My wife and I stayed at Aria’s Loft in Carbondale for a week in June., 2014. We have stayed in many VRBOs and Aria Loft ranks among the very best in terms of convenience, amenities, location, and bang for the buck. Carbondale is a wonderful (and vastly more affordable) alternative to the craziness of Aspen. The Loft is located in a residential neighborhood just a couple of blocks from Carbondale’s charming main street, which has a surprising variety of restaurants, a very cool brew pub, a couple of art galleries and some funky antique places.
Recreational opportunities abound. The Loft comes with two good quality bikes so in a couple of minutes you can be cruising down the Rio Grande Bike Trail, a paved (and relatively flat!) bike path that runs 44 miles from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, much it along the Roaring Fork River. Then there is th nearby hiking, world class fishing, kayaking and rafting. (If you are into hiking and trail running, be sure to check out the Independence Run and Hike Outdoor Store in Carbondale.)
The Loft itself is spotless, tastefully furnished, private, and quiet. The owners, Marti and Chuck, are wonderful. They also gave us a tour of The Residence, a larger VRBO they also own -- it is to die for.