By Courtney Roberts
For couples who love to ski, hike, or enjoy the great outdoors, there is perhaps no more ideal honeymoon destination than that of the Alps! This mountain range in Europe offers breathtaking views as well as abundant vegan food options. Visit any one of this region’s charming towns and you are sure to have an amazing honeymoon, but here are some of our recommendations to enjoy a trip that is also kind to animals and to the planet.
Stay at La Vimea, a four-star hotel that is completely vegan. The five values by which this hotel operates are “vegan, organic, sustainable, seasonal, and handmade”. Included in the price of your stay is the option to take many different classes in yoga and meditation. In order to create a relaxing atmosphere, the hotel is adults-only; no children under the age of fourteen are allowed. They also offer Ayurvedic treatments and massages. Their linens are made with 100% organic fair trade cotton, and their water heating system runs on solar power. Go for a swim in their natural bathing pond or in the indoor chlorine-free pool. This area is also excellent for biking in the mountains!
For food, you’ll never need to leave La Vimea, as the restaurant there serves an abundance of vegan foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All of their breakfast foods are free from soy, refined sugars, and wheat, and your meal comes with organic tea, locally roasted coffee, and juice. Lunch offerings include soups, sandwiches and bowls, and dinner is a five- course gourmet meal.
However, you can also find pastas and salads that can be made vegan upon request at Naturnserhof, another hotel restaurant, or at Die Bio Ecke you can purchase vegan items like tofu, seitan, plant-based yogurts, chocolates and snacks.
Moving into the Austrian Alps, you will find the charming bed and breakfast Haus 26. The owners, Bastiaan and Marieke, are passionate about skiing and vegan cooking. They offer a delicious plant-based breakfast, as well as a three course menu on multiple evenings a week, and you can also have them prepare lunch on request. As the village of Weissbriach itself is small, you will not find any specifically vegan restaurants nearby; however, Bastiaan and Marieke have made hospitality their number one priority, and can provide you with recommendations of vegan meal options in the area.
This village has activities for all seasons, including skiing, skating, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, swimming, and even paragliding! Haus 26 will offer cooking workshops beginning in the spring of 2020—so you can learn valuable vegan culinary skills that you can take home with you! If you’re looking to explore beyond the village, you can reach Lake Weissensee in fifteen minutes, or take a day trip to the three-country point where the borders of Austria, Italy, and Slovenia meet.
Moosmühle is a mill originally built around the 14th century, that in 1999 was converted into a holistic, vegan, smoke-free holiday destination. They offer full board; Breakfast includes fruit, bread that is baked in-house, jams, muesli, juice, coffee, and tea. Lunch and dinner are both three courses each. Guests have the option to partake in cooking classes, horse riding, reiki, tai chi, yoga, meditation, and various seminars.
Nearby, you can shop for vegan meat and cheese alternatives at Vegusto. Be sure to visit the fully vegan restaurant at the Hotel Swiss Die Krone. They are only open for dinner on Fridays, and brunch on the first Sunday of every month. However, there are several options at spots nearby, such as at the Swiss chain Chickeria, which has salads, roasted potatoes, falafel, and the Beyond Burger. Pepaaa&Green offers salads, sandwiches, cold and hot beverages, and cakes that can be made vegan.
Torbole sul Garda, Italy
On the north shore of Lake Garda, you’ll find accomodations at B&B La Casota, the first and only vegan bed and breakfast in Trentino. Pets are welcome, and there is even a dog beach nearby where you can bring your furry friend! Additionally, when you book your stay here, you will receive a Trentino Guest Card which allows you to travel on the bus for free. Be aware that this bed and breakfast is closed during the winter months, and reopens in May.
As for leisure activities, enjoy sailing as well as windsurfing on the lake, and you can even take lessons. The area also provides opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, free-climbing, and scuba diving. For those who are less athletically-inclined, you can also swim, sunbathe and take walks on the beach.
Veganima is a nearby restaurant serving gluten-free dishes, raw food, cakes, coffee, Ayurvedic herbal tea, and best of all—free wifi. PicNic&More will prepare you an excellent vegan pizza, panini, or salad upon request. For a sweet treat, head to Gelateria Liberty, where they offer nine different options for sorbets and ice creams made with no hydrogenated fats and no artificial coloring.
As you can see, the Alps are a perfect place to spend your vegan honeymoon. The unrivaled beauty of nature combined with top notch plant-based foods are certain to delight you and your sweetheart.
Courtney Roberts is a wedding videographer based in Southern California. Filming weddings is truly her dream job, because it combines her interest in storytelling with her passion for couples who are madly in love. She believes that empathy and connection are the basis of a meaningful life, and that veganism is an important part of that.