A weekend in the vignes of Northern Lake Geneva.
As mentioned in previous posts, our goal for 2018 is to explore more of Switzerland. Said and done! Over one of the longer bank holiday weekends in May, we decided to head to the Northern side of Lake Geneva and travel the area around Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux. It’s a region full of cute little towns and lots of vineyards – so it was love at first sight for us. Our hotel was located just up the hillside from Vevey, which made for some breathtaking views every morning. Personally, we liked Vevey the best out of all the places we visited, so it was good that we stayed so close.
A WALK IN VEVEY
Upon arrival, we explored the small streets and lakeside boardwalk of Vevey in perfect sunshine.
After checking into our hotel and settling in quickly, we continued driving to Lausanne for the remainder of the day.
Lausanne’s city center is a bit up the hill, so we first stopped by the lake (in the part of Lausanne called Ouchy) for lunch at L’Accademia and some last-minute travel planning.
To walk off our lunch, we headed up the hill to Lausanne’s cathedral to take in the views over the city roofs.
A quick change in the car had to do before a lovely dinner at Eat Me. The lighting was too dim for more photos, but it was a really really great concept – gourmet tapas style food from all continents accompanied by delicious cocktails. Need I say more? Check out their menu to see what I mean.
EXPLORING THE LAVAUX VIGNES
Ever since we adopted Cookie, we are loving long walks and hikes. Is there anything better? The Lavaux area between Lausanne and Vevey is just the place to do those, with plenty of paths featuring constant views on vignes and the lake. And to reward yourself, you can head to Lavaux Vinorama afterwards to try some of the local wines. I couldn’t have dreamt it up any better.
EASY GOURMET DINNER IN VEVEY
For one casual date night, my love chose “Ze Fork” in Vevey for its creative cuisine and pretty outside terrace. The latter we couldn’t use due to a thunderstorm, but the interior turned out to be just as charming.
PICTURESQUE LAKESIDE VIEWS IN MONTREUX
We currently prefer small cafés and brunch places to overfilled hotel buffets, so we didn’t book a room with breakfast included. Instead, we tried this little charm (found via Foursquare) in Montreux, and it was so worth it!
After breakfast, we started our walk along the lakeside towards Chateau de Chillon, apparently Switzerland’s most-visited historic site. We were lucky that we missed the crowds by about two months, so it was a beautiful stroll to the castle. The boardwalk is also known as the “flower path”, and you can see why.
It’s gorgeous! Unfortunately, no dogs allowed inside, so we couldn’t visit.
TERRACE DRINKS & PUB DINNER
Before dinner, we made use of our hotel’s terrace and enjoyed a glass of local rosé and some sunshine. Pictures don’t even do that view justice.
After, we headed to Vevey for some easy-going pub-style dinner with beer at a place called “Non-Stop“. A nice alternative to all the “classic” restaurants! We loved it, not only for the vibes and music but because the burgers were actually amazing (you have to choose between about 30 of them, each one mouthwatering).
GRUYÈRE (WHERE THE CHEESE IS FROM)
On our way back to Zurich, we decided to take a detour and make it a road trip. First stop: Gruyère! I’ve always wanted to visit the place where my favorite Swiss cheese comes from, and of course we brought some home with us. And even if you don’t love cheese (a.k.a. you’re either an alien or you’ve never tried true Swiss cheese), you’ll like the castle.
LUNCH IN THUN
We also stopped in Gstaad, but nothing to see there in-between winter (ski) and summer season. Our last stop before Zurich: Thun, a small and pretty city close to Bern. It’s very Swiss and worth a day trip.
For lunch, we tried “Waisenhaus” – and in line with the previous days, we got very lucky. The food on this trip was a winner!
SUNDAY DINNER MADE OF SOUVENIRS
Even the most beautiful of weekends must come to an end, but it’s not that tough when you are greeted by the prettiest of sunsets when you arrive back home and you get to feast on the cheese and wine you brought from your trip. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to the gym…