Freitag, 27. April 2018

Join Alpen Schatz at the Bernese National Specialty in Sturbridge, MA

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and our event specials!

It is a FREE event and


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Donnerstag, 12. April 2018

Alpen Schatz made the Headlines: Old World Styles Mean Modern Day Sales

Alpen Schatz was recently featured as a headline in our local Newspaper, 
The (Telluride) Daily Planet:

Alpen Schatz Swiss Collars today
It talks about our unique handcrafted Swiss Collars which have been made for over 250 years in the heart of the Swiss Alps - however which are just as popular today as they were back then!

Check out the article HERE

200 Year Old Alpen Schatz Swiss Collar


to check them out! 

Dienstag, 10. April 2018

ALPEN TRAVEL TIPS: Victorian Charm in the Heart of Oxford

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I have recently acquired a beautifully renovated Victorian home in the heart of Oxford, England - my old home town. When not there myself, I will be sharing my home as a unique holiday rental on AirBnB. I hope my Alpen Schatz travel enthusiasts will take advantage of staying there whilst traveling abroad.


It is light and airy 

 with many new furnishings offering modern luxury mixed with old world charm.

A fully equipped kitchen for cooking at home.

 I have decorated it with my favourite antiques, such as a Victorian dinner gong, and beautiful classic art to give it that homey feel.

 Some features are its claw foot tub in the master bedroom

 and a beautiful dining room in which to entertain.

 There are three bedrooms, two Kings and one double, all furnished with comfy mattresses and soft luxurious bedding.

The third bedroom has a Victorian fire place for extra charm

and french doors leading to a private deck
overlooking my secluded back garden (yard).

 My Berner boys adorn the mantle piece.

 Sunset from the Master Bedroom overlooking the rooftops of Oxford.

 My dear English friend, Timothy and I on a visit to Divinity Road in the spring time.

Built in 1892, my period property lies a mere 15 minute walk or a 5 minute bus ride to Magdalen Bridge, which is the entrance to historical Oxford City Centre.

Magdalen College - Photo Mary Dawn DeBriae
The dreaming spires of Oxford from South Park
It is in a sought after neighborhood of Oxford, minutes away from the colorful Cowley Road with its myriad of ethnic restaurants, organic cafe's and eclectic shops.

For the nature lover, it is a short walk up to two great parks - perfect for strolling, jogging or taking a lovely picnic whilst overlooking the dreaming spires of Oxford.

Perfect for the solo traveler or couple wanting space or for a family or group of friends needing multiple bedrooms. Divinity Road is available from 2 night minimum rentals up to two months. For its size and what it offers, it is one of the best priced options for a comfortable stay in Oxford.

A spring day in Headington Park - just up the road

I hope to welcome you to my new home in the Divinity Road,
Oxford, England, some day!

Mary Dawn DeBriae

Divinity Road at Dusk
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Mittwoch, 28. März 2018


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Dienstag, 27. Februar 2018

ENGLAND - Quintessentially Quaint in the Cotswolds

Charity Farm Manor House

MonksRetreat, Charity Farm - Stanton Village, Cotswolds

Monk's Retreat Cottage
A charming, quiet cottage situated next to a classic Cotswold farm house. With its spectacular views and great location, Monk's retreat is perfect for that idyllic Cotswold getaway vacation.

Living myself in one of Colorado's most  breathtaking towns - Telluride, Colorado - and frequenting my other home in bustling Oxford, England (Check it out!), I often like to begin or end my holiday visiting Oxford in a more tranquil setting, with lovely country walks right out my door.

View over Stanton Village from the Cottage and Charity Farm
On my second visit  already in a year, Monk's Retreat is perfect for all my needs. Easy to get to and not much more than an hour's drive from Oxford, one is transported to a sleepy part of the Cotswolds many have never yet discovered. 

Cottage bench and table with stunning views
Only four miles away from the famed Broadway Tower, many never venture further afield to discover this charming area tucked away amongst rolling hills, woods and fields.

Quiet lane leading up to Charity Farm and the Cottage
View from Cottage

Sounds remote? Not really. The cottage is located down a picturesque lane on a lovely country farm, yet is actually in one of the Cotswold's most lovely and un-spoilt 17th century villages called Stanton

The Cotswold Way

Right out the cottage door one has a plethora of delightful Costwold walks from which to choose, including the famed Cotswold Way and many other walks leading to other charming villages such as Snowshill with it's famed Lavender Farm and Manor House.
Snowshill on the horizon

Belas Knap - A 5800 year old Neolithic Tomb
The delightful village of Winchcombe is also not far away with it's lovely castle to explore and many more Cotswold walks out to Hailes Abbey or up to the Cotswolds hightest hill (Cleeve Hill) on which sits a well preserved Neolithic Long Barrow or Tomb: Belas Knap.

Upon arrival, Valerie, her farming hubby, John, and their sweet black lab, Ember, welcome me warmly.

The locals :)
It is here, I find my inner peace and "self" again. 

