While hiking the Alps in the summer months, I’ve often found myself in what feels like an unending walk uphill, where – as much as I love hiking – the more I pick up my feet, the taller the mountain seems to get. Although my logical brain is happy enough to take a breath, look Continue Reading →
Switzerland has the best bread in the World. There, I’ve said it. Switzerland gets credit for doing a lot of things well, like chocolate, cheese, watches, and efficient transportation. But they don’t get enough credit for their bread, and as a former baker and long-time admirer of Swiss bread, I think it’s time we drew Continue Reading →
For your perfect first night in Switzerland, stay at Schwarzwaldalp. Caring hosts, great food, and cozy rooms refresh and inspire. And the trails just outside are ready for you to start your alpine hiking tour in style!
Strangolapreti or “Priest stranglers” are a delicious dumpling native to the Trentino Dolomites.
Foreign language, beauty, culture, cuisine, and hospitality are just a few things that come to mind when reminiscing about my adventure along the Tour du Mont Blanc Northern route this past August. My role at Alpinehikers is ‘Switzerland’ so when it comes to France or Italy, I’ve spent much less time exploring their famous through-trails. Continue Reading →
The best part of hiking Chamonix’s legendary vertical kilometer to the top of Planpraz is the stunning view of Mount Blanc from the top. The second best part is building up an appetite big enough to fully enjoy the delicious spread of burgers, fries, drinks and sides offered at Moo – Chamonix’s best burger joint. Continue Reading →
Chalet Floria is a charming old stone building brimming with flowers that is nestled into the hillside near Chamonix’s famous Petit Balcon Sud. It’s open mid-morning to late-afternoon from June to November and offers a small menu of light lunch options, deserts, coffees, juices, beer and wine. With sweeping views of Mont Blanc, the Mer Continue Reading →
Traveling to the Dolomites? A stop at Gostner Schwaige is a must! If you find yourself trekking through the majestic peaks of the Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites, say on our self-guided Great Dolomites Traverse, we’ve got a must do suggestion for you. Go to a foodie’s hidden heaven, located just above Ortisei on Continue Reading →
It turns out the American fried potato craze is not unique, in fact it’s a global phenomenon. People everywhere love fried potatoes and Switzerland is no exception. Let me introduce to you… Rösti. Originally from the Canton of Bern, Rösti (almost rhymes with PUSH-tea, but with an R) was first recognized as a farmer’s breakfast Continue Reading →
I could tell you all about the food, and the trains, and the fantastic hiking… And I will. But first, I have to share a little bit of the pure magic I experienced in Switzerland. As I expected, there was a transformative power in being away from familiar routines, and languages, and customs. But I Continue Reading →