What does your day-to-day look like at work?
The other day my colleague Carlton McCoy, Wine Director at The Little Nell, said something that resonates with my day to day, “Every morning, I wake up in the weeds.” I have lists going on my phone at all times with everything from big picture goals (land a cover story here) to minute details (send a photo collection to that publication and confirm that guest’s lunch plans). It’s busy, fast-paced, and each day presents a new opportunity to meet someone interesting and introduce them to fabulous happenings at The Little Nell. It’s gratifying to see when our efforts pay off in spades. A recent example is a journalist we hosted for our Wine Academy in the spring of 2017. His story on this deluxe program is featured in the current issue of Departures — American Express’ magazine for platinum cardholders — in a beautiful one-page feature - more than a year later. We’ve received numerous inquiries about the next edition and The Little Nell in general, which is a wonderful way to connect with potential guests.
How did you make the decision to make your life in Aspen?
When I was little I used to draw pictures of a place that looked a lot like the West End. I would place my friends in houses surrounding mine and include activities like biking and boating and picnicking. It's funny to think I live in a place that resembles my original vision from childhood – simple in concept, but with depth. We live in a townhouse in the east end of Aspen (what I’ve heard recently described as the “Design District,” because of the Aspen Art Museum, Boesky West Gallery and Aspen Design Room situated there) and a stone’s throw from so many little luxuries like parks, restaurants, friends’ houses, etc. But that wouldn’t be enough as that can be found in many places. I love Aspen for its sophistication, elegance, natural beauty, many visitors from the world over, and so much more.
I feel fortunate to love my jobs — pitching news about this special place through my role at The Little Nell, sharing stories about interesting people here through my weekly social column in The Aspen Times, and on the side, I DJ fairly frequently. I met my husband here, we have a young son and we love calling Aspen home. My husband owns a restaurant, 520 Grill, and our son knows more people than we do combined.
And I love having an airport so close and a culture and community that encourage traveling yet welcome you home time and again.