Monday, September 22, 2014

Dolomites Trip Part 3: Cortina D'Ampezzo

A.k.a. the place we went when we weren't hiking.

As I mentioned before, our trip was one day of down time, 5 days of hiking, another half day of downtime, 3 days of via ferrata, then a final day of non-hiking time. At the beginning, middle, and end of the trip, we were located in the same hotel. Our home base was Hotel Beppe Sello in Cortina D'Ampezzo. Cortina is a cute city in the heart of the Dolomites. They held the 1956 Olympics there! It is definitely a ski/tourist town, with a cute main street/pedestrian walkway. We stayed in a hotel a little off the main drag. Beppe Sello was... interesting. The workers were quite nice. They take your passport for the duration of the stay, which I thought was a little odd.

The rooms were cute. Most everything in Italy was wood, and felt very alpine. It also all felt very small. The bathroom was decent (no picture) although, consistently, we did not have quite enough towels or enough towel space. Also, you can't control the temperature in your room. The rooms have radiators, but we couldn't turn ours on. Not a huge deal, but I guess we get spoiled in our individually climate-controlled rooms in the US.

Not a ton of room. Spoiler alert: the rooms only got smaller!
The hotel was on a side street, from a pedestrian point of view, but a fairly heavily traveled vehicle road. 
The view from our window. The gorgeous Dolomiti.

On our first day, we wandered around Cortina until we got hungry. We were trying to eat at an odd hour, so our choices were a bit limited. This place had a Welcome sign in English, so we decided to try it out.

My mushroom pizza in the background, Nick's margarita in the foreground (note that pizza does not come pre-sliced. It's a knife-and-fork situation). Nick was in love with this pizza. So much so that he talked to our waiter about how in love he was. Our waiter was also a fan, so they bonded. It was nice.

We had breakfast at the hotel 3 times. It was where we were introduced to the traditional breakfast of yogurt and granola. They also had a nice selection of cakes/tarts at breakfast (they have a restaurant that's open for lunch and dinner). Plus, they have an adorable egg boiler that is almost identical to the one I had at home. It was nice to have that option for breakfast (although I'll discuss Italian eggs in a later post...)

Our other days in Cortina were filled with good food and walking around. It's cute and easy to get around. Plus, it has incredible views of the surrounding mountains and is conveniently located near dozens and dozens of hiking trails. It would be a nice place to base a hiking or skiing vacation if we were ever fortunate enough to make our way back to the Dolomites. 

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