Aspen Instagram Roundup + Hotel Guide

Good morning, everyone! Sorry for skipping yesterday’s post, life has been CRAZY recently! (Side note: amid the craziness I did find my wedding dress on Saturday!) Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share some pictures from my trip to Aspen and the hotels that we stayed in (we LOVED our hotels!) in case any of you are planning a trip to Aspen in the future.
This is my friend Jessica (@hapatime) that I went on the trip with! It was a fun girls trip because her sister came as well as my mom! Our beanies are from ASOS (last year) but Forever 21 has some identical beanies for less than $15 each.
October is a great time to go to Aspen because all of the leaves are changing! Although most of the leaves are yellow due to the Aspen trees, we were able to find a few brilliant red trees too.
 long sleeve ruched dress (comes in six different colors!) // suede boots
Celine handbag, similar here // wool floppy hat // monogram necklace
David Yurman bracelet // MAC lipstick in “creme cup”

This Free People scarf really came in handy during the trip because it was so cold (I was actually freezing in this outfit). The scarf is great wrapped around your neck or as a wrap!

Paige denim // suede boots (sold out), similar HERE & HERE
MAC lipstick in “mehr” 

Jessica and I stayed at the Limelight Hotel for part of our stay. Our room had two big comfortable beds, a little balcony and a FIREPLACE! It was so nice to turn on and warm up after coming in from outside. 

This sweater dress was one of my favorite outfits I wore in Aspen! I love it paired with over-the-knee boots and a floppy hat.
wool hat // hoop earrings // MAC lipstick in “creme cup”

I think I mentioned this before, but it snowed heavily a few days while we were there. We woke up one morning and this was our snowy view from the terrace of the Limelight Hotel!

on me: turtleneck sweater

You must visit the coffee shop Victoria’s if you’re ever in Aspen… the coffee is amazing, and so is the atmosphere! This picture was taken when it was blizzarding outside, and we were looking for somewhere warm to sit down for a minute.

turtleneck // similar beanie

This was taken in a little park in downtown Aspen… I love it because of the snow on the mountain contrasted with the gorgeous yellow leaves!!

For the second half of our trip we stayed at Hotel Jerome in Aspen. One of the things I loved most is that they let hotel guests borrow a Mercedes to drive around! We headed up the mountain to check out the insane views. 
This aztec poncho was another item I kept reaching for during the trip to try to keep warm! Surprisingly it went with a lot of different outfits.
 aztec poncho (less than $40) // long sleeve ruched dress (in the color “pink adobe heather”)
David Yurman bracelet // MAC lipstick in “creme cup”

You may recognize this as Maroon Bells (from last Friday’s blog post). It’s one of the most photographed places in the United States. During the summer and fall you can take a bus up to the top, or you can drive your own car after 5 p.m. (so that’s what we did). I have been twice now, but I enjoyed this time better because we drove ourselves and we visited during sunset (which was really pretty and less crowded!).

 plaid blanket scarf // similar tan cardigan, also similar here (mine is old!)
Paige jeans // suede boots, similar HERE
And finally, a travel picture flying out of the Aspen airport. We flew into Denver on the way there, but it is a 4 hour drive from Denver to Aspen, so we switched our flights on the way home to fly out of the Aspen airport. It is a much smaller airport and WAY more convenient!
I wanted to recommend two different hotels that we stayed at during our time in Aspen. 
The first was the Limelight Hotel, which is located right in downtown Aspen, within walking distance to all of the shops and restaurants downtown. We walked in and immediately felt at home here! There’s a huge fireplace in the main lobby and a ton of comfortable seating if you want to sit down and hang out. There’s also a hotel restaurant and bar in the main lobby – we actually ate dinner there twice (try the margherita pizza and the mac’n’cheese!). Our rooms were incredibly spacious, with a little balcony and a fireplace (which we used a ton). Be sure to check out the terrace on the fourth floor for an amazing view. And they even had a complimentary breakfast every morning, so we filled up on donuts, eggs, bacon and pastries each day (they had a ton of breakfast options for everyone). We also thought this hotel was very affordable and would recommend it to anyone!
The second hotel we stayed at was Hotel Jerome, which was also located right downtown. The decor at this place is SO cool – lots of plaid, leather and luxurious details, and all the men walk around in cowboy hats. We also really liked our room at Hotel Jerome, and we LOVED the restaurant/bar. At night they walk around with a complimentary drink for hotel guests – we had cold apple cider with honey vodka and it was the best drink I’ve ever tasted! Another cool part that I already mentioned is that they let you drive a Mercedes during your stay so that you can check out the area! We had fun driving through the mountains ๐Ÿ™‚
If you have any questions about our trip to Aspen, I’m happy to answer them in the comments!
Congratulations to the GIVEAWAY WINNER of the Gucci bag giveaway, @ninaaa_995! 

