This is what we woke up to
Written by Yasmin
Last weekend, I was back at the Myttinge cottage in Värmdö for a couple of relaxing days filled with long walks, drinking coffee in the sun, ice bathing, sauna and eating lots of food – the best and most soulful way one can spend a weekend. Värmdö is located about 50 minutes by car from Stockholm city, a perfect distance when you’re in the mood for a “mini-getaway”. The interior in the cabin is, along with the beautiful view, a strong reason why we keep going back (the cabin has even been on the cover of Swedish Elle Interior).
A more detailed blog post about our latest stay in the cabin (the traditional siblings-getaway) can be found here. Please note that the prices have gone up since our last visit to the cabin. Email dennyshouse[at]hotmail.com for reservations.
In recent years, we have developed a family tradition of taking our little brother on a fishing weekend somewhere in the Stockholm Archipelago. It started a couple of years ago, as a birthday present to our little brother who is a true fishing enthusiast, and we quickly agreed to keep the tradition alive. A mini getaway is the perfect way to soft-start the autumn – and in just 30 minutes from Stockholm by car, you arrive to a completely different world, full of tranquillity.
Location: The Sea Cottage, Värmdö
The Stockholm Archipelago consists of over 30,000 islands and Värmdö (or Värmdön) is a municipality in Stockholm’s inner archipelago which is entirely made of islands. Some of the well known and popular islands that belong to Värmdö is Sandhamn, Grinda and Möja, but this time our choice fell on a charming red cottage in Myttinge.
Judging by the pictures (and the Elle magazine cover), it appeared to be the perfect weekend escape; offering both fishing, sauna and barbecue opportunities. So with a car fully equipped with food, fishing rods and board games, we hit the roads, eager to get away from a hectic Stockholm.
An interesting arrival
Although we had received detailed directions and been told that the cottage was quite secluded, we probably weren’t prepared for how secluded or difficult it would be to find the cottage in pitch darkness, with no road signs or street lights. After driving the wrong way one or two times, we finally found the “big red barn” where we had to park our car and walk the last bit (through a forest!). While we navigated our way through the forest, using our mobile flashlights as our only source of light, it was impossible not to let the mind wander to various horror films.
The cottage in daylight.
After a five minute walk, we arrived at the cottage and immediately began making the usual Friday taco. After dinner, we played cards, drank tea and talked for a couple of hours until it was time to hit the bed.
‘The early morning has gold in its mouth’
The next morning, we woke up with the sun. We opened up the doors that overlooked the ocean to soak in the view and breathe in the fresh island air. With the ocean as our backdrop, we made a big weekend breakfast with lit candles and some relaxing acoustic background music. Unquestionably the best way to start the day!
The rest of Saturday was spent outside in the fresh air where we went fishing, barbecued and enjoyed the sun. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch a big pike (this time), but apparently Zlatan who also was fishing somewhere in the archipelago had better luck.
Our evening plans? Sauna bathing and watching horror films.
And on Sunday, after another long breakfast and a bit of fishing, we packed our bags and said goodbye to the archipelago for this time. It really is amazing what a little bit of vitamin sea and fresh air can do for the soul. Until next time!
Book a cottage in the Stockholm Archipelago
There are many websites where you can rent houses/cottages for a week or a few days. We booked our cottage here (but fritiden.se is another website with more options) and paid 2400 SEK for two nights. A week costs 8000 sek.
The cottage was equipped with:
– Double bed
– Extra bed
– 2 hotplates
What is your favorite island in the Stockholm archipelago or do you have any recommendations on where we should go next time? Leave a comment!
Want to know more about what to do and see in Stockholm? We have gathered all our previous blog posts about our beloved hometown. Read our Stockholm guide »
Our best Stockholm tips
We want to take the opportunity to highlight a couple of our local favorites in Sweden’s beautiful capital Stockholm. We have gathered all our previous blog posts about our beloved hometown. If you want to know more about what you should do and see in Stockholm, this is a great place to start!
Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel
Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel has opened – and it’s located in the middle of a residential area in Stockholm suburb Nacka, 15-20-minute drive from the city center. You can now spend the night in a replica of the Frodo and Bilbo Baggins-house, and experience the magical Hobbiton setting IRL. Continue reading »
Elegant breakfasts at Greatas in Scandic Haymarket
Gretas, influenced by the 1920’s and decorated in pink colours in a glamorous setting, is one of our absolute favorite breakfast spots in Stockholm. Continue reading »
Restaurant Art on Döbelnsgatan, Stockholm
This restaurant has it all! Great food for affordable prices, friendly staff, cool vibe and an entrance to die for (we don’t want to spoil too much, but the entrance alone is worth a visit). Just reserve a table asap!
Visit their website »Photo by Restaurant Art
Burlesque dinner at Melt Bar, Stockholm
How about dinner accompanied with burlesque and jazz performances? Every Friday and Saturday evening, Melt Bar has some of Sweden’s best burlesque dancers, jazz singers, magicians and dancers performing until 1 a.m. It’s the perfect dinner option if you are looking for something out of the ordinary. The 1920’s restaurant and bar inspired by the prohibition New York, is suitably located at the infamous Malmskillnadsgatan 45 in Stockholm – and it really lives up to its expectations! Continue reading »
Roller skating at Rollers n Bowlers in Haninge, Stockholm
Rollers n Bowlers in Haninge Centrum offers an typical American diner, a cool bowling alley and roller skating rink which makes the venue optimal for a fun date night!
Continue reading »
Stockholm’s best coffee in Hötorgshallen
Stockholm’s best coffee is served by the ‘Epic Coffee Man’ in Hötorgshallen. His real name is Andreas and he is the owner of Himalayas coffee bar, located in Hötorgshallen, a market hall full of restaurants and stalls with fresh meat, fish, cheese and other delicacies. Despite long queues, the owner does his best to share knowledge about coffee beans and methods with all of his customers. His passionate and friendly customer service, making you walk away from the counter with a smile, is something you rarely run across in Stockholm. Continue reading »
Mini-getaway to the Stockholm Archipelago
How amazing as the vibrant capital of Sweden can be, sometimes it is nice to leave the city pulse for a calm and relaxing weekend in the Stockholm Archipelago. We had a great fishing weekend at a charming red cottage in Mytting, known from the Swedish Elle Interior. It was the perfect weekend escape; offering both fishing, sauna and barbecue opportunities. Continue reading »
Hallwyl Museum in Östermalm, Stockholm
The Hallwyl museum in Stockholm is more than a hotspot patio with a jam-packed outdoor seating during the summer. Behind the gates hides a unique and preserved building which belonged to a Swedish upper-class family from the turn of the century. We met the museum Director Heli Haapasalo and got a full tour of the museum! Continue reading »
Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café
Traditional Swedish dishes and probably one of Stockholms best desert buffets… Vaxholm Hembygdsgårds Café is a real Swedish summer dream in the heart of Stockholm archipelago. Continue reading »
Winery Hotel – tastings and dinners for wine enthusiast!
Wineries, a property where wine is produced, in combination with accommodation, food and drinks is already popular in big cities like New York and London. Now, the owner families of Winery hope that Swedes will jump on the trend too. We got a private tour of the winery (the hotel’s heart and pride), hotel rooms, restaurant and meeting rooms. Continue reading »
One last stop… ’Pontus in the Air’
When you are about to leave Sweden, make sure your last stop in Stockholm is worth remembering. ‘Pontus in the Air’ is the latest addition to Pontus Frithiof’s collection of restaurants in Sweden. The restaurant is located at Arlanda Airport, terminal 5, and is probably among the better airport restaurants in Europe! We recommend the Market Breakfast Buffé för only 99 SEK (10,40 Euro) or the amazing Lobster Salad for lunch. It is also worth mentioning that ‘Pontus in the Air ‘ is one of three restaurants in Sweden who are official Krüg ambassadors. Continue reading »
Other Stockholm guides that we recommend
Sandras Guide to Stockholm http://sandrabeijer.se/2015/03/20/sandras-guide-till-stockholm/