The Hotel I (Almost) Want To Keep Secret

Lounging before breakfast. 

Lounging before breakfast. 

But I won't because I loved this place so, so much. Because our time and money is precious. 

I love discovering places in Switzerland that I never would have known about, had I not been traveling with Alex - like Melchsee-Frutt outside of Lucerne. 

Views near Guarda Val. 

Views near Guarda Val. 

This hotel, Guarda Val in the Swiss mountain town of Lenzerheide, is Alpine perfection. Split among eleven 300-year-old chalet-style huts, it's a place that will envelop you. The breakfast is divine, their main restaurant is one of the best in town, they serve coffee and cake every afternoon in a soaring space with a fireplace, there is a beautiful small spa and jacuzzi outside (which they call an "open-air hot pot" - haha). You wake up to heart-stopping views, you're breathing in air that can heal you, you realize you want a simpler life (or maybe that's just me). 

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Most of all, I loved discovering Lenzerheide. I had been to Arosa - which is now connected to Lenzerheide by cable car, making it one of Switzerland's largest ski areas. But Lenzerheide is pretty special - it's really primarily Swiss people who go here. 

Tip: I'd highly recommend a car to get to Lenzerheide in the canton of Graubünden - it's that rare place in Switzerland not connected by train. But you will be rewarded. And maybe I'll see you there this summer. 

Hotel Jerome in Aspen

On my first trip to Aspen, I fell in love immediately. Totally hooked within an hour of getting to town.  Now I've been four times, and fall more in love with each visit.  It's a place that exists nowhere else, with small-town appeal, big-city shops and restaurants, and glamour without pretention.

The Hotel Jerome has been a Main Street cornerstone since opening in 1889, 123 years ago.  Before the big hotel brands swept into town, the Hotel Jerome captured Aspen's allure. Wear your cowboy boots to hang out in the Victorian-style lobby by an old fireplace, clocks hanging on the wall, stuffed mounted deer, and chandeliers.  But I promise you it does not smell like it was built in 1889!

I like a laid-back bar where I can hear my friends talk.  The famous Jerome Bar or J-Bar gives me that, but also makes me feel like I've picked the right spot to be in town.  And you can't leave with trying the famous Jerome burger with applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and sweet potato fries on the side.

The J-BarThe rooms are spacious and of course have updated amenities, so you can enjoy the Old West without using tin cans or horses to communicate.

Cozy Library Bar

Hallway Leading to the Ballrooms

A Gym...With a Fireplace?