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Reservations are required for day passes ($18) to Avalanche Ranch just outside of Carbondale on Highway 133. 

Brunch is kind of the basic way to celebrate Mother's Day, right? Plus, the pickings for a proper one are slim in Aspen year-round, let alone during the height of off-season. Aspen Art Museum's now-annual soirée is already sold out, but if you must, we recommend Justice Snow's with a complimentary mimosa or glass of sparkling wine to all moms included. Before Sunday arrives, order a fresh bouquet from Mountain Flowers of Aspen ASAP and plan one of these alternative outings instead. And if your mom partakes, further elevate your afternoon with a “Mother’s Day Penny Joint” from Native Roots.

Get Artsy:
Even though the Aspen Art Museum brunch is sold out, it’s open until 6 p.m. on Sundays, so stop in for a free-admission look at soon-to-end exhibits: Haris Epaminonda: VOL. XXII (through May 28), Jack Pierson: 5 Shows from the ‘90s (through May 21), Danh Võ (through May 21), Gravity & Grace (through May 28), and Adam McEwen: I Think I’m in Love (through June 4).

Hit a Trail:
The forecast is looking lovely for Sunday, so it's a perfect excuse to pick a new hiking trail to try together. It might be early in the season, but there are plenty of dry ones to explore: Smuggler-Hunter Creek loop, East of Aspen, Rio Grande, Sunnyside, Rim, and around Ashcroft. Don't forget about all of the down valley options, too, from our friends at Aspen Trail Finder.  

Pack a Picnic:
Pick up a bottle or few from the best rosé selection in town at Of Grape & Grain (111 S. Monarch St., 970-925-8600), then swing by Butcher’s Block or Meat & Cheese’s Farm Shop for choice charcuterie. Head to one of the beachy banks along the Stillwater stretch of the Roaring Fork River for the afternoon and take in the sights and sounds of the Northstar Nature Preserve. 

Go for a Soak:
Head down valley to any one of our area hot springs for a rejuvenating catch up session in soothing mineral waters: Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, or Avalanche Ranch. For a free dip au natural hit Penny Hot Springs, located below Highway 133 and on your left heading east from Highway 82. Mile marker 55 marks the spot to park the car and take the dirt trail down to this enclave on the river.

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Meat & Cheese Restaurant And Farm Shop

$$$ American 317 E. Hopkins Ave.

This hot spot from Wendy Mitchell of Basalt's Avalanche Cheese Company showcases local meats (including her award-winning charcuterie), cheeses, seasonal pro...