Sonntag, 10. Oktober 2010

Alpen Schatz Celebrates Oktoberfest in Grand Junction

Alpen Schatz was fortunate enough to be invited to put an "Alpen Schatz" German booth at this year's Western Slope OKTOBERFEST in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The event took place last weekend and we had such a ball! We not only got all dolled up in our Alpine "Tracht", but many visitors to the show (as above) got their first pair of Lederhosen, Dirndl, Alpine Hat, Edelweiss Scarf, and/or Jodelling Marmot!

We were recommended to the President of the German Club in Grand Junction by Vicky and Joe Polger. Joe is a member of the "Alpine Echo" German band who plays at Alpen Schatz every year at our Noel Night Party in December.

We have posted all pictures from the event on our Flickr account. Click HERE to view the many visitors who enjoyed our booth.
There are many cute shots of our customers with their purchases! And you can see...the rosier the cheeks as the day moves into evening! The event went a whopping 12 hours, from 10am until 10pm! Enjoy!

Mary Dawn & the Alpen Schatzi's!


Montag, 5. Juli 2010

Telluride 4th of July Parade 2010

This year's Telluride 4th of Parade was a great success! We had more than 16 dogs and people all dressed-up in Alpine outfits. Smokie Bear pulled a wagon with two cute small dog fans riding in it, whilst Valentino and the other Alpen Schatz doggie fans and their people marched alongside!

With cowbells clanging and whistles piping and the odd jodel from some of our Alpen Schatzis, our colorful entry in the Telluride 4th of July Parade definately mades one feel like they were back in some small Alpine village in Switzerland or Austria.

Click HERE to join in on the fun we had!

Samstag, 5. Juni 2010

Balloon Glow party at Alpen Schatz and Pip's Consignment featuring DJ Daryl

Watch the party unfold at the Balloon Glow party at Alpen Schatz and Pip's Consignment featuring DJ Daryl. See the slide show below.


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Dienstag, 20. April 2010

Alpen Schatz to Exhibit at National Bernese Mountain Dog Specialty

May 10-15, 2010 is a very special time for Bernese lovers world-wide! It marks the 2010 National Bernese Club of America Specialty - where the creme de la creme of Bernese breeders, Bernese lovers, and of course "Berners" of all shapes and sizes, ability and talent come together to compete, have fun, and socialize at the nation's largest show for the breed.

This year the show takes place in Oconomowoc (now say that ten times fast!), Wisconsin at the beautiful Olympia Resort and the event is free to attend. At the show, one will see everything from sheep dog trials, draft (cart pulling), obedience, "freestyle" dance and of course confirmation - just like in the Westminster Dog Show - except they are all Bernese Mountaint Dogs! People get dressed up in their finest outfits, groom their dogs to the fullest and have so much fun...

Alpen Schatz has been supporting the event for almost a decade and will travel to the show with our own two Bernese, Valentino Schatz and Smokie Bear, where we will erect a small "Alpen Schatz" store for all of the Swiss dog lovers to visit!

Popular items we bring along to sell are our: Swiss Collars, Alpine Dog Kegs, Swiss Cow Bells, Alpine Jewelry, German Alpine Hats, Lederhosen, Dirndl's and much more!

So if you live in the area, come and visit us...and if you don't have Bernese you can still come and enjoy the show! We look forward to seeing you!!!!

Mary Dawn, Smokie Bear and Valentino Schatz
***And our dear, dear Schlappi in spirit***

For more information in general about the Bernese Breed, visit the official web-site

Samstag, 23. Januar 2010

Alpen Schatz Outfit Alpino Vino Staff

Telluride Ski and Golf (Telski) has created quite possibly the highest Wine Bar/Bistro in the world at the top of one of it's 12,000 ft mountains in the heart of the Telluride Ski Resort. The restaurant is called Alpino Vino and is rated tops by Telluride visitors and skiers for it's fine wines and lunchtime European-style delicacies.

Telski looked to Alpen Schatz for assistance in providing it's staff with authentic German and Austrian outfits. The Manageress is sporting a trendy light blue Dirndl by Bavarian designer, Meindl, and the servers are wearing classic Giesswein boiled wool vests from Austria.

Telski CEO Dave Riley recently wrote a piece about this unique, authentic Alpine Bistro in his Blog Posting this winter (click on the link and scroll down).

We also did our own review of this stylish, Alpine Ski Restaurant when it first opened, see: Alpino Vino - a Review.

Mittwoch, 20. Januar 2010

Radio Interview with Maribeth Clemente of Travel Fun

I was recently honored with the opportunity to be interviewed by Maribeth Clemente on her radio show, "Travel Fun" which airs on Koto Radio every Tuesday. Maribeth is a long time friend and fellow Europhile , sharing the same passion for European travel and culture as I do.

Maribeth, also a resident of Telluride, Colorado, is the author of a very popular on-line Travel Blog entitled "
Bonjour Colorado" as well of a series of highly acclaimed travel books entitled "The Riches of...", focussing on her life in and love of Paris and France.

The interview covers some unique products and traditions in the German speaking countries of Europe. So, sit back, press play and enjoy our dialogue!

Big Paw Gourmet Olive Oils and Vinegars

In our never ending quest for interesting, handcrafted products we have come across a fabulous line of scrumptious Olive Oils and exquisite Balsamic Vinegars that we will be adding to our gourmet food section in our Telluride Alpen Schatz store. The company is called Big Paw Grub, and for all of my dog loving followers their story of why they are called BIG PAW is worth reading.

"A Big Paw Story", by the founders of BIG PAW GRUB:

"What does a “big paw” have to do with delicious, high quality olive oil and flavored vinegars? We get that question all the time.

It all started with a great dog named Tio and what we thought would be just another terrific hike in the California highlands. When Tio (of the big paws, of course) took off after a jackrabbit and suddenly lost its scent completely, we were stumped. So was he. Turns out that crafty jackrabbit had run through a huge stand of wild sage–powerfully fragrant stuff. We picked some to take back to the campsite and started thinking. The rest is history."

Anyhow, should you be in the Telluride area please do stop in for a tasting, I guarantee, you will be walking out with a bottle or two. As a great lover and connoisseur of good Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars myself, I have to say, theirs rates some of the best I have ever experienced - world-wide! For starters, try out their Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar...dark, smooth, big, sweet and rich....just like a prize winning Cabernet or is hard to be equaled!

Welcome BIG PAWS to Alpen Schatz!

For more info check out their brochure below (or download it here):