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St. Moritz Travel Journal

Relaxation, pampering, and adventure merge in Switzerland’s uber-expensive winter playland.

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Our Outdoor Adventure with Urs

I wish I could hug whoever came up with the idea for The Carlton St. Moritz to have an “outdoor butler”. Mr. Urs Wiederkehr is a true outback man and a traditional gentleman rolled into one. He can hold his own in the diamond-encrusted crowd and yet he spent four years of his life living in a little mountaintop cabin 100 meters above the nearest road (yes, that means he had to hike to get to and from it!) #amaaazing! #gladyoutrieditsoIdon’thaveto

Urs spent a day with us hiking through the mountains past several sparkling lakes and uber-charming mountain villages, all the while telling us about the local bird and animal species and the history of St. Moritz (he has, after all, lived in St. Moritz for over 30 years). Lucky for us, he brought a backpack full of gear I didn’t realize I needed but was super glad to have. The hike was just tough enough to keep me from getting bored, but not so tough that I got vertigo. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

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Me, on a frozen mountaintop lake we visited with Urs

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Part of our hike took us alongside this lake…

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Mike and Urs, walking ahead

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The one and only signpost we passed

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Urs and I, in a mountaintop village

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Taking a lunch break with my hubby (and Urs) in a tiny mountaintop village

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The adorable menu display outside the restaurant

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Where we ate… so cozy and traditionally Swiss!

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The proud proprietor at the mountaintop lunch spot we stopped in

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The menu… very traditional, but she managed to make us a vegan meal anyway

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 51 Comments

  1. ariel myers

    everyone comments on the hotel, what i noticed more is the beautiful mountain. that magestic white capped mountain. just wow! could stare at it all day and would not get tired of it.

  2. Abigael Fisher

    Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in the world and spending holidays there can eat into your budget.

  3. Isabella Jones

    Just stopped by to let you know that after reading this, I enjoyed 3 magical evenings at this 5 star, classic, luxurious and very comfortable hotel. I love that it’s perched over Lake St. Moritz and every room is situated to have this view. I was lucky to stay in the Chagall Suite. As the name implies, the theme was decorated colorfully in the spirit of Marc Chagall, the artist. I just love it. I hope everyone can experience what I experience there 🙂

  4. May Baker

    This hotel is just amazing, everything is top. Location the best in St. Moritz, service. The highlight is the Restaurant da Vittorio. The suites are just beautiful. Unfortunately, the hotel is closed for the Summer season.

  5. Pepa Washington

    Truly “one of the leading hotels in the world”. During my 4 days’ stay, I experienced an excellent service, a friendly staff, and all the facilities and luxury one can ask for.
    Great view, great restaurant, a remarkable experience!

  6. Sasha Smith

    If you ever want to experience a true 5 Star Hotel, you must stay at the Carlton Hotel in St. Moritz. From the rooms to the service and the food/restaurant offerings, it doesn’t get any better than this.

  7. Francis Vest

    Love the photos in your travel articles.

  8. How’s the weather at St. Moritz?! ❄ ☔ 🌞

  9. Sharon Payson

    That hotel looks absolutely breathtaking! 😅

  10. Andrea Jones

    “Seeing is believing,” I’m definitely booking a trip to St. Moritz! Great write-up

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