Le Patio- Chardonne

I decided to receive my vaccines in the most glamorous way offered in Switzerland, along the Montreux Riviera. Ok, this also gave me access to them a few weeks earlier than the area around my home, but just pretend that the glam factor played a large part in it, because it brought me to the…

Relais Castello di Morcote

The final leg of my trip to Ticino was to be four nights at the gorgeous Relais Castello di Morcote. It did not happen and I feel so strange about it. I have never cut a trip short. Ever. So, to do so at a gorgeous hotel for the part of a trip that I…

Castello Scheeloss Restaurant – Ascona

After ambling the streets of Ascona for nearly a week, I’d noted some restaurants to investigate further. On my final night, I wanted to go off-campus of the gorgeous Hotel Eden Roc and enjoy something a little more casual. Note: with a number of restaurants still not seating outside guests inside, restaurants closed random days…

Swiss Miss: Ascona

Ascona, what an absolute gem of the Ticino region! This postcard pleasant town is conveniently located adjacent to the transportation-heavy Locarno, but with far more charm, so it’s an excellent jumping off point for the region or hikes originating from Locarno. You feel like you are walking the streets lakeside in Italy, but with all…

Marina Restaurant – Ascona

Marina, along with the Eden Roc Hotel, look like they were transplanted from South Beach to Ascona. An absolute time trap, in the most beautiful way. Just look… The menu was posted on a surfboard outside of the placid lake. The inside of the restaurant was absolutely stunning. Pure beach vibes, though the restaurant totes…

La Brezza – Ascona

La Brezza, what an absolutely joyful meal. I can’t imagine a better experience coming out of quarantine and back into the world of fine dining and indoors no less. While the clientele of Eden Roc was a bit older and serious (that’s Ms. Fluffy Scrunchy pictured below), the Michelin one-starred La Brezza, was an absolute…

Swiss Miss: Valle Verzasca

After eating your pizza at the Lido Campground, walk just another 10 minutes to Tenero. From there, you can see the very small town, but also catch the bus to Valle Verzasca. You’ll pass that famous dam from Goldeneye that seems to be on a lot of Ticino to-see lists. View it from the bus…

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….

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…

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…