Utö Värdshus: Experience your own oasis of Swedish island life
By Oliver Hugemark | Photos: Utö Värdshus
Every summer, Stockholmers and vacationers alike flock to Stockholm archipelago to experience the charm and tranquility of one of Sweden’s most popular summer paradises. Located on Utö, a small year-round island in the outer archipelago, Utö Värdshus is an iconic inn where island life is right at your doorstep.
“Utö Värdshus was opened at the turn of the century to serve as an unfussy seaside resort and abode of rest for celebrities, socialites and the Swedish cultural elite,” says Anders Malm, restauranteur and owner of Utö Värdshus. “Today, we host a lovely blend of guests who come to enjoy island life in their own style, from beach-dwellers to birdwatchers to bridal couples to swim-run athletes.”
A natural part of the bustling island life, Utö Värdshus is a labor of love run by a tight-knit community of island-dwellers. Though the well-reputed establishment is only a convenient ferry ride away from central Stockholm, it brings guests closer to nature, whether through outdoor yoga, seasonally-led fine dining on the veranda, a drink in the maritime bar, a group run, or solo exploration by foot or bike.
“The seasons, the ever-changing weather, the ocean and the surrounding forest reserve are naturally our greatest sources of inspiration,” says Malm. “One of the things that guests appreciate the most about staying with us is finding their own little inlet, sun-drenched cliff, silent forest path, or vista of the open sea horizon.”
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