Tuesday, 17 December 2013
When Joe and I decided that a winter trip to Switzerland was a strong possibility in December, I started to research which cities and towns we should visit but here's the problem with Switzerland, it's all extremely beautiful and all worthy of a visit. I reached out to Kristina who had lived in the country for a few years and she suggested a couple of little villages in the Alps. As I looked a little closer into her suggestions, I stumbled across Silvi's Dreamcatcher Inn and the decision was made - we would spend a couple of nights in Grindelwald.
Grindelwald is indeed, a tiny little town nestled in the Alps. It's primarily a skiing destination with several hills in the immediate vicinity but unlike more well-known Swiss ski destinations, it's quite low key and quaint. There are a smattering of shops, most related to skiing and mountain climbing and a handful of restaurants and hotels but mostly, the mountainside is dotted with chalets, gondolas and chairlifts.
High season doesn't begin in the area until the 23rd of December so aside from the locals hitting the slopes, we felt like we were the only visitors in the area. In fact, many of the hotels and restaurants weren't even open yet but that didn't bother us in the least.
We loved our room at Dreamcatcher Inn and our hosts Silvi, Horst & Sandra were lovely. Again, due to low season, we had the entire place to ourselves. The icy path up the side of the mountain meant we had to park below and hike to and from the chalet but the views made up for it. Both mornings we were treated to a delicious, home cooked breakfast and in the evenings, we drank a bottle of red wine, courtesy of the hosts' vineyard and sat in the large jacuzzi on the deck. While the village was quiet, this was the one place we had a bit more time - more time to cozy up with a book, hot tea & more time in the hot tub overlooking those mountains.