Thursday, October 12, 2017

Restore Zlatorog Hotel, open to all

A vibrant cultural hub now sits sadly mute.  Set in spectacular surroundings, the lodge at the tip of Lake Bohinj has been a treasured gathering spot for as long as anyone can remember. Zlatorog Hotel holds a rich part of Slovenia’s alpine folklore, the story of the gold-horned chamois.  

Until recently, year-round festivities used to take place here.  Bells rang and well-wishers cheered as cows were led to high pastures at the beginning of summer, and they welcomed them back at the end.  Celebrations with regional costumes, dance, food and spirits have brought feasting, fun and laughter for men, women and children of all ages and from all over the world.

Iron-rich mountains here still hold memories of the Iron Age when Celtic culture flourished all over Europe.  Named long ago by Celtic residents, “Bohinj,” is still home to a large Celtic population dedicated to protecting the natural beauty of the stunningly beautiful region. 

Countless excursions started and finished at Zlatorog - boat and bike rides, mountain hikes, skiing and even hang gliding.  Traditional foods and settings, conference facilities, an oversized swimming pool and a large, full-windowed hall have made the hotel a favorite and distinctive destination.

As one who has long loved the treasury of tradition that Zlatorog Hotel holds, I encourage Slovenia and the hotels’ new owners to revive its former conviviality with a welcoming “živjo!” for everyone.

Thank you for your help in preserving this folkloric gem.
            Jacqueline Widmar Stewart, author of Finding Slovenia