Now in Gstaad - the off-season
One only need spend a few moments with our sister publication the Anzeiger von Saanen to know that we are now deep in the off-season. Not that we mind that much - we like it quiet. But with the Palace and the Bellevue closed since September, the Park under renovation since forever and even the Grand Chalet, the Steigenberger and the Alpine Lodge all closed for renovation, there really are very few quality hotels left to visit/stay (the Olden, the Bernerhof, the Ermitage Schönried, and Golfhotel Saanenmöser are notable exceptions). And now the restaurants are taking their breaks as well: Rialto is closed until December 7, the Greg Holt's Restaurant du Vanil is closed for the winter and maybe forever, the Spitzhorn is closed until November 13, the Victoria until November 9, and Arnensee and Chalberhöni are both done for the season. So few places left but with big snow flakes falling as we write, we crank up the fireplace for the first evening of the season and look forward to a white vista in the morning.