My recent trip to beautiful Midwest America was both delightful and enlightening. I began my trip with some sightseeing in Aspen, Colorado, made my way through Vail, and ended my trip with horseback riding in Saratoga, Wyoming. The food, the shops, the views, and the people of this mountain area are all fantastic. You’ll be glad to know it’s a working trip. I’m working on a new Niven Morgan scent for next spring. I was there for a few days, so what kind of inspiration did I find?
Let us begin with a bit of culture. I began my trip in lovely Aspen where you must visit the Elliott Yeary Gallery on East Hyman Avenue to find great fine art and jewelry. While there look for beautiful art pieces from Dallas's very own Kim Wyly and jewelry from Dallas designer Elizabeth Showers.
After you are famished from shopping head to Steak House 316 for dinner. A gorgeous Victorian home repurposed into something new and unique. When the locals recommend it you know it must be incredible. You absolutely have to dine outside to enjoy the wonderful food and gorgeous weather. Sitting outside also gives you a great people watching opportunity!
Housed in a rambling Victorian era home, Explore Booksellers is a genuine Aspen treasure. Book lovers young and old will be wowed at the amazing selection of books and atmosphere which can be found here. Be sure to look for Niven Morgan products at this great independent bookstore.
Finbarr’s Irish Pub & Kitchen joined the Aspen dining scene in late 2011. The food is just delicious; just for football season they’re serving Guinness & Cheddar Fondue. If you’re lucky, snag a table outside.
From Aspen I made my way to breathtaking Vail, Colorado.
Hiking the Shrine Pass about ten minutes from Vail is truly worth the trip. The wildflower meadows and pine woodlands are sights to behold…absolutely stunning.
For something different and entertaining don't miss Bol. With Bol’s sleek and modern design this isn’t your average 70’s inspired bowling alley. Bol boasts a full bar and offers smaller portions so you can try a variety of plates on the same visit. The menu is inspired by world flavors and healthy too. You can be sure to expect an exceptional meal, and you will definitely want to take your friends for a great night out.
I ended a great trip with a guided horse tour at Medicine Bow Lodge & Ranch in Saratoga, WY. With an altitude of 8,500 feet the views were bound to be exquisite and I was not disappointed. This was a fabulous way to experience the primitive life and great beauty of Wyoming. The photos below truly speak for themselves.
I hope you enjoyed this little virtual tour around the Midwest. I can’t wait to share the newest Niven Morgan scent I’m working on. I just know you’re going to love it. Check back later this month for more inspiration.