Planning your trip to the Aspen Food and Wine Festival

If you were lucky enough to score tickets to the Aspen Food and Wine Classic this year, prepare to be wowed by the classiest, most exquisite culinary event you will ever attend. Sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, this three-day adventure in Colorado is overflowing with wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and tasting hours. Brace yourself, because you will be introduced to over 300 wines at the Grand Tasting Pavilion, where wine enthusiasts will be sure to spend most of their time.

Purchasing tickets in advance is a must because they sell out every year - sometimes as early as March for the June event, according to Fest300. But for those of you who have your tickets, get ready to taste some of the best cuisine and cleanse your palate between sampling an array of sublime wines at an elevation height of 8,000 feet.

"An array of sublime wines awaits you."

There is no need to take away from the surprises you will indulge in. Instead, we will help you figure out how to prepare for the classic event. Consider this your essential guide to planning your Aspen trip.

Where to stay – The Little Nell
If you have yet to book your getaway while staying in Aspen, consider The Little Nell. This cozy, luxurious hotel is one of the few Five-Star and Five-Diamond hotels in Colorado. This spot is known for bringing in travelers from all over the world who are looking for an adventure. Do not worry about missing out on this hotel's decadent wine and food selection – you'll find Little Nell tents at the Wine & Food Classic!

The Little Nell will be hosting two wine dinners during the event, beginning Friday with an Italian Rare Wine Dinner, followed by the Guild of Sommeliers Rare Wine Dinner on Saturday night.

Do not miss you chance to enjoy the beautiful sights of Aspen.Do not miss you chance to enjoy the beautiful sights of Aspen.

What to see – Maroon Bells
For those traveling to Aspen who want to do a little exploring outside of the festival, head to the Maroon Bells. Two giant snow-striped mountaintops named Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak hug a reflective lake that paints the beautiful picture of what tourists know as the Maroon Bells. This place is a prime spot for hiking or simply sightseeing – the views are just breathtaking.  It is located about 10 miles west of Aspen, so you will not have to travel far to get there. The Colorado Tourism Office said buses run to the area from Friday through Sunday, but that is not your only transportation option – let Carey take care of it.

How to get around – Carey
Throughout the weekend of the Food and Wine Classic, getting from point A to point B will be simple. Why? Because Carey will be providing services during this event to help you get around. Whether you need a ride from your hotel to the festival, or you want to take a break from the madness and head to the serenity of Maroon Bells, Carey can get you there in little to no time. Carey is made up of an impressive fleet that travelers can always count on. The network provides safe service by professional chauffeurs who make getting you where you need to go in a timely, secure fashion their top priority.

If you are interested in requesting a ride while you wine and dine in Aspen, you can call, book online or download our app for iPhone and Android devices. For more information, click here.

Take advantage of all of the beauty Aspen has to offer!