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 2 | WHERE TO STAY (Lodging)

Travel plans that include a visit to a hostel or refugio / Refugio San Croce, Dolomite Mountains, Italy (c) 2007 Ted Grellner


Hostels - I have not had the opportunity to experience a stay in a hostel but their longevity and vast number around the World speaks to their popularity with the traveler on a budget or perhaps a younger generation not yet dependent on the 4-star amenities of their parents.

 While hostels provide either full dining or facilities to cook it yourself, they also provide clean, secure lodging for our young explorers who are discovering what the World has to offer.

Refugios - I did, however, have the opportunity to eat in a number of Refugios in the Dolomite Mtns of NW Italy. These are a network of some 400 hostel-like "refuges" that may or may not have overnight accommodations for the many hikers enjoying the spectacular scenery, but all provide sustenance to the weary. They are generally in choice locations related to their scenic surroundings. Those w/accommodations must be reserved, even if done so on the day needed, to assure one of a bed that evening.

Refugio Food! - The food that we had a chance to enjoy was, in most cases (thanks to the experience of our wonderful guide, Marion) "to die for" and, of course, nothing goes down a parched throat better than a cold brew in a beautiful glass or mug emblazoned with the emblem of the brewery. There was no doubt that these refugios added immensely to the pleasure of our hiking experience in this very unique region of Italy.

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