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Old Jan 15th, 2009, 12:43 PM
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Liebe gruezi,

It is indeed a long cablecar ride (maybe 10 minutes), taking you up almost 4000 feet in elevation. And it is higher than the treetops, so I guess it would be quite difficult for you.

It is not crazy---my sister has trouble with these too, and I did at first, but we go with our kids and must look brave!!!

Stoos probably isn't a good choice either---reached by a very steep funicular. (those bother me more than cablecars do).

So maybe it is back to Wengen for you. Certainly nothing wrong with that.
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Old Jan 15th, 2009, 01:43 PM
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Thanks for helping me with the details. I think I will go back to Schuler's list with Guarda and Arosa and see if I can even find a room.

Your two suggestions sound so nice though... Maybe worth a valium to get up there

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Old Jan 15th, 2009, 11:14 PM
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Hello Gruezi,

Speaking of Arosa, here are some events on Jan. 24/25 that might be enticing:

- Jan. 25: horseracing on the ice

- Jan. 24: Curling Schiesshorn Cup

- Fondue Chiniose Buffet in Hotel Astoria

- Daily live music and apres ski at Restaurant Postli

- List of restaurants and ski huts with their specialities:

- walking in Arosa: http://www.arosabergbahnen.com/winteraktiv.html

Just some food for thought!

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Old Jan 18th, 2009, 01:39 AM
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Schuler - Thanks for all the Arosa links!!

I've written a note to a few places in Arosa and the Hotel Meissner in Guarda and depending who has a room that will make my decision for next weekend.

I went to Engelberg and on up to Trübsee on Friday for some snowshowing and fondue at the Igloo Village there. It was a gorgeous day and great fun. Google "Igloo Village Engelberg" if you are interested.

Thanks everyone for your help and great ideas!

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Old Jan 18th, 2009, 09:48 AM
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Hotel Meissner in Guarda it is!

Thanks everyone and of course I'll write a little report back.

The photos of Guarda look wonderful and it sounds perfect for me as it's not a skiing village per se. Plus no dramatic cable car for my heights issue.

It is about 3 hours from Zurich by train for anyone interested to know. The hotel has a pickup service if the hourly post bus is not running near the time of arrival.

Already dreaming of fondue and hopefully mountain sunshine!

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Old Jan 25th, 2009, 07:39 AM
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Just wanted to say...

Just back from my weekend in Guarda at the Hotel Meisser. I had a lovely weekend and was very taken by this special and charming village. Guarda is a must see IMO, but let's hope not too many people feel that way!! I believe it has been designated as a UNESCO or some other preservation group site, so that may be good or bad...

First day, I had an hour walk to Lanvin, pretty walk, didn't love Lanvin.

Also walked to Ardes which I really liked. Very charming and there is a beautiful church in the center of town that just was wonderfully spiritual - sign welcomed visitors in 4 languages to this special place to just sit for a bit in silence and contemplation.

From Ardes I walked onto Ftan. Again, a very pretty area. The walk to Ardes is about an hour and then 2 more hours on to Ftan, but it took me longer as I couldn't find the Winterwanderwegs. They are not very clearly marked.

From Ftan, I took the Post Bus down to Scuol and the train back to Guarda. I had been walking over 4 hours so there was no way I was walking back!

I had my meals at H. Meisser and the food was quite good. Breakfast was a large, typical Swiss buffet. Yogurt, cereals, breads, cheeses, fruit, eggs. Dinner was avail by 2 full menu choices or al a carte. There is a wonderful Engadiner Nuss Torte - do have it...

I also had a wonderful hot stone massage at Terra Nuova. The hotel gave me a "gutschein" for this. The massage was much needed after all the walking and absolutely divine.

Guarda was just 2 hours and 23 minutes from Zurich with one train change. A perfect weekend away and I plan to return when my friend from America visits in the beginning of March.

Any questions please just ask!


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Old Mar 1st, 2009, 10:34 AM
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Sounds wonderful. Visited Guarda last summer, and your trip report brings it all back fresh.

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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 11:41 AM
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Dear Beachtree,

Thanks for your note.

I'm actually bringing a visiting friend to Guarda this week. I hope the sun will shine!

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