Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Ok, Ok, I know we’ve talked about Grand Hotel Tremezzo quite a bit, and this is my last post about it, I swear. Well, that is until I find enough change in the couch to spend a night or two there and then you’ll have to hear about the rooms and 1,000 other thoughtful, orange…

La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi at Grand Hotel Tremezzo

On my very first day of my holiday in Italy, I took a call from my CEO – I’d received a promotion that I didn’t even know I was up for. Woah! What a lovely surprise and killer start to a gorgeous vacation. If you can be lucky enough to align major life perks, I’d…

Cantina Follie & L’Escale Trattoria

As soon as I realized that I was just down the road from Grand Hotel Tremezoo, it was pretty obvious that I’d need to be there in some capacity every day. One day it was a Michelin starred meal to celebrate a promotion, another day I’d simply broken a flip-flop or so my subconscious told…

Ausonia Hungaria

After experiencing the crushing cloud of tourism overcrowding and humidity, I was so happy with my decision to stay on the beautiful island of Lido. Once the island was selected, I struggled to decide between budget hotels, the old grand dame of the beach, and the historic, but newly renovated Ausonia Hungaria. One glimpse of…

Villa La Mirabella

After a long conference in Basel, I trained down to Lake Como for a few glorious days at the eleven room, Villa La Mirabella. This family-run villa from the 1860’s is well situated just north of Tremezzo in Griante which is handy for all types of ferries and is in walking distance of plenty of…

Venissa

Next to Burano, on the island of Mazzoboro is the most charming place on the planet, aka, Venissa. Part Michelin-starred resto, part osteria, part small hotel, and part vineyard, this place is absolute heaven. I started my visit with a walk through the gardens that are especially known for their artichokes. Nine retirees from neighboring…

Lido

For the Venice leg of my journey, I decided to last minute stay in Lido, the neighboring beach island next door. After spending a day in the crushing mass of tourists, crammed into humidity filled spaces, I was quite glad that I did. Just look at these streets. Wide sidewalks either filled to the brim…

Burano

I just spent the last few days exploring the areas of Venice that had been previously unknown to me- Lido, Murano, Burano, and Mazzorbo. My favorite of the list was Burano, so I just had to share a few highlights in photo form. After a sleep-inducing hourly hour-long ferry, you arrive in a sort of…

Cacio e Pepe. Sort of.

Most recently I decided to ride the Chrissy Tiegan streak after my IG high of her liking my post. Swoon. So next up was a really indulgent dinner for one! Cacio e Pepe, Tiegan style! Chrissy’s version has the addition of argula, pancetta, lemon, and red pepper flakes. While I love all of these things,…