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  1. I can't get over how cute your fall outfits are! Looks like Aspen was so much fun!

    xo, Carey

  2. This has me dying to take a trip to Aspen! Loving that sweater dress! And congrats on finding your wedding dress ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. How fun – and seriously gorgeous! Aspen is where my fiancรฉ and I became engaged ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Laura

  4. Thanks for the guide! It looks so beautiful there! Love all your fall outfits too!

  5. You have the best style! I LOVE all of your fall looks every year!

  6. All such adorable pictures! I need to go there next year!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

  7. omg yay!!!!! Soooo exciting you found your dress!

    xo, Allie

  8. Hi Caitlin! This was such a fun post to read. I'm glad you found your wedding dress-can't wait to see more of it. I love how you go into details and how you give us your recommendations on what to do/where to stay with all of your travels.

    These photos are stunning! How adorable are those beanies!!!

    Also, I'm interested in that luggage-is that the same one you've had years ago? Could you provide me a link? I'm in search of a new luggage.

    Hope you have a fantastic day!!!

    xo, Amy Z

    • I can't believe I didn't see the links for the scarf and the luggage. I must've been too excited to read your post ๐Ÿ˜†

      Amy Z

  9. Round up posts are my favorite types of posts! I am so ready for cooler weather now!


  10. Wow these pictures are absolutely stunning! You two are both so beautiful and Aspen looks so gorgeous in the fall! I'm definitely adding it to my list! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lots of love,


  11. Was there a winner for the Gucci purse?? The anticipation is killing me! The outfits were so cute from your trip to aspen, I loved them all.

  12. Such a sweet and Fall magical photos! You two girls look gorgeous on that photo together!

  13. I hope I win! Iโ€™ve been wanting a luxury handbag but Iโ€™m too poor to afford one.. I would be sooooo grateful!!๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ

  14. Wow these photos are beyond beautiful, you look so pretty! I really want to visit this place someday.

  15. Yay I'm so happy you found your dress!!! Such an exciting time!! โค๏ธ Xo,Britt

  16. Anonymous

    The anticipation is killing me for who won the Gucci bag. ๐Ÿ™‚ On a different note, I love the beanies and turtleneck. Also, this post makes me want to book a trip for Aspen!

  17. Anonymous

    The anticipation is killing me for the Gucci bag. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ฌ On a different note, I love every Aspen picture you shared. Clothing for the fall is my favorite!

  18. I think you should add a disclaimer that the Mercedes Benz highlight is offered EXCLUSIVELY TO MERCEDES BENZ OWNERS. Your post is quite misleading because potential guests may believe the room package comes with complimentary car rental despite what car they actually own which makes a big difference if the perk is an incentive to actually stay there.

    • Hi, this is actually false! Any guest of the hotel can sign up to drive the Mercedes for a 4-hour period of time even if they are not a Mercedes Benz owner. For example I do not own a Mercedes and was able to drive the car. You can call the hotel and they will confirm this!

  19. Who won the bag?

  20. Love seeing y'all's Colorado Adventure!! Y'all are too cute and congrats on finding your dress!!

    Kandice G
    Insta: kandi_cupcake

  21. Aspen looks amazing! It is definitely on my travel list! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jordan: Teacup of Style
    Instagram @teacupofstyle

  22. I'm obsessing over your Aspen trip! Not so much the snow, but the views look amazing! And that pic of you two with our beanies.. love it!
    xo- Beth

  23. Love the first outfit and your braid!


  24. Hey! Do you think the long sleeve ruched dress from Nordstroms would work for early/mid pregnancy? Online it looks like it might have some space in the stomach, but it's hard to tell! Thanks!

    • Yes I think so!! I've had a couple of readers tell me that it works for pregnancy too ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Ive never been to Aspen in the fall but looks absolutely beautiful!
    Loved your photos and nothing like mother daughter time:)

  26. These pictures are so cute! I've never been to Aspen but these pictures make me want to make the trip!


  27. Hi Caitlin,
    Can you please tell me where Jessica's grey beanie is from – the one she wore with the black shirt where your backs are to the camera? Thanks a lot!

    • Hey Gaelle, yes she is actually wearing my beanie! It's from Nordstrom and it's the brand "Genie by Eugenia Kim" ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Hey beautiful girl, I really loved your hat. Where can I get that for my fiance?

    Andrew @