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An Idyllic Inn in Sweden, Archipelago Edition

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 18, 2014 01:17 AM
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by Julie Carlson last modified Jun 17, 2014

To be filed under: always rely on the advice of locals when traveling. My husband and I (children in tow) spent a summer vacation in Sweden a few years ago. Our first instinct was to contact our Stockholm friends Martha and Anders for ideas: where to stay, what to do, where to eat, etc. I'll always be grateful to them for insisting we take a ferry to Grinda, a small island in the north Baltic Sea archipelago (a two-hour trip from the center of Stockholm), for a hike through the forest followed by lunch at Grinda Wardshus. Since our visit, the restaurant has been gathering steam: owner Jan Pfister is on a mission to "elevate the cuisine of the archipelago" and it's been written up in Conde Nast Traveler , the Financial Times , and so on. I'm plotting a return visit. Photos courtesy of Grinda Wardshus unless otherwise noted. Above: Henrik Santesson, the first chairman of the Nobel Foundation, bought the island in 1906 and built the Art Nouveau villa as his summer house in 1995. Above: Straight out of Bergman: the terrace overlooking the Baltic sea. Above: The moody wood-paneled reception hall. Above: Even in summer, a fire is lit. Above: A candle illuminates the restaurant concierge desk. Above: The pale, sunlit dining room; photo by Gentl & Hyers for Conde Nast Traveler . Above: Candles illuminate the dining room, even during daylight. Above: A simple, spartan guest room. Above: Built-in daybeds. More Stories from Remodelista Pin to Win: Remodelista in Las Vegas Giveaway Great Dane: Hotel SP34 in Copenhagen The Mill: A "Bright and Messy" SF Cafe






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