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How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

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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.

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

Me, on a frozen mountaintop lake we visited with Urs

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

Part of our hike took us alongside this lake…

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

Mike and Urs, walking ahead

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

The one and only signpost we passed

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

Urs and I, in a mountaintop village

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

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

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

The adorable menu display outside the restaurant

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

Where we ate… so cozy and traditionally Swiss!

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

The proud proprietor at the mountaintop lunch spot we stopped in

How to Have a Relaxing Adventure in St. Moritz

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 spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

27 Comments

  1. Selli Coaze

    Terrific! I’m going to start planning my St. Moritz visit!

  2. Juli Woods

    I’m in love with St. Moritz because of its natural beauty and cosmopolitan atmosphere. My girlfriends and I are going to plan a Swiss road trip and visit St Moritz and Zurich. ?

  3. Hena Taylor

    Now I’m reminded of that exciting “Christmas feeling.” Nice one!

  4. Lusi Martin

    Reading your article made me feel the excitement over again. I remembered my train ride, at the “Glacier Express.” Very scenic… once in a lifetime, “must experience” 😉

  5. Jessi Agusta

    St. Moritz is one of the most exclusive places I’ve been to (and the most expensive — a small pizza was 40 euros!)

  6. Honey Smith

    What I love about your site is that I always get “free” comprehensive travel guides. I appreciate how you write about your experiences and I find your photos amazing!!!

  7. Bela Christo

    St. Moritz is the most perfect and amazing ski area I’ve ever been to! I’ve been twice, but I’m going to book another trip today and stay at The Carlton this time.

  8. Anila William

    I’d like a romantic getaway at Carlton Hotel. Thanks for the idea 🙂 ❤

  9. Cristina Joseff

    I can imagine myself surrounded by deep blue colored ice.

  10. Nancy Smith

    I think the St. Moritz is impeccably glamorous 😉

  11. Maria Bruce

    You’re an amazing woman, Hilary! You travel, explore and experience wonderful places. Thank you for sharing — through great article and awesome photos!

  12. Quin Meri

    From your article, it looks like St. Moritz is the perfect destination for me and boyfriend… and the Swiss are known for their chocolates! #yummy

  13. Sharlene Robinson

    You know what?! I love the thrill of hiking and am currently considering St. Moritz as my next destination. Glad I landed on your page!

  14. It seems that Carlton is a VERY elegant hotel. Would love to try their spa the next time I’m in the area.

  15. Very interesting… the mountain scenery looks so relaxing

  16. I’ve bookmarked the article! I’ll def check this again when I plan my St. Moritz trip this year. Thanks much!

  17. I have a little dog and I’m always looking for hotels that are really pet-friendly, where I can also do stuff outside with her. Please post more articles like these, with pet-friendly hotels. Please please please!

  18. I wonder how easy it is for a New Yorker to visit St. Moritz for a vacation? How far is it from the airport? ?

    • You’d fly into Zurich and it’s a super gorgeous 2.5 hour drive to St. Moritz. The hotel can hook you up with a ride.

  19. Sally J

    I heard that St Moritz is super snobby and sceney. It’s always sounded like the last place I’d want to go.

  20. My friends go to St. Moritz all the time. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but it seems like it has a lot to offer. I’ll definitely join them next time, and suggest this hotel to them. They usually book out an entire floor. Fun!

  21. WOW – That hotel looks ammmmaaazzzinng… I’m going to book us there ASAP. How long does it take to get there from the airport?

  22. I’ve been to St. Moritz so many times, but never stayed at the Carlton. It looks right up my alley. Thanks for the tip — will stay there next time! BTW – I adore Hauser bakery!

  23. Ana Brose

    Very interesting… the mountain scenery looks so relaxing. I’ve bookmarked the article! I’ll def check this again when I plan my St. Moritz trip this year. Thanks much!

  24. Jenifer Jeni

    Wow, what a beautiful place! I’ve booked 2 nights in St Moritz next month. Looking forward to the Carlton Spa!

  25. Trish Potter

    Well now I know where to go when I want to travel with my cat and have her pampered – and after I save up to increase my travel budget! That seems like a once in a lifetime place and hotel to stay at, and now it’s on my travel bucket list. It sounds like such a calming escape from the craziness and uncertain, unpredictable times since Donald Trump was elected – it would be nice to get away and not feeling that it’s urgent to be hooked into the news to see what weird thing he’s done that day! I loved that the Carlton provided cat beds for your cats!

  26. Jeni Morgan

    WUNDERBARE fotos und toller mantel! wenn ich das sehe, kann ich meinen ersten skiurlaub diesen winter kaum erwarten! ich hab dieses jahr das glück 2 mal skiurlaub zu machen, das zweite mal auch in st.moritz. ich war dort noch nie und hab schon viel gutes über die pisten gehört ? ich wünsch dir viel spaß dort

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