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Your Ultimate Guide to Autumn and Winter Retreats by Plinius Homes

Taking it Slow

As the weather cools down and autumn settles in, I notice myself slowing down too. I spend my afternoons making warm bean stews and baking crusty loaves of bread. I also dig out my cozy knitted clothes from the back of the wardrobe. Autumn naturally slows things down—a time to shift gears and hunker down

If there's a place where this unhurried pace meets unparalleled luxury, it's the Dolomites. Nestled in the heart of these majestic mountains, autumn and winter unfold as a celebration of serene moments. Picture yourself wrapped in the soft embrace of a warm spa robe, savoring the delicate aroma of alpine herbs. The Dolomites, with their luxurious spas and wellness retreats, offer the perfect sanctuary to unwind and immerse yourself in the beauty of the changing seasons.

Imagine stepping into a world where every element is curated to enhance your sense of well-being. From panoramic views of snow-kissed peaks to the soothing touch of expertly crafted spa treatments, the Dolomites provide an idyllic backdrop for a tranquil escape. After a day of crisp mountain air, what could be more inviting than slipping into the warmth of a bubbling hot tub or enjoying a rejuvenating sauna session?

In the Dolomites, the slower pace of autumn and winter is not just embraced; it's elevated to an art form. Whether you're wrapped in a plush robe, sipping on a cup of herbal tea, or indulging in a pampering spa experience, each moment becomes a celebration of relaxation and refined living. As the outside world slows down, the Dolomites invite you to immerse yourself in a cocoon of comfort, where time seems to stand still, and every breath is an affirmation of well-deserved tranquility.

We at Plinius embrace this art of Slow living and have selected our favorite autumn and winter addresses for you.

N° 025 | Local village life in the Camelico Valley

Venture beyond the pristine resorts and take a detour into the heart of Dolomitic authenticity. Nestled in the Comelico Valley is the hidden gem of Dosoledo—a secluded mountain village that unveils a captivating piece of living history. The charming old farmhouse, with roots tracing back to 1807, stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of this remote Comelico valley.

As you step into the village, away from the well-trodden paths, you become a silent observer of the quiet daily life of the mountain villagers. Here, in the embrace of the Dolomites, you're not just a visitor; you're a participant in a living narrative of authentic experiences. Nature unfolds its majesty alongside the genuine warmth of the local people, inviting you to rediscover the magic of a bygone era.

After a day of snowy adventures, retreat to the cozy house to unwind. Enjoy the simple pleasures – dive into your favorite book, whip up a heartwarming meal, and indulge in a soothing bath. It's the perfect way to end the day in the warmth and comfort of your Dolomite retreat.

Go here to book your stay as a local in the Comelico Valley

N° 028 | Inspired by Oscar Niemeyer

We move a little bit towards the east, where we'll find ourselves in a glass oasis inspired by Oscar Niemeyer. Through the expansive glass facade, the property transforms into a stage for a dramatic and breathtaking natural spectacle. It's like having a front-row seat to the wonders of nature, all from the warmth and comfort of your own home. 

“The architect views Freiform as a space to observe the landscape in widescreen format, much like watching a captivating film:  the hues of autumn or the sound of the wind and the first snow. ” Here you gaze for hours over the Tinne Valley and the majestic mountains, where the boundaries between nature and living space dissolve.

The property stands as a homage to the legendary Oscar Niemeyer, celebrating the artistry and innovation that defines his architectural legacy. Each corner echoes the spirit of Niemeyer's genius, creating a living space that is both functional and a work of art.

Embracing the winter charm, the property becomes an ideal retreat for natural-track sledding. Imagine gliding down the slopes with Martin, not only the architect but also the world champion and gracious host of the guesthouse. It's a unique opportunity to experience the thrill of winter sports surrounded by the stunning South Tyrolean landscape.

Want to enjoy the endless views over the Tinne Valley book your stay here

N°56 | Luxury retreat in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo stands as a jewel among mountain retreats. Renowned for its breathtaking alpine scenery, this charming town has long been a magnet for winter sports enthusiasts and those seeking the perfect blend of luxury and natural beauty. Cortina's allure extends beyond its snow-covered slopes, with vibrant cultural offerings, exquisite dining experiences, and a timeless charm that captivates visitors throughout the year. It's against this backdrop that our luxurious design chalet unfolds—a secluded haven just a short drive away.

Indulging in your well-being, our Chalet unfolds its charm with a dedicated private spa area. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of a Finnish sauna, luxuriate in the whirlpool bath, and unwind in the hammam—a sanctuary crafted for your pampering and sensory rejuvenation. As our esteemed guest, you'll also enjoy access to the exceptional amenities at Dolomiti Lodge. Dive into the warmth of a heated swimming pool, stay active in the fully-equipped gym, and savor culinary delights in the delightful restaurant.

Discover the epitome of comfort, style, and relaxation within the embrace of our Chalet. Enveloped by the enchanting beauty of the Dolomites, craft unforgettable memories in this extraordinary mountain retreat. Book here

N°61 | something out of a fairytale

Lastly, we move to a magical place: Picture yourself by the crackling fireplace, a glass of fine South Tyrolean wine in hand, as the warmth of the flames dances upon the carefully chosen decor. Beyond the windows, the Dolomites stand proud, their peaks a testament to nature's grandeur, visible from every vantage point within the farmhouse.

In the morning, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee intertwines with the crisp mountain air, inviting you to step onto the terrace and bask in the glory of the sunrise. The day unfolds with possibilities—perhaps a stroll through the nearby alpine meadows or a drive through the winding roads that reveal hidden gems of South Tyrol.

This is not just a farmhouse; it is a living canvas where past and present brush against each other, leaving an indelible mark on those who have the privilege to experience its embrace. It is a sanctuary where the soul of South Tyrol whispers its tales, and where every moment becomes a chapter in the captivating story.

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To find out all our favorite places in the Dolomites, check out our guide here

Shari Wijnhoud