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St. Moritz

By Brigette Hasbron

St. Moritz is “…Europe's most secretive and storied ski town.’

~ Heidi Mitchell

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r o m h i ke s w i t h j a w- d r o p p i n g panoramic views in the Alp Mountains to a surreal overnight stay in an authentic palace and a farm-to-table buffet in the forest, my Swiss adventure in the glamorous town of St. Moritz was nothing short of spectacular. Located 5,910 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level, St. Moritz is a lavish alpine resort town in the heart of Switzerland's Engadin Valley. Popular for its downhill skiing, this posh town has much more to offer as I discovered during my summer getaway.

A Perfect Swiss Afternoon Being a moderate hiker, I have always been captivated by the sheer vastness of the Swiss Alps. Now, here I was in St. Moritz with this majestic mountain range within my grasp. So, I took the red funicular up into the clouds to Muottas Muragi, a Swiss summit that overlooks the Engadin Valley between the towns of Samedan, St. Moritz and Pontresina. There are very few words that can do justice and adequately explain the feeling of elation 56

that overcame me when I first witnessed the panoramic beauty of these magnificent peaks—they are bewitchingly beautiful! And, leave it to the lovely citizens of Switzerland to not only build stunning hotels amongst these mountains, but to also offer several delicious eateries along the way. These are so convenient especially when a hiking break is sorely needed. As I was trying to gain my breath on this hike, I stumbled across the alpine hut, Languard. This ended up being the perfect place to indulge and take pleasure in traditional Swiss dishes and tasty libations. The views combined with the authentic meal made this hiking adventure the very embodiment of the ultimate Swiss afternoon.

A Little Rest and Relaxation For some laidback urban exploration, I discovered the main street in St. Moritz, the beautiful and uberchic Via Serlas. This retail therapy hotspot is perfect for taking in a glimpse of what affluent visitors and locals alike do when they are not hiking, golfing, or sailing. Synonymous with Rodeo Drive in Los

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