The sociable kind

"It is the encounters with people that make life worth living." - Guy de Maupassant

In gir par cantin (winery tour)

Organised bike ride (bicycles included)

Would you like to know more about the food and drink of Ticino? How about going on a tour of several local wineries, and, more than that: you taste wines made with the different grape varieties grown in this regional terrain. They are accompanied by carefully selected local produce that exemplifies the culinary specialities of the Locarno area. With so many fantastic bakeries and cake shops, coffee roasting businesses and others in this region, we also offer the opportunity for all kinds of special visits that can truly be called "gourmet stops".

Tours available from mid-April to mid-October, 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Price CHF 79.00 per person  | Min./max. no. of participants: 6 / 12

Meeting place: Locarno-Muralto SBB station
From the hotel take bus no. 316 to Locarno-Muralto SBB station

Terreni alla Maggia

A typical Ticino farm growing rice, polenta, wine and much more.

This tour gives you the chance to get to know an authentic local farm at first hand. Stroll through our green fields and picturesque vineyards and explore our wine cellars. During a tasting session, you learn all about our production methods and enjoy some local specialities from Terreni alla Maggia

The tasting is accompanied by a light snack.

Price for tasting 4 wines with Ticino bread, alpine cheese and salametto: CHF 29.00.

Booking essential (4-7 days in advance)

From the hotel take bus no. 316 to Ascona San Materno and continue on foot (15 minutes). Can be reached by car in 10 minutes.


Address: Via Muraccio 111, 6612 Ascona

Ticino lifestyle Apericena

The people of Ticino and Italians in general love eating out so much that they are always looking for new places to meet up and eat together. And so the "apericena" was born: a combination of aperitif and dinner (cena).

It's like having your own wine cellar, if only for one evening: book our gourmet corner exclusively for you and your friends. You'll enjoy a selection of carefully chosen cold Ticino specialities and a wine of your choice from our Brissago wine collection. A light and informal alternative to a traditional dinner.

Price per person CHF 55.00 incl. water, wine, coffee and dessert.

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Bike and wine

Experience Lake Maggiore as never before! This is an interesting and varied way to spend a memorable day entirely devoted to nature, exercise, good food and excellent wine. Explore the region between Tenero, Gordola and Locarno by bike.

Bike ride between Tenero and Gordola, guided tour of the "Al Saliciolo" farm and winery, Ticino-style lunch, continue along the shores of the lake and along the beautiful panoramic Rivapiana road, afternoon snack at the Al Porto Café Lago in Locarno, visit to the historic Matasci winemakers, one of the leading wine producers in Ticino, with tasting.

From the hotel take bus no. 316 to Locarno station and then take the S20 train to Tenero.

Every Friday from mid-April – mid-October

CHF 75.00 per person

Fly a helicopter!

After an introduction to the theory, you climb into the cockpit where the instructor explains the main instruments and controls to you. After clearance for take-off from the control tower, you depart from Mother Earth, fly to some landing sites and practise hovering. The instructor will be happy to demonstrate other exciting manoeuvres and give you an insight into the various aspects of flying a helicopter.

40 minutes in a Cabri G2 helicopter, age 12 and over  CHF 480.00

When you book, we need the following information: First name, last name, address and email address.

Preferred flight time: morning or afternoon

How long you are staying: If a flight is not possible due to bad weather, we will suggest alternative days to you.

Departure point and helicopter base
Swiss Helicopter SA – Ticino
Via Aeroporto 17, CH-6596 Gordola
T +41 (0)91 745 44 88, ticino@swisshelicopter.ch

Can be reached from the hotel in 20 minutes by car. Car parking is available