This Small Town in Italy Is Called the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’ — and It’s One of the Country’s Most Exclusive Destinations for Winter Vacations

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Let’s be honest: every place in Italy is worth visiting. If you’re already planning your next winter getaway, we recommend considering Cortina d’Ampezzo for its beautiful views, proximity to the slopes, great cuisine, and more. The town is also known for being one of the best skiing resorts in Europe. Read on to find out what you can do there and how to get a complete exclusive experience.

The Best Hotels

Known as the “Queen of the Dolomites,” this small town in Italy has great hotels to offer. The Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo is located near the center of the town. You can enjoy some personal time in the spa or have fun with your family.

If you’re visiting Cortina d’Ampezzo with your partner, the Faloria Mountain Spa Resort is the perfect resort for you. It’s often people’s favorite and ideal for people who like to explore nature. The Rosapetra Spa Resort offers a great view of the beautiful mountains in Italy but is also pretty close to the city center. It’s a small resort with only 33 rooms and 7 suites, and made of natural wood, giving it cozy vibes.

The Best Activities

If you’re a fan of skiing, you’ll definitely be impressed by the world’s largest ski circuit at Dolomiti Superski. In the summer, the place is perfect for hiking and biking in the beautiful mountain meadows.

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If you’re a beginner on the rocks, climbing via Ferrata at the Cascate di Fanes waterfall will be an exciting experience for you. The views are definitely worth seeing. Even if you’re not a sports person, you can still enjoy the views Italy has to offer. Simply take the Freccia nel Cielo cable cars up to the Cima Tofana peak. The landscape is breathtaking.

The Best Restaurants

Of course, when it comes to Italy you can’t forget the food. Tivoli is the perfect place for an exclusive Michelin-starred dining experience. Just make sure to reserve a table inside with a view.

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With its colorful but simple decor, Pontejel Bierstube Forst will make you feel as if you’re in Austria. It’s located in the center of Cortina, and people recommend trying the pretzels and platters of regional charcuterie.

The Best Shopping

If you’re into shopping, La Cooperativa di Cortina is one of the few places in Italy where you can find both products and services. You can shop for clothes, small gifts, regional crafts and foods, and so much more.

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Franz Kraler is where you can go to get a complete luxury shopping experience, finding brands like Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Versace, Moncler, and more.

The Best Time to Visit

If you’re going to Italy for skiing, we suggest booking a trip to Cortina d’Ampezzo from January to March. However, to avoid the crowds and enjoy some warm weather, you should visit during June and September.

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No matter what your reason is for visiting Italy, Cortina d’Ampezzo will have something for you. Definitely consider this town for your low-key Italian getaway.

Here’s How to Make Cowboy Butter for Any Dish

Butter makes everything taste better, and if you want to make it even more delectable, you can easily do so by adding seasonings to create flavored butter. One kind that is definitely worth trying is Cowboy Butter.

What Exactly Is Cowboy Butter?

What Exactly Is Cowboy Butter?

Cowboy butter is flavored butter upgraded with garlic, herbs, citrus, mustard, and other spices. The spicy flavors come from the combination of ingredients, and after you try it, you’ll never go back to regular butter again. There are so many dishes you can use it in, such as omelets, sauté vegetables, hot pasta, or boiled or pan-fried pierogies.

Where Does Cowboy Butter Come From?

Cowboy butter became well-known in a New York restaurant called Mr. Donahue. They would serve melted butter as a dipping sauce for meat dishes. It quickly became the star of the restaurant’s signature menu items. The place closed six years ago, and people often look for the recipe online. Below is our take on it – we hope you like it!

Ribeye Steaks With Cowboy Butter

Ribeye Steaks With Cowboy Butter


¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened 2 tsp spicy brown mustard 1 clove garlic, minced ½ tsp lemon juice ¼ tsp grated lemon zest 2 bone-in ribeye steaks, about 1 lb each ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper

Directions: To make cowboy butter, mix butter, mustard, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest and let the mixture chill. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the steaks and let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the grill to medium-high. Grill the steaks for about five minutes on each side for medium-rare or until desired doneness. Let them cool for five minutes, and top them with the butter.

How to Store the Butter Cowboy butter can last up to a month if you put it in the freezer. Wrap it up in a plastic bag and freeze the entire thing, then leave it in the fridge overnight to thaw. You can also freeze individual portions to cook with right away.