Adam Darlington

Adam Darlington's journey in the restaurant business began in college and continued as he found his first true mentor and became fully immersed in the world of fine dining working for the Boca Restaurant Group in Cincinnati. The following year, he passed his certified sommelier exam and went to work for the Michelin-starred restaurant Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder under the tutelage of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey, an alumnus of The Little Nell's wine program. Adam's passion for hospitality is rooted in the principle of Ernest Hemingway's short story "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" - the idea of providing a welcoming and comfortable environment for all to enjoy food, drink, and company. Adam joined The Nell in 2024 as a sommelier, drawn to the hotel's reputation for excellence, its access to renowned wines, and the chance to collaborate with knowledgeable peers. He's currently studying to become an advanced sommelier and enjoys interacting with guests from all walks of life, welcoming them in a “clean, well-lighted place” to enjoy. When he's not working, Adam enjoys the great outdoors for running, skiing, cycling, and adventures with his wife and their dog.


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Please note that the hotel and all dining outlets, with the exception of Ajax Tavern, are closed for the season, reopening on May 21. Ajax Tavern will be closed for the season starting April 22.

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Events Calendar
Explore events happening at The Little Nell and around Aspen, from wine dinners and parties to on-mountain activities and community gatherings.
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Wine Cellar Experiences
A reputation as rich as its cellar - now is your chance to experience a unique part of The Little Nell wine program. Enjoy a private cellar tasting or dinner, catered to your every need and hosted by one of our sommeliers.
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Summer Adventures
Sunny skies and blooming wildflowers set the ideal atmosphere for a Summer Adventure in Aspen. Cast your line into any of the Valley's Gold Medal Waters on a fly fishing excursion, or elevate your perspective with an off-road tour to the top of Aspen Mountain.

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