“Getting up to the mountains is heaven, and Gstaad is a magical place. I like to walk to the village, where I go to Charly’s coffee shop. It’s been there for years and the pastries are simply amazing, but I try to resist and go for a coffee and a ‘glow juice’, made by my friend Dianne.” Charly’s, Promenade 76, 3780 (charlys-gstaad.ch).
“I do a lot of walking and hiking. My husband Tommy and I like the long walk to Lauenen, where you follow a river trail through a fairytale forest. The views are never lost on me. Having worked up an appetite, we’ll head to the authentic, chalet-style Hotel Wildhorn, which is renowned for its decadent rösti, the traditional Swiss potato dish that is prepared every imaginable way here. I prefer the version with ham and egg, but they’re all delicious.” Hotel Wildhorn, Dorfstrasse 4, 3782 (wildhorn.ch).
“One of the best spots on a Saturday night is the Olden Hotel. Massimo, the maître d’, is fantastic and the bar has a warm, convivial feel. The restaurant is just as seductive, so we’ll stay and have my favourite spaghettini sciué sciué, a spicy tomato pasta.” Olden Hotel, Promenade 35, 3780 (hotelolden.com).
“For some culture, we’ll hike to one of the area’s art installations, such as Doug Aitken’s glass house – an incredible structure made of mirrors. After this, I often meet my sister and brother-in-law at the Sonnenhof. We’ll sit on the terrace whatever the weather, as the views are stunning. I rarely eat meat, but here they serve the steak still sizzling on a hot black stone, and it’s exceptionally good.” Restaurant Sonnenhof, Sonnenhofweg 33, 3792 (restaurantsonnenhof.ch).
“Tommy has quite a sweet tooth so we’ll pop into Délice, a cake shop run by the talented Heidi Sigrist-Wehren. She made our wedding cake and is considered a true pâtisserie queen.” Délice Café & Chocolatier, Dorfstrasse 4, 3792 Saanen (delicecafe.ch).