A bright spot on a rainy day is something to be treasured. While traveling in Germany has been great, I can’t say the same for the weather. We left the Black Forest on the third day of our stay with the sun poking in and out of the clouds. We stopped at a wonderful town park that was decorated for the season. Talk about something to put a smile on your face and give a bright spot to the day. I loved the imagination that went into the exhibits.
After a quick stop in the colorful medieval town of Meersburg, we headed for our destination for the next two days, Lindau. It is located in one of Europe’s most beautiful regions, on Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) where Germany, Austria and Switzerland meet. The area around the Bavarian town of Lindau is known for fruit growing…apples, plums, and cherries and well as vineyards. The town itself is made up of two parts, one being the mainland and the other an island connected by a causeway.
On our first visit to this area, we stayed on the island. For this visit, we were staying high above the lake at the Relais & Chateaux hotel Villino. It is a small country style Italian villa that is known for its 1 star Michelin Restaurant where the owner Reiner Fischer is the chef. His wife Sonja runs the front of the hotel and warmly greeted us in the colorful lobby as our luggage was swiftly unloaded and taken to our room.
We had a lovely room called Limonaia that had a sitting room with a balcony looking out onto the gardens and an apple orchard.
The bedroom had a large skylight where you could view the stars at night if only it hadn’t been teeming rain. A large bathroom full of candles completed our suite. I could see that the hotel was going to be the bright spot of our stay in Lindau as it never stopped raining.
Dinner in the beautiful dining room was a romantic affair with a seven course meal that was superb. I know why Michelin has awarded the restaurant with a star.
Each course of the meal was light and imaginative…combining the flavors of Asia and Italy that went so well together. Here are a few of the courses.
After a meal like this, the pouring rain outside didn’t seem to be so bad. All we had to do was climb the stairs up to our room for the night.
The next morning we have a nice breakfast in the dining room before heading out to discover some of the other towns in the area. Unfortunately, it was raining so hard that after several hours of driving in the pouring rain we headed back to Villino. After the damp day, it was nice to enjoy the hotel’s lovely little spa that took the chill out of our bodies. Yes…I’m so happy that we stayed at the colorful little villa that had such lovely amenities, wonderful food and great hospitality. It was certainly a bright spot on an otherwise dreary visit to Lindau.