Details: Austria's Zillertal
Austrian Airlines offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Innsbruck, Austria, with fares starting at $955 round-trip. United, Lufthansa and Continental have nonstop flights from Dulles to Munich, about two hours from the Zillertal, starting at $720 round-trip.
WHERE TO STAY AND EAT
The Hotel Theresa
Bahnhofstr. 15, Zell am Ziller
Superb family-run hotel with 70 rooms, extensive spa and wellness facilities and views of the high Alps on every side. Rates start at $182 per person and include three meals a day. Hot pool and sauna are free for all guests, but massages and spa services are extra.
The chef, a former Olympic skier and member of the owner Egger family, cooks haute Austrian, with an emphasis on roasted local beef, pork and veal, occasional wild game and Zillertal trout. Every dinner features an extensive, and exquisite, strudel bar.
The Neuhaus Hotel and Spa
Am Marktplatz 202, Mayrhofen