Swiss Miss: Locarno to Muralto

For all the research that I did for this trip, months in advance, Locarno to Muralto caught me by absolutely delightful surprize. I’d scoured the interwebs and the Pinterest for some good hike ideas originating in Ascona and at one point ran out of ideas. So, I hit up my hotel concierge with my query….

Osteria Tommy & Ketty- Ascona

Ah, Tommy and Ketty, I just love your names. I appreciate your responding to me that I couldn’t dine with you over the holiday weekend as you were full, which made me that much more determined to do so- so I did. Your pizzas get a lot love online and I just had to know…

Agape- Lugano

Agape was my target for a delightfully indulgent lunch while touring Lugano. I’d lucked out and arranged it perfectly, as just after departing my leisurely meal, the skies opened and a persistent thunderstorm plagued the town. The Agape courtyard was idyllic and perfect for a non-thunderstorm meal. The purple crystal rabbit (my waiter said elephant)…

Swiss Miss: Isole di Brissago

The boat trip is lovely and make sure you allot about 45 minutes for a leisurely stroll around the island. Better yet, book yourself a lunch here and enjoy the views.

Swiss Miss- Ronca

After a Google of hikes originating from Ascona, a TripAdvisor review sold me on a walk to Ronca. I’d gone to bed early in anticipation of a two hour hike prior to checking out of my hotel. My timing was great, but it took me nearly 30 minutes, if not longer, to find the dang…

Osteria Chiara – Muralto

Thursday was the Ascension holiday, so I was quite glad to have made a reservation in advance. The menu and reviews at Osteria Chiara looked delightful. I was seated right on time, and with a prime table overlooking the lake. The lunch menu was quite limited. I’d walked 7 miles and was excited for a…

Seven Boutique Hotel – Ascona

Seven Boutique Hotel- what a little gem, you are. Thanks for being so easy, clean, and inexpensive. You have bars and restos all over town where I could eat inside (Merci!) and were just a darling find in an excellent, central location in Ascona. The hotel is set among a handful of old houses in…

Seven Restaurant- Ascona

Vacation! After Covid! After launching a Covid product! After moving to Europe! During a pandemic! I’m exhausted and so grateful to be here in picturesque, Ascona. I couldn’t be fussed with Covid tests, monitoring border restrictions and the like, so I decided to explore my new home instead, just crossing my fingers I could still…

L’Atelier in Lavaux

L’Atelier, the only restaurant I could dine in this quarter thanks to my last minute hotel stay at Hotel Lavaux. The restaurant was very well spaced for the pandemic and the entire wall of open windows ensured that guests got plenty of circulated air if not able to dine on the terrace. I was surprised…

Swiss Miss: Epesses

The next day I woke up early in Cully and decided that I would walk the 1.5 hours to the funicular that would take me to my lunch in Vevey. Whelp, about 20 minutes in, I was greeted with a charming sign stating that ‘yeah we get that this is the most scenic road in…

Hotel Lavaux

You’re immediately greeted with a pretty, modern terrace, oddly situated on the main road. The lobby was extremely small and sparse, letting the terrace off to the side do the heavy lifting of coffee and croissants. My room was a single and was immaculate. Cozy bedding and blackout blinds made it excellent for sleeping. The…

Swiss Miss: Lavaux Region & Cully

This last week a few events had me thinking about how short life is and who knows what time looks like on the planet or even just in Switzerland. I needed to make the most of it. So, an impromtu weekend away to reflect and be in nature sounded perfect. OK, maybe there would be…