                                                                                                             Photo: Daniel Bayer




                                                                                                                                     particular reason to visit this beautiful
                                                                                                                                     mountain destination, Aspen and
                                                                                                                                     Snowmass tout year-round events
                                           Chef Ronald Jackson, who oversees
                                                                                                                                     and festivals to suit just about every
                                           the casual “American bistro” menu.
                                                                                                                                     interest. In the winter, Aspen throws
                                           Located in Snowmass Village, Sage
                                                                                                                                     its annual WinterSkol, which dates
                                           offers entrees fresh, Colorado-grown
                                                                                                                                     back to 1951 when locals decided
                                           ingredients, such as aged rib-eye steak
                                                                                                                                     to celebrate mountain lifestyle with
By Robyn Parets                            and slow-smoked baby back ribs.
                                                                                           Silvertree Hotel                          a weekend of festivities. Today, the
What comes to mind when you think                                                                                                    four-day event features a parade,
of Aspen, Colorado? Probably a pre-
mier spot for downhill skiing, celebri-
                                           Where to Stay                                  galleries. Moving away from the main
                                                                                                                                     fireworks and all kinds of mountain
                                                                                                                                     activities. In the summer, there’s no
                                           Seeped in tradition, Rock Resorts’             downtown area, check out the Aspen
ties and high-end shops. True, Aspen                                                                                                 better place to re-energize than at
                                                                                          Artists Cooperative (www.aspenart-
has its share of famous visitors as well   Hotel Jerome (www.hoteljerome.com;
                                                                                                                                     the Snowmass Wellness Experience
                                                                                          coop.com; 970-920-4278) at the base
as some of the nation’s top ski resorts.   970-920-1000) is located smack in the                                                     (www.snowmasswellness.com), one
                                                                                          of Aspen Highlands ski resort. With
But this city, which also boasts a rich                                                                                              of the nation’s largest holistic health
                                           Hotel Jerome                                   60 artists showing their wares, you’ll
mining history, is much more than                                                                                                    festivals featuring wellness experts
                                                                                          find a variety of artwork including
that. Next time you think of Aspen,                                                                                                  and motivational speakers, cooking
                                                                                          paintings, photography, sculpture and
think of Aspen and Snowmass, neigh-                                                                                                                   demonstrations, yoga
                                                                                          more. Open every day
boring mountain towns that create a                                                                                    Snowmass Mall                  classes and more. Of
                                                                                          from noon to six p.m.
regional mecca of arts, culture, din-                                                                                                                 course, no summer
                                                                                          In Snowmass, you can
ing, shopping, nightlife and of course,                                                                                                               trip to Aspen would
                                                                                          find shopping galore
downhill thrills.                                                                                                                                     be complete without
                                                                                          at the Snowmass
                                           heart of Aspen. The stately and elegant                                                                    attending an Aspen
                                                                                          Village Mall. Be sure
                                                                                                                                                      Music Festival con-
Where to Eat                               hotel, first opened in 1889, is a land-        to check out Grain
                                                                                                                                                      cert (www.aspenmu-
                                           mark in this city and is known as one          Fine Foods (970-923-
Casual yet elegant, Cache Cache                                                                                                                       sicfestival.com; 970-
                                           of the country’s top boutique hotels.          4105), specializing in a
(205 S. Mill St., 970-925-3835) is                                                                                                                    925-9042.) The inter-
                                           St. Regis Resort (www.stregisaspen.            wide array of organic
a French-American bistro not to be                                                                                                                    nationally renowned
                                           com; 970-920-3300) is all about deliv-         foods. Nearby, stop
missed. Featuring an outdoor patio                                                                                                                    classical music event
                                           ering personalized service and offering        into Bright and Shiny
for the warmer months, Cache Cache                                                                                                                    runs for nine weeks
                                                                                          Things (970-923-4666), which offers
also touts an extensive wine list.         the ultimate in mountain resort ameni-                                                    from June through August, and fea-
                                                                                          the largest selection of specialty jew-
                                           ties. Be sure to pamper yourself at the                                                   tures more than 350 concerts, classes,
If you’re looking for food from the Far                                                   elry in the area. For local flair, don’t
                                           hotel’s new Remede Spa.                                                                   lectures and events around town.
East in the West, you can’t go wrong                                                      miss Collections (970-923-2134), a
with Nobu Matsuhisa’s Matsuhisa            When it comes to location, The                                                            For a listing of year-round events in
                                                                                          Snowmass mainstay boutique featur-
(303 E. Main St., 970-544-6628). This      Silvertree Hotel (www.silvertreehotel.                                                    Aspen and
                                                                                          ing home furnishings and jewelry
Japanese hotspot features gourmet          com; 970-923-3520) is the top pick.                                                       Snowmass,
                                                                                          made by local artists.
seafood and sushi and is a favorite        Located in the thick of the action in                                                     go to www.

