I grew up in Florida and my parents still live in the house we moved into when I was in 6th grade. Florida is great. It’s beautiful in many ways and places. There’s Disney World, swimming with dolphins, miles and miles of white sandy beaches… the thing is, much of the year (when most tourists have the good sense to go back where they came from), it is hot. I mean, so hot you think you’re gonna melt and you move from one air conditioned space to another, or people play golf or run or whatever they need to do outside in the wee hours of the morning or the still-light moments just after sunset.
So… my Mother and I both LOVE snow. Christmas for us is all about beautiful wintery places. Dad stays home to watch American football. This year she arrived for Christmas just hours before a snow storm hit Lugano. She was THRILLED.
Then we packed up and headed North (and there was no new snow!) with the dog to the beautiful Relais & Chateaux Hotel Dollenberg in the Black Forest. They had a beautiful Christmas program, we had a super-fun dinner in a mountain hut, Mufasa loved the feather beds, I ate the finest pasta with truffles I have ever put in my mouth. A good time was had by all:
If you go to the Hotel Dollenberg, do the Hut Night — it’s included. (Check out the leather pants and Mother-of-Pearl accordian!)
Also plan to arrive in time for Tuesday’s Kitchen Night — the young chef here is truly world-class. The food was among the finest I’ve ever eaten anywhere.