From a golf club in Oklahoma to the pink beaches of the Bahamas, we love packing our bags to coordinate events in unique locales. Thanks to a 2014 familiarity trip in Aspen, we’re excited to add a new venue to our list of must-recommend destinations: The Little Nell, one of only two five-star and five-diamond properties in Colorado.
[photos: Scott Clark, www.scottclarkphoto.com]
You know that saying about “shouting love from the mountaintops?” We think it must have originated in Aspen, because adventure-loving couples who choose to say “I do” at The Little Nell can literally do just that. Owned by Aspen Skiing Company, The Little Nell has exclusive rights to hosting events on the top of Aspen Mountain, and the sky-high ceremony site is just a 14-minute gondola ride away from the luxury hotel grounds.
- Location, Location. The Little Nell is nestled right in the heart of downtown Aspen, meaning it’s perfectly positioned for guests who’d like to extend their stay and relax after attending a weekend of wedding events.
- Culinary Excellence. Locally-sourced ingredients, restaurant-style production, detailed plating and presentation…perhaps the Aspen altitude is the reason The Little Nell’s chefs have risen so far above the standard chicken-or-steak wedding fare. “Something our couples always hear after the wedding is how incredible the food was,” says event sales manager Melina Glavas. “The fact that we really can present an extraordinary culinary experience for 200 people is very memorable for many guests.” During her FAM trip, Mary-Frances enjoyed a summer dinner menu that included a chilled asparagus soup, spring vegetable salad, smoked Idaho trout, and New York strip steak. Feeling hungry, or is it just us?
- World Class Wine. Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy was listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for a reason. “The wine program is fun and young, and it doesn’t have to be expensive!” says Melina, although the property boasts a two million dollar cellar. Expect un-fussy wine tours set to the beat of rap music and an extensive collection of flavor profiles from around the world—The Little Nell sources more wine than any other property in Colorado.
- Mobile Bubbly Bar. Where else in the world can you ski-in to sips of Veuve Clicquot than at The Little Nell’s portable Champagne bar? Aptly named The Oasis, we have a feeling that this mobile bubbly bar will guarantee fun no matter how successful (or unsuccessful) the ski run.
“The Little Nell is a true jewel in Aspen. Visiting this property was one of the highlights of 2014!” —Mary-Frances
Our deepest thanks to Melina Glavas and Pete Hayda for giving us the opportunity to experience the The Little Nell in person—we can’t wait to come back for a stunning destination wedding or event! If you’d like more information about all things TLN, take a peek at the video below. So cool to see The Oasis bubbly bar in action!