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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Healthy Travel Guide: Where to sweat—and chill—in Aspen and Snowmass

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The Remede Spa at the St. Regis is a hydrotherapy wonderland—perfect for muscles tired from hiking, biking, and skiing.

 

Aspen and Snowmass is a destination renowned for its seriously mind-blowing skiing—and hikers, kayakers, SUP enthusiasts, mountain bikers, and extreme athletes make up the area’s general public. (For their top adventure spots, we’ll leave the reporting to Outside Magazine.)

So what if you find yourself here in search of a standout green juice, a sensational massage, a hot yoga class, or a Crossfit box? That’s when you call Well+Good.

We scouted Aspen’s and Snowmass’s places to chill, soak, and sip green juice, because you can’t ski the bowls and hike Fourteeners every day. (At least we can’t.)

Aspen CrossFit
Can’t miss your WOD while on vacation? Head to Crossfit Aspen, where chic ladies tackle clean jerks and thrusters. Located in the Airport Business Center, which, despite the off-putting name, is turning into quite the fitness destination—it’s also home to fitness hot spot King Yoga.
210 AABC, Suite N, Aspen, CO; 970-948-4605; www.aspencrossfit.com

Kate Linehan, creator of HoneyBee Juice Bar (photo credit: The Aspen Times)

Kate Linehan, creator of HoneyBee Juice Bar (photo credit: The Aspen Times)

HoneyBee Juice Bar
If HoneyBee is Aspen’s answer to Organic Avenue then Kate Linehan is its Denise Mari. This hometown girl started the juice bar as a spiritual manifesto to local agriculture, and her blends are raw and sold in glass bottles. The HoneyBee “flagship” is a actually large cart located in Ute City Building  and the juices are also sold around town including at fitness destination O2.
501 E. Hyman Ave. (inside the Ute City Building), Aspen, 970-765-6889, www.honeybeejuicebar.com

O2 Pilates and Yoga
Called “Chat-ilates” by the social groups of women who love to gab while using the magic circle, O2 is Aspen’s homegrown boutique fitness destination. The Pilates equipment classes are just what the doctor ordered after skiing bumps or hiking to the top of Elbert, and the yoga program includes vinyasa plus more specialized offerings like Surfer Yoga. The boutique is also a popular shopping destination, with all the Lululemon and Be Present you could possibly need, and the spa is known for its Yoga Facials. (Yup, that’s really what they’re called.)
500 W. Main St., Aspen, 970-925-4002, www.o2aspen.com

The savory kale salad at Peaches.

The savory kale salad at Peaches.

Peach’s Corner Cafe
This hugely popular Aspen café cold-presses it own green juice and at just $6.50 for a bottle of kale, spinach and apple green juice, it’s the best deal in town. Peaches also has a menu of great kale and quinoa salads, pizza and paninis for carb-lovers, and a full bakery of both gluten-free and regular muffins and donuts. It’s a cheerful crowd-pleasing sort of place. 121 S. Galena St., Aspen, 970-544-9866, www.peachscornercafe.com

Pure Barre
A location of this national barre brand is located in the heart of Aspen and has a stellar boutique attached with the latest Karma, Beyond Yoga, and Splits59 apparel. 620 E. Hyman St., Aspen, 970-710-1501, www.purebarre.com

Remede Spa at the St. Regis
There are three amazing reasons to slot in some spa-ing here: The oxygen bar, which is actually a relaxation room with tanks of oxygen next to the chaise longues (not hospital grade oxygen, but breathing it through your nose for ten minutes will definitely increase your red blood cell count). The blow-your-mind-amazing treatments, especially the 90-minute customized massage, which includes a paraffin foot treatment and argan oil scalp massage. And the hydrotherapy wonderland with steam rooms, hot tubs, and cold plunges, and a co-ed warm pool with waterfall (pictured).
315 E. Dean St., Aspen,  970-920-3300, www.stregisaspen.com

Spring Café
Aspen’s brand new mostly vegan café with a tempting menu—think avocado tempeh Reuben, green scrambles, and myriad combinations of kale and quinoa salads—is chic and cheerful. We especially loved the smoothies, which hit the spot after a morning of paddleboarding on the Roaring Fork River.
632 E. Hopkins Avenue, Aspen, 970-429-8406, www.springcafeaspen.com

viceroy hotel snowmass spa

No joke, the Viceroy spa’s relaxation room is actually this gorgeous and perfect.

Viceroy Snowmass
The 15-page spa menu has dozens and dozens of way to recuperate from all the body-busting outdoor adventure and moisture-robbing mountain air. Think brilliant nourishing enhancements, including shea butter and argan oil extras. Add. Them. On.  The locker rooms are surprisingly small (one shower, hello?) given the grand scale of the spa, but the relaxation room with the antler chandelier is spacious, stunning, and ideal for mid-afternoon cat nap.
130 Wood Rd., Snowmass Village 970-923-8000, www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/snowmass

What did we miss? If we left out your favorite yoga studio, spa, or juice spot in the Aspen Snowmass area, please tell us in the Comments, below!

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