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10 ways to enjoy Aspen without snow or skis

Skiing, snow and the mountains usually come to mind when you think about Aspen, that ritzy Colorado town where celebrities mingle, giant fluffy dogs act as accessories and truffles are served for breakfast. But just as everything in Aspen isn't glamorous, skiing is not the only thing to do. During the summer and fall, plenty of people flock here for hiking, biking, eating, horseback riding, fishing and even just to relax in the pristine mountain air. The best part: Once you get to the town, you really don't need a car since some buses run for free between the mountains, outfitters organize adventure tours, and everything else is just a short walk away.

Hike Maroon Bells

The classic Colorado logo comprised of a mountain
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The classic Colorado logo comprised of a mountain peak can be seen in real life at the Maroon Bells, two peaks that are just a, 30-minute bus ride ($6) from Aspen. With a serene lake clear enough to see trout swimming and lots of green vegetation (when the mountain's not covered in snow), it just might be one of the prettiest places in the whole state. You can take it easy and relax by the water, or embark on one of the many hikes around the area, which range from an easy hour-long loop to more intense jaunts deep in the forest.

Take a seat in the St. Regis Resort's oxygen lounge

For those coming from sea level, the oxygen
Photo Credit: Facebook / Remède Spa at The St. Regis Aspen Resort

For those coming from sea level, the oxygen room at this five-star hotel may just make your day -- after all, you are now elevated to 7,908 feet. Sit back in one of the leather chairs or soft daybeds and strap a tank on. The room is located in the resort?s Remède Spa, and with a spa day pass you can move between the hot tub, steam room and oxygen lounge. Plus, the experience comes with a glass of sparkling wine, tea and snacks. Spa day passes starting at $50; 315 E. Dean St., 970-429-9038, stregisaspen.com

Brunch at Justice Snow's

One of the best brunches in Aspen can
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One of the best brunches in Aspen can be found at this hip downtown venue, which serves up lemon ricotta pancakes, wild mushroom and asparagus frittata and a breakfast burrito with Hatch green chilies. There is also a Bloody Mary bar to get your creative cocktail juices flowing. 328 E. Hyman Ave., 970-429-8192, justicesnows.com

Go fly fishing

Experience the joy and serenity of fly fishing
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Experience the joy and serenity of fly fishing with Aspen Outfitting Company. The tour group teaches you how to cast, look for fish, reel them in and stay secure in the water. It also provides all equipment and procures you a temporary license, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Located in the lobby of the St. Regis Resort, aspenoutfitting.com

Have a picnic

Picnicking is easy with Prospect at Hotel Jerome.
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Picnicking is easy with Prospect at Hotel Jerome. Choose from a variety of meals, from smoked and cured meats, artisan cheese and freshly baked bread to honey-glazed ham, pineapple relish and cornbread. Each lunch comes in an easy-to-cart backpack. Take it with you to Maroon Bells, have an outdoor feast in the ghost town of Ashcroft (pictured) or bring it while fishing. Just be sure to bring the bag back when you're done. $40/person, order must be placed 24 hours in advance; 330 E. Main St., 855-331-7231, hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com

Dine at Aspen Art Museum

Take in the stunning view of Aspen Mountain
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Take in the stunning view of Aspen Mountain while nibbling on the fresh, healthy fare at So, the tiny cafe on top of this decades-old institution. The menu changes every Tuesday so you can expect a new dining experience with each visit. There's also, of course, the museum to enjoy, which is free to visit and open Tuesday through Sunday. 637 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-8050, aspenartmuseum.org

Go horseback riding

Explore Aspen by horseback with Snowmass Creek Outfitters,
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Explore Aspen by horseback with Snowmass Creek Outfitters, which offers a variety of rides, from a half-day lunch or dinner ride to trots around Snowmass Village to overnight camping trips. snowmasscreekoutfitters.com

Shop at the Aspen Saturday Market

Find fresh, seasonal produce, handicrafts, local honey, skin
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Find fresh, seasonal produce, handicrafts, local honey, skin products made from foraged ingredients and more at this popular farmers market. Take a seat at one of the picnic tables, grab a frozen lemonade and plate of mini doughnuts and listen to the live music. Runs seasonally from mid-June through mid-October; at South Galena Street and East Hopkins Avenue

Bike through town

Take one of the many public bikes provided
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Take one of the many public bikes provided by WeCycle, which has 16 stations all over Aspen. A 24-hour pass is $9, though taking a bike out for more than 30 minutes at a time will accrue extra fees. Still, that?s easily enough time to peddle from one spot to the next in town or ride to the base of Smuggler Mountain (pictured) and go hiking. we-cycle.org

Do the Ute Sundance Ritual at the Viceroy spa in Snowmass Village

Take the free bus 20 minutes to Snowmass
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Take the free bus 20 minutes to Snowmass for this spa treatment. The Native Americans used to occupy the land that now hosts these posh ski resorts, and the 2-hour Ute Sundance Ritual at the Viceroy?s spa speaks to this heritage. The treatment starts with a hot salt soak to wash away heavy intentions, followed by a warm red-clay body wrap to help detoxify. From there you get an oil scalp massage, a shea butter full-body massage and a hand-and-foot treatment to finish the rejuvenating ceremony. $340; 130 Wood Rd., 970-923-8000, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

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