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Great Escapes: Aspen, Colorado

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Located on the Roaring Fork River, just a 10-​minute walk from downtown Aspen along the Rio Grande Trail, this charmer of a log cabin is filled with comfortable aesthetic touches that one would expect in a much larger home. Cheryl Lucas, the interior designer who worked on the structure’s recent multimillion-dollar renovation, recalls seeing the surrounding view of Aspen Mountain and the river for the first time: “I knew whatever I did to the interior needed to play a secondary role to that view,” she says. “However, looking at that view, inside or outside, [the cabin] had to be the ultimate in beauty and comfort.” The 2,230-square-foot cabin has 10-foot ceilings that create a sense of spaciousness within the modest footprint, and the property includes three bedrooms, an additional room with bunk beds, three and a half bathrooms, and an outdoor entertaining space with a kitchen, a hot tub, and a fire pit. The interior showcases works by well-known local and international artists, and a two-story entryway is enhanced by another piece of art: a custom hand-forged iron stair railing that resembles tree branches.

Rates: from $3,500 nightly. Contact: Villas of Distinction, 800.289.0900, www.villasofdistinction.com

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