Autumn is nearly here…

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Now that it is almost autumn (you can feel it coming can’t you) and our favorite time to hike, here’s a little inspiration on how to spend the perfect fall weekend. You know, the kind of weekend that begs you to get outside and marvel in all the rich, brilliant colors, all the while wearing your favorite sweater and perhaps even a little hat and scarf. Oh, my, I am excited just thinking about the season that is upon us. Giddy in fact.

So, go and enjoy a long, gorgeous autumn hike (if you need a little inspiration, our book, Fresh Air Kids Switzerland is full of lovely family-friendly ideas) followed by a delicious, mouth watering fondue. The yummy cheesy dish that fills that house with a romantic aroma that just begs you to gather around the table, drink a class of wine or cognac and enjoy deep conversations with family and friends.

Hmm…if you think that might just hit the spot, well, we have just the book for you to create your own, delicious fondues right at home. Haute Fondue was created by Jennifer and Arnaud Favre and provides delicious inspiration for a warm meal, perfect after any outdoor excursion.

Now that the inspiration has been provided, all that is left to do is lace up those hiking boots, dust off the fondue pots and enjoy the cooler temperatures. Yum!

 

 

 

Haute Fondue (deutsch)

 

Both photo credits belong to HELVETIQ. Thank you!

Family Hotel Gorfion – Malbun, Liechtenstein

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The hotel greeted us with open arms and our children immediately ran to explore their new surroundings. Nestled in a remote and peaceful valley, Family Hotel Gorfion in Malbun, Liechtenstein was exactly the type of holiday we needed as a family. The hotel knows what children and parents need in order to offer respite from the day – to – day stress that often bogs us down as we try to juggle all the demands of raising a young family.

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As the morning sun peeked out over the horizon we would slowly make our way to the outdoor playground for a morning swing, or dig before eating a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we fell into the true rhythm of the hotel and encouraged our children to play, create and explore with others in the child care, while we set off to discover the beautiful peaks that dominated the landscape. After a few hours of solo hiking, we would return to pick – up our always happy children, who were all too eager to tell us what they had done in our time away. We would then enjoy a family lunch and participate in an afternoon activity with the children. For us, the hotel offered the perfect blend of family time and the alone time we desperately needed as a couple.

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For those parents who are raising their children alone (think expat life), hotels such as the Family Hotel Gorfion might just be the perfect solution to finding the alone time you crave as a couple. This was our first mini-vacation that actually felt like a holiday, as we were able to hike as a couple, talk as adults and relish in each others company. Our time alone was enhanced by the fact that our children were able to play, meet new friends and create their own memories away from us. Children need breaks from their parents as well!

With incredible child care available onsite, amazing activities to keep our children entertained and a ton of onsite amenities, this establishment restored our faith in family hotels. To learn more about the hotel, please visit their website, but we have provided a quick overview of the amenities and services the hotel provides for families.

Rooms:

  • Small but adequate
  • Immaculate
  • Modern
  • Perfectly accommodated our family of four (small bunk beds were available with side rails for the children)
  • A small table and chairs were also in the room for the children to use for coloring, eating, etc.
  • Robes were provided for the entire family to use at the pool or spa

Facilities/Amenities:

  • A small, indoor swimming pool available onsite (our children loved this)
  • A great playground outside just by the terrace so that the parents could enjoy a drink or meal, while the children jumped on the trampoline, dug in the sand – pit, enjoyed the swings, played ping pong, or rode the many Bobbi cars available
  • Kinder Care – check website for details and hours
  • Strollers available onsite
  • Hiking Backpacks available onsite
  • Spa for adults
  • Lounge for adults
  • A common area that offered a refrigerator, washing machine and dryer and microwave oven! Amazing!

Meals:

  • Drinks available all day at children’s level so they could help themselves
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Snacks in the afternoon
  • Lunch
  • Dinner – parents can opt to eat with or without children
  • Fresh baby meals prepared daily onsite with organic and local ingredients. Parents of small children are provided with a menu to select meals from. Wow!

Needless to say, we all had a lovely time and our children were quite sad when we told them it was time to go home.

Hotel Website: https://gorfion.li/