among locals.                                                                                                                        aspencham-
                                           Snowmass Village, you can walk to

Talking about                              shops, restaurants and more from this          What to Do                                 ber.org and
                      Sage                                                                                                           www.snow-
hot spots, Sage                            ski-in/ski-out hotel.                          Skiing and snowboarding, of
                                                                                                                                     massvillage.
Restaurant at the                                                                         course, are main attractions. Aspen
                                                                                                                                     com.
Snowmass Club                                                                             Mountain, Aspen Highlands,
(970-923-0923)                             Where to Shop                                  Buttermilk and Snowmass (www.
is heating up                              Western wear shops thrive in Aspen’s           aspenskiingco.com) keep visitors
                                                                                                                                                      Music Festival
with the arrival                           downtown historic shopping district.           happy in the winter, as well as year-
of new Executive     Photo: Daniel Bayer   But so do outdoorsy stores and art             round when outdoor lovers take to                         Photo: Patrick Collins

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                                   By Chanize Thorpe

                                   Hong Kong is a heady mixture of
                                                                                                                                                   Hong Kong
                                   ancient Eastern tradition and 21st
                                   century trappings. An obsession with
                                   both lends a mysterious air that per-                                                    nightlife, but non-members who
                                   meates, incense-like, from the tops of                                                   exude a certain je ne sais quoi can
                                   feng shui’d buildings on Manhattan-                                                      infiltrate sophisticated Kee, whose
                                   esque Hong Kong Island and across                                                        mature crowd sips fine cognacs and
                                   the river to the culturally rich streets                                                 champagne while sitting in cozy,
                                   of Kowloon peninsula’s Tsim Sha Tsui                                                     Picasso-laced nooks.
                                   district. Its 6.9 million denizens min-
                                                                                                                            Dragon-i (60 Wyndham Street,
                                   gle with curious tourists, delighted
                                                                                                                            Central; tel. 011-852-3110-1222) The
                                   to decipher Cantonese signs or share
                                                                                                                            martini culture, albeit with a lychee
                                   their favorite dining or shopping
                                                                                        Photo: www.photoeverywhere.co.uk    or sake twist, is alive and well and
                                   spots, all shared in lilting Queen’s
                                                                              of the more formal Langham, across            the cocktails are just as cool as the
                                   English–a nod to the metropolis’ pre-
                                                                              the road in the heart of the shop-            models and socialites that frequent
                                   vious British rule.
                                                                              ping-heavy Mong Kok neighborhood.             this bar/club.

