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Creative Travel with “Creativelena” and Creative Tourism Austria. When I heard about our group of young travel bloggers joining a creative beer-making workshop in Salzburg, I thought it was all falling into place. I just had to organise for us to continue creative travelling in Austria, exploring further interactive leisure options around the provinces of Salzburg & Tyrol. Starting with the city of Salzburg, we went south for about an hour and right into the mountains near Zell am See, to Wohlfühlhotel Tannenhof: That’s where the Belgian chef runs amazing cooking lessons, the hotel owner offers colourful painting courses, the mum felts sheep wool and local herb lady Erika reveals to us all there is to know about the healing properties of yarrow, St. John’s wort and stinging nettles: A lot more than meets the eye, we found! Come & check it out.
… making us feel like in the “Sound of Music” (I guess – I haven’t seen it – yet!) and simply enjoying our every minute. A mountain summer dream come true – even for an Austrian like myself!
Travel blogger Susi (aka “Black Dots White Spots“) gets dreamy eyes and has childhood memories rushing back at her. Johannes (“Just Travelous“) is simply there smiling happily. And Janett, our “Teilzeitreisende/Part Time Traveller“? She is laughing, enjoying the time and has found a new friend in our plant expert Erika, who explains to her that the St. John’s wort herb actually offsets all other medicine you take … “just be careful if you are on the pill”, Erika smiles with a twinkle in her eye. We listen to her and her local Salzburg stories happily taking in all there is to know about the area, its people and their (herbal) traditions.
Well this is exactly what happens here: Because of all the exciting, interactive offers, you just cannot help but feel good. A hike with local lady Erika is relaxing yet invigorating at the same time. The cooking workshop invites to roll, form, join in & laugh (about yourself), supporting kitchen hands never being far. And then comes the fun part … actually tasting your own, self-made delights such as spreads with herbs collected, home-made bread and oh so good Austrian dumplings interspersed with the nettle leaves we found earlier on: very healthy, I tell you. I had to eat it all. 😀
The entire Hotel Tannenhof is covered in inspiring paintings done by local artist & hotel owner Martina Lochner, who just loves sharing her passion with the creative travellers that visit her. “Felting with sheep wool is my mum’s task”, she laughs and off we go: Fueled by all the healthy, home-made food from lunch Johannes and I start felting small pieces of decoration while Susi & Janett go for … blow-drying. Each layer of colour on canvas has to be dried first, you know. Patience pays, though (and so does the blow-dry): True works of art are created in no time!
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Wohlfühlhotel Tannenhof in order to sample their range of creative workshop offers. All opinions are my own.