Nature has always been my tonic, and to awaken to the birds chirping and the baby lambs calling out for their a dream.

Charming living room

I add my own flowers
for that personal touch.

The cottage is thoughtfully furnished, very clean, and has that homey, warm feeling of wanting to settle in immediately. 

Bread, Tea, Coffee

Well appointed for self catering, I can get up and fix breakfast when I decide to leisurely arise - on no one's agenda!

Indeed, Valerie thoughtfully provides a starter kit of milk, juice, tea, coffee, butter and a basket of lovely bread, granola and jam to get one started. 

Well appointed "farm house" kitchen
Bed hidden away
in an open loft

After a great night's rest on a very comfortable bed, I can have a bit of breakfast and then quite refreshed, embark on a walk or ramble across fields and fell to explore neighboring Cotswold villages.

Comfy bed in the loft

Spacious bathroom with large tub
As a final bonus - after a long day's adventuring around the countryside and a warm bath to soothe the feet, Monk's Retreat is located just steps away from one of the region's best pubs, The Mount Inn, with fantastic home made (gourmet) food and spectacular views on a clear night.
The Mount Inn Gastro Pub

Homemade Venison Pie

Following yesterday's 12.5km (8 mile) hike, I chose their hearty home cooked Venison Pie, which was accompanied with boiled potatoes and an amazing, revitalizing dish of fresh veggies. Yum!

I shall make a separate review of this fabulous restaurant at a later time! But if you are in the area, please do stop in for a great lunch or dinner.

So, for now, off on a new day's adventure in this magical area!


Thank you for having me back Charity Farm! This shall not be the last time you see me!

You can make reservations directly with Valerie through their WEBSITE

Enjoy your stay!

Montag, 5. Februar 2018

STOP PRESS! Nordstrom Collaborates with Alpen Schatz

Known for over 14 years in the quintessential small town of Telluride, Colorado, as the one and only "Alpine Lifestyle" boutique: Alpen Schatz, has unbeknownst to most, continued to gain the attention of national big time names.

Nordstrom, the luxury  North American department store chain, recently signed a contract with Alpen Schatz to feature its iconic SwissDog Collars in a "Year of the Dog" promotion in their Pop-In@Nordstrom campaign, which is launching on February 16, 2018. Norstrom will be carrying three sizes: a 14" and 17" Small Red or Black Contemporary Collar and a 21" Medium Red or Black Contemporary collar.

The campaign is targeted at select Nordstrom locations across North America. The featured locations to be carrying Alpen Schatz Swiss Dog Collars are: Downtown Seattle (WA), Bellevue Square (WA), The Grove (Los Angeles, CA), South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA), North Park (Dallas, TX), Michigan Ave (Chicago, IL), Vancourver (B.C.), Toronto (ON), and

The world's oldest dog collar, made in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Alpen Schatz collars are handcrafted from Organic Swiss cow leather and adorned with special Alpine brass or silver medallions which will never tarnish nor rust (saltwater an exception). 

These collars will last the lifetime+ of the life of one's precious pup, and due to their organic nature, will only get softer and more luxurious over  time. The regal Alpen Schatz collars have adorned European pups for centuries, to include the royal canines of European Kings, Queens  and Gentry. They are the "crowning jewel" of anyone's beloved pup who has the privilege of wearing one.

Other well known establishments of note who purchase the Alpen Schatz brand of Swiss Collars and Cowbells regularly are: AMAZON.COM, the US National Ski & Snowboard Association, the New York Stock Exchange, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Gorsuch (Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen), Big White Ski Resort, Bernina of Switzerland, the North Eastern HS Ski Championships, and many more.

In addition to providing corporate entities, Alpen Schatz sells its Swiss collars and cowbells along with its other fine European brands (HUNTER and LaCinopelca) to many wholesale accounts around the country. Some of these include, "To Wag For” (Santa Monica, CA), Tails in the City (Chicago, IL), Canine Styles (NYC) - and the list goes on.

Alpen Schatz has participated in the famed WestminsterDog Show for over 8 years, being invited repeatedly by the Westminster Dog Club as the exclusive Vendor of European collars and leashes at the show. 

It also participates annually in the World's largest Pet Tradeshow, the SUPERZOO in Las Vegas, where it sells to the pet industry. In addition, Alpen Schatz ships it's fine pet products to a world-wide audience through its well established website:

In a nutshell, this Telluride, literally "underground" institution, (Alpen Schatz is located down a set of steps), serves a much larger audience nationwide (& worldwide) than most know about!

“We are thrilled to have discovered this niche which has been crying out for such beautifully handcrafted leather products. 

The Swiss crafted collars, cow bells and leashes maintain popularity in Europe and around the world, with its long tradition of over 250 years of existence due to the fine quality and classic beauty of the product.

It is truly exciting to be working with Nordstrom, Amazon and many others to make our brand available to a much wider audience.”, said Mary Dawn DeBriae, Founder & Owner of Alpen Schatz.


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