Pizza Vino- Geneva

One sunny day of recent, I’d spent 5-6 miles traipsing around Geneva to the point where I officially had a sandals suntan. Naturally, I’d worked up an appetite. Rather than Google what’s best in the area (and there are tons of options in the neighborhood of Carouge) I opted for what looked good on a…

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…

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…

Hotel Eden Roc – Ascona

After three nights at the very cute and clean Seven Boutique Hotel, I was going to upgrade a wee bit to the Hotel Eden Roc at the other end of Ascona. Thank you Hotels.com for letting me cash in some free nights here because this place was absolute heaven. The property was STUNNING. Meticulous gardens…

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….

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.