                                                                              Tech-types enjoy the hotel’s dedica-
                                   Where to Sleep                             tion to in-room technology–Cisco
                                                                                                                            Where to Shop
                                                                              IP phones, plasma TVs, iHome MP3
                                   InterContinental Hong Kong (www.
                                                                              players and WiFi.                             The bustling streets of both Central
                                   ichotelsgroup.com; 18 Salisbury Rd,
                                                                                                                            and Causeway Bay are great to check
                                   Kowloon; tel. 011-852-2721-1211)
                                                                                                                            out elegant stores like Shanghai Tang
                                   The hotel’s sleek, Victoria Harbour-
                                   view rooms proffer the city’s most
                                                                              Where to Eat                                  for unique Chinoiserie as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                Photo: www.photoeverywhere.co.uk

                                                                                                                                                                      Kowloon Walled City Park (Tung
                                                                              Yung Kee (32-40 Wellington Street,            outdoor markets where stalls burst
                                   stunning waterfront scenes, and                                                                                                    Tau Tsuen & Tung Tsing Rds; tel.
                                                                              Central; tel. 011-852-2522-1624) No           with look-alike handbags, cheon-
                                   watching authentic junk boats, the                                                                                                 011-852-2716-9962; www.lcsd.gov.
                                                                              Hong Kong trip is complete without            gsam dresses and jade jewelry. Step
                                   Star Ferry and Hong Kong Island’s                                                                                                  hk/en/ls_park.php) Surrounded by
                                                                              a dim sum (also known as yum cha)             through the snake-skin embossed
                                   awesome Technicolor skyline is best                                                                                                walls that once enclosed a notorious
                                                                              brunch. Rub elbows with locals and            doors at Kou Concept Store on
                                   seen by fully opening the floor-to-ceil-                                                                                           village, this gem is now home to
                                                                              fellow tourists alike in this raucous         Connaught Road and a hodgepodge
                                   ing windows. Indulge at the tranquil                                                                                               beautiful pavilions and ponds, turtles,
                                                                              eatery, while indulging in plates             of fun awaits. Every item in each
                                   I-Spa and with 24-hour room and                                                                                                    goldfish and exquisite flora.
                                                                              of steamed barbecued pork buns,               room, from the rabbit-fur lined lighter
                                   butler service.
                                                                              shrimp-stuffed dumplings and copious          to the Paresia lingerie, is for sale.     Man Mo Temple (124-26 Hollywood
                                   Langham Place Hotel (www.lang-                                                                                                     Rd.; tel. 011-852-2540-0350) One of
                                                                              amounts of hot, freshly brewed tea.           And with the help of a good hotel
                                   hamplacehotels.com; 555 Shanghai                                                                                                   the oldest and most famous temples
                                                                              Hutong (1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha               concierge who can direct you to the
                                   Street, Kowloon; tel. 011-852-3552-                                                                                                in Hong Kong, the Man Mo is dedi-
                                                                              Tsui; tel. 011-852-3428-8342) This            best tailor, a custom-made suit can be
                                   3388) This 42-story contemporary                                                                                                   cated to Civil and Military deities.
                                                                              hotspot has a super-cool interior             yours in a snap.
                                   gem is the spunky two-year old sister
                                                                              and specializes in creative northern                                                    Victoria Peak (Mt. Austin Rd.; tel.

                                                                              Chinese cuisine like drunken raw                                                        011-852-2522-0922; www.thepeak.
                                        Langham Place Hotel
                                                                              crabs and crispy duck filet. Both pair
                                                                                                                            What to Do                                com.hk). At 1,810 feet above sea

                                                                              well with the 28th floor restaurant’s         The Hong Kong Museum of History           level, the Victoria Peak offers the

                                                                              breathtaking view.                            (100 Chatham Rd South; tel. 011-          most stunning views of Hong Kong,
                                                                                                                            852-2724 9042; www.hk.history.            most notably the
                                                                                                                            museum). A thorough and fascinat-         business district,
                                                                              Where to Drink                                ing journey through prehistoric Hong      Victoria Harbour
                                                                                                                            Kong, about 6000 years ago, to the        and Kowloon. See
                                                                              Kee Club. (32 Wellington Street,
                                                                                                                            territory’s return to China in 1997.      it both in daylight
                                                                              Central; tel. 011-852-2810-9000)
                                                                                                                                                                      and at night.
                                                                              Private clubs are a part of Hong Kong
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