DOLOMITES, SOUTH TYROL, ITALY, August 18, 2018 — As summer gradually yields to fall and fall morphs into winter, the ski slopes of South Tyrol near the Austrian border beckon with their seductive powdery white allure. In recognition of this magical combination ADLER Lodge ALPE is offering a “Taste of South Tyrol” culinary experience in the famed Alpi di Siusi ski region.
What could be better than blending German efficiency with Italian cuisine to create an ideal winter holiday?
The cuisine of this German/Italian-speaking region is both nuanced and surprising. Hearty cold-weather dishes such as polenta and canederli (dumplings) blend elements of German, Swiss and Austrian cooking, with more than their share of Italian sophistication.
Add in the convenience of cozy, luxurious ski-in-ski-out slopes on Italy’s largest mountain plateau and you have an unbeatable recipe for winter relaxation.
The ADLER Lodge ALPE special package
ADLER Lodge ALPE is offering a $730 per person package (based on a three- to seven-night stay) which includes:
- A tour and tasting at the Tramin winery, which is known for its Gewürztraminer
- Cheese and beer tastings to showcase locally produced specialties
- A visit with honey producer Runggaldier Werner
- A trip to David’s Goaslhof, a goat and dairy farm
- A baking lesson with ADLER Lodge ALPE pastry chef Elisa Kostner
- Activities such as hiking, yoga, mountain biking and educational botanical walks (with a focus on medicinal herbs)
Now that’s a Tyrolean sampler if ever there was one.
And then there’s the cuisine: Meet the chef
But here’s a little more food for thought. Overseeing the kitchen at ADLER Lodge ALPE is Chef Hannes Pignater, winner of a series of international awards, including the Gold Medal at the World Skills Competition in St. Gallen, Switzerland and the Silver Medal at the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.
His style is simultaneously creative and authentic, with a focus on quality produce from South Tyrol directly sourced from committed farmers. The goal, says Pignater, is “To take everyday ingredients and create something special.”
ADLER Lodge ALPE Pastry chef, Elisa Kostner, also has a unique approach for creating her mouthwatering desserts. Rooted in the traditions of the Dolomite area combined with her distinctive personal touches, Kostner explains, “I don’t think about what I want to serve, be it mousse, ice cream or a cupcake, but rather what ingredients I want to use. These could be buckwheat, dandelion, quark, chamomile or honey pollen.”
By using local ingredients, the chef’s not only support Dolomites’ farmers, but also reduce travel distances for deliveries.
The lay of the land
Luxury food and travel blog Travellers’ Places said that ADLER Lodge ALPE was “designed to radiate peace and relaxation” which is obvious from the moment guests arrive.
The hotel consists of a main building with 18 junior suites, as well as 12 private, freestanding chalets, modeled after classic mountain huts, dotted throughout the property. The main reception area is home to a 40-foot–high totem by world-famous wood sculptor, Adolf Vallazza,.
Although skiers are lured by the nearby world-famous runs during winter, each season brings an unforgettable experience all its own. Spring offers the sounds of birdsong and views of brightly colored meadows covered with wildflowers like orchids, crocuses and edelweiss.
During the lush, green summers, soft breezes and abundant sunshine make it easy to stay active all day.
And the “alpenglow”
The alpenglow is a famous autumn phenomenon that guests love to observe during cocktail hour. Just before sunset, the mountain walls begin to glow with an infectious mix of orange, red and violet hues. This unique, breathtaking display is a special time that lasts only for a few minutes, remindung guests and staff members to pause and soak in the magic.
With its setting in its own loft within the main building of ADLER Lodge ALPE, visitors also discover a hay sauna, a fitness center and windows offering panoramic views of the rolling meadows and jagged Dolomite peaks.
Eco-friendliness in all things
ADLER Lodge ALPE prides itself on being an eco-friendly property which includes strict requirements for responsible energy consumption, sustainable construction materials and an architectural design that harmonizes with surrounding landscapes.
With three sister properties in Italy, each imbued with a strong sense of place, ADLER Lodge ALPE, ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI and ADLER Spa Resort BALANCE offer mountains of opportunities for relaxation amid charming alpine settings.
Meanwhile, ADLER Spa Resort THERMAE, in Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany, is famous for its complex of naturally fed thermal baths and pools.
Despite their popularity and growth, there has always been one constant, the Sanoner family, which has owned and managed the properties for seven generations are passionate about hospitality and service.
ADLER resorts are in a class by themselves. After all the Dolomites beckon. Why not take a “peak” for yourself.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime