Lovely coffee shop on the main drag in Morzine that serves something very rare in France - iced coffee with caramel syrup in a big glass mug. Free wi-fi, muffins, bagels and a cosy atmosphere. If you're craving a large coffee and a place to chill on a comfy sofa, this is it.
Owner Mel is super friendly and keen to make you feel at home.
152 Rue de Bourg, 74110 Morzine
+33(0)9 66 84 23 36
Google map: bit.ly/M3wKAL
We stumbled upon this place when we took a wrong turn on a walk back from the funky shops on Kloof Street and ended up walking down Bree Street. A poster said there was jazz at 11 Breee Street that night so later we walked back and went up the long stairs. At the top we paid about £7 and entered a room that was decked out with a stage, fairy lights, candles and plastic chairs and tables dotted around. A small hatch in the side was the bar and we settled down for the show to start not knowing what to expect. What we got was Mike Rossi, one of the most amazing jazz saxophinists I've ever seen. The music was amazing and his sets were interspersed with Xhosa indigenous music from local musicians. Despite the horrific house wine (which was a surprise in South Africa) the evening was very special and rich. Highly, highly recommended
A lovely little Italian place off the main drag in Chamonix which does spectacular pizzas. I had the marinara which was huge and had a beautiful tomato sauce and the dough was just perfect - thin, a bit crispy, bit squidgy. Glass of perfect temperature Barbera topped it all off nicely. The other clientele ranged from gnarly looking climber types, to families and couples. Low lighting, no fuss decor and you can eat at the heavy wooden bar if you want. In a town where eating out generally leaves you broke it's good value, unpretentious and tasty.
Despite the name it's not a cafe, it's a restaurant which overlooks Blackheath and has al fresco tables if you fancy braving the British summer. Bustling and crowded without being claustrophobic, it had a great, vibrant atmosphere. Menu was dominated by steaks but there were also pizza and pasta options for veggies. I had roast lamb fillet with chimichurri sauce and spinach which was delicious. The prices were pretty reasonable for London and for the quality of the food - it came to about £25 a head including wine, starter, main and dessert.
I would definitely recommend this place. It has a lot of soul and ticks a lot of boxes - equally good for a romantic couple or group of friends
Great little place right in the middle of the Afan Forest, sandwiched between the Afan and Glyncorrwg mountain bike centres. Basic accommodation but perfect for mountainbikers with a lock-up and jet wash, not to mention a cracking breakfast and pub dinner. Lush.
This is a great place to buy ski and snowboard gear if you're heading to places like Breck, Keystone, Vail etc. It's a huge store stocked with loads of brands but the some prices are amazingly discounted. If you were planning to buy ski gear in the states anyway because of the cheaper prices, then this place is a good bet to get even better deals.
Dillon Plaza, HWY 6, next to City Market
A little way away from Keystone but there's is a ridiculously attentive bus service which makes not having a car no problem. I booked a one bedroom condo with a loft room expecting it to be compact but it was massive. The condo was serviced every day which I hadn't expected in self-catering and it had access to an outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Because of its location it was much cheaper than any place in River Run village so if you can handle the bus these condos are a great deal.
You'll find these in the small town of Kremmling, Colorado which you could drive through in about five seconds really if you felt that way inclined. But just off the main road is Hot Sulphur Springs, a spa complex based around natural springs of differing temperatures. Some are as tiny as a paddling pool, others are great rock pools and everyone is very friendly so if you can stand the heat you could stay there chatting for ages.
One warning - the smell, although you get used to it once you're there, it lingers for a spectacularly long time! Kind of worth it though as you do feel a million dollars when you leave.
Near Kremmling, about 70 miles from Denver, Colorado
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