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I’m All the Way Up {Postcards from Mount Pilatus}

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For our second day in Lucerne, we took a day trip to Mount Pilatus. Many visitors take the Golden Roundtrip which includes a cogwheel railway (the steepest in the world!), a panoramic gondola, and a boat ride. We opted to just take the cogwheel train roundtrip (the line was much shorter, and we were guaranteed a seat the entire time). I highly recommend making the trek if you can. We spent about 2 hours up top, including lunch on the outdoor terrace at Panorama Grill. The views were stunning beyond belief, so I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland
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1st Stop Lucerne {A Switzerland Roadtrip Diary}

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First things, first – Below is a quick look at what I wore during this portion of our trip.

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Outfit 1: J. CREW Dress, FOREVER 21 Boater Hat, RALPH LAUREN Bag, MARC FISHER Espadrilles
Outfit 2: DRAKE’S x J. CREW DressRALPH LAUREN Bag, COLE HAAN Loafers
Outfit 3: NORTH FACE Jacket, UNIQLO Top & Leggings, LONGCHAMP Backpack, K. SWISS Sneakers

Over the past few years, Eric and I have developed a love for road trips. We’ve let the wind run through our hair along the Pacific Coast Highway, peeped the fall foliage up and down the New England Coast, and zipped our way along the stunning shores of Oahu. We recently returned from our most epic adventure yet… a road trip through Switzerland!

We covered A LOT of ground in the two weeks while we were there, and I can’t wait to share our journey with you over the next couple of weeks… starting with our first stop: Lucerne!

Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland

We flew into Zurich (for just $370 roundtrip from NYC – thank you Hopper.com!), picked up our rental car from the airport and made a beeline to Meggen (a quiet suburb of Lucerne) where we booked a two-night stay at La Tortuga. This was our first time staying at a bed and breakfast, and it was such a delightful experience that I hope to make into a habit when traveling from now on. The house and grounds were absolutely gorgeous – picture an indoor swimming pool, wet and dry saunas, and a panoramic view of the surrounding lakes and mountains. Our hosts were extremely gracious and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable.

Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland

This is the view we enjoyed from our patio where we enjoyed a fresh, organic breakfast each morning. Not bad, right?!

Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland
Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland

Determined to fight our jet lag, we decided to head into the city to stretch our legs for a few hours and enjoy dinner. From our research, we knew that the city was very walkable. So we left the car behind and hopped the local bus into Lucerne where we were dropped off right in front of the train station.
Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland

Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland
Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland

Right away we spotted one of Lucerne’s most iconic landmarks, the Kapellbrücke (or covered bridge). We took a leisurely (and romantic) stroll across while stopping to take in the artwork (and snap a few photos) along the way. Once you’re across the bridge, there are tons of restaurants along the River Reuss to choose from. After briefly consulting Yelp reviews, we wound up at Hotel des Alpes which did not disappoint. After an early dinner, we continued exploring the Old Town before heading back to our room for a good night’s sleep.

Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland
Travel Itinerary - Luzern Switzerland

Like most cities in Switzerland, Lucerne is pretty compact and most landmarks can be covered in a day or two. Below is the route we took with must-see sites marked along the way…

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3 Jaw-Dropping Fall Foliage Escapes from NYC!

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Hey Peeps!

The days are rapidly getting shorter, and I’m gearing up for my favorite time of year – FALL!

Besides celebrating my birthday and breaking out my favorite sweaters and boots, what I look forward to the most each autumn is watching the gorgeous fall foliage displays we get up here in the Northeast. It’s enough to make even a city-slicker like me want to break out my hiking boots and head for the hills. And that’s why I’ve rounded up my favorite leaf-peeping treks outside of New York City.

1. Circle Line Cruise to Bear Mountain

For the past two years, we’ve hopped on a Circle Line Cruise and sailed our way up to Bear Mountain to celebrate Oktoberfest. The scenic ride along the Hudson River is so peaceful as you get to enjoy 360-degree views of the leaves changing along the Palisades. And the best part is that you can also guzzle all the beer you want to help wash down your bratwurst and pretzels since your transportation back to the city is already taken care of.

2. Adirondack Train to Montreal

This trip has been on my bucket list for a while, and I’m hoping to finally cross it off this season. The #69 Adirondack Amtrak is named one of the Top 10 most scenic routes in the world! The train leaves from Penn Station and whisks passengers away on a 10-hour journey to Montreal. Just be sure you’re one of the first passengers to scurry off the train in Albany to nab a seat on the special Dome Car that offers stunning panoramic views. Once you reach Montreal, stick around for a night or two to soak up a bit of romantic French-flair before heading back to the city.


3. Road Trip to the Finger Lakes Region

If a good old-fashioned road trip is more your speed, then might I suggest heading up to the Finger Lakes region and following the Wine & Cheese Trail for your leaf-peeping pleasure? We did this for my birthday one year, and it was absolutely spectacular. There’s so much to see and explore during the drive to that area, including Watkins Glen, the Corning Glass Museum, Cornell University and more. It’s a trip worth taking even without the foliage – but that’s absolutely breathtaking too!

And there you have it folks – my top 3 fall foliage escapes from New York City.

Happy Leaf-Peeping!

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