There’s much to be said for the Zermatt Summer: rolling green hills framed by permanently snowy peaks, being able to ski any day of the year, going to see the extremely rare Valais battle cows go head-to-head if watching (and/or rare animal sports) is more your thing, and of course world-famous outbreaks of wildflowers.
It’s enough to make you sigh and start counting out the weeks until the next spring thaw on your iCal, that is until you start thinking about what Winter in Zermatt has to offer: snow covered hills framed and topped by the magnificent Matterhorn, being able to ski any day of the year (still), and sitting in cozy farm houses dining on produce, milk and meat products raised from the now-snow-covered pastures that surround you. It doesn’t get more local than that.
For the ultimate in local fare that’s “still” organic — as in “it was never anything but” — Chez Vrony serves up time-honored recipes that have been handed down generation to generation, like the restaurant itself. While certain touches add a very welcome contemporariness to perhaps the world’s most casual Michelin starred restaurant, it will be Chez Vrony‘s most traditional aspects that demand a repeat visit.
Here a nearly forgotten circle-of-life type approach brings these traditions to the forefront, and directly to your plate for a particularly satisfying meal and a unique pleasure that comes from participating in this generations-old way of eating. Chez Vrony keeps a few dairy cows nearby. Those cows produce the milk for the cheese the restaurant serves, and when they become older, those same cows are served as homemade sausages and dried meats cured in a hut just below the restaurant.
Chez Vrony is a must-stop-and-eat for anyone who is feeling disconnected by the modern food-machine, as well as anyone who finds themselves a bit peckish while skiing halfway down blue run number 6 from the top of the Sunnega Express. Consider the view of the Matterhorn from the decks the confectioners sugar dusted icing on your apple-tart cake.
Planning on taking a ski break to Zermatt this winter? Excellent choice! Keep those excellent decisions coming by staying at CERVO. Once you see their restaurant, you might find yourself eating meals twice.
Once the grand resting spot for the weary English mountaineer brigade heading high up the Alps, this wonderful historic spot has been brought smack up to date and is the creative hub of the town. This is a fabulous example of Swiss culture melting into English eccentricity – a place where the urbane greets the mountains, all in fresh modern tones.
The designer cool cat of the Alps, this appealingly smart modern lodge opts for a stylish clubhouse vibe alongside re-worked rustic elements. This is all about the luxury of the Alps – traditions and respect, bubbling with fun. A fashionable hideaway with trendsetting, popular eateries, all tucked away close to the Matterhorn.
Ski culture is more than an exhilarating afternoon spent on the slopes followed by a sauna and some well-deserved après-ski in the bar. Discover the ski-licious foodie side of the Alps where the focus is on enjoying great cuisine in spectacular surroundings.
Fabulous Alpine lodge-house for exclusive rental with stunning views of the famous Matterhorn in the ski resort of Zermatt, Switzerland. Created by the people over the legendary Cervo Mountain Resort, this design lodge has all the trimmings of a luxury chalet with urban modernity.
Billed as “Alpine Casual Dining”, Restaurant Ferdinand is the foodie brainchild of Daniel F. Lauber, who together with his wife, Seraina, founded the award-winning hotel CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort in Zermatt.
Everything in the long-established Ski resort of Zermatt evolves around Switzerland’s icon, the majestic and unmistakable, Matterhorn standing at an hypnotic 4478m, (affectionately tagged as the Toblerone Mountain) which puts this well-to-do, rustic alpine village firmly on the adventure map in since the mid-19th century, Zermatt being mentioned as far back as 1470’s.
Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or planning on your first trip, the charming town of Brig in Switzerland is sure to surprise. Located close to the Swiss-Italian border, in the sunny Upper Valais, Brig is an accessible gateway to the Alps, ski resorts and mountains, even more, Brig is a magnet for thrill-seekers and those with a passion for culture and history.