Where to Stay and Eat in Bordeaux Wine Country

Our choice of the best hotels and restaurants in Bordeaux and amidst the vineyards. Related articles: Great Destinations: Bordeaux and Wine Country Things to See and Do in Bordeaux: A Comprehensive Guide 12 Unmissable Wine Destinations...

A Weekend’s Punting and Pampering in Brière

Vast, ominous clouds linger stubbornly in the sky, but Valentin, the hulking, tattooed captain aboard our chaland (a flat-bottomed, wooden boat) keeps his sunglasses on as he guides us through the picturesque Brière wetlands. Exploring a labyrinth of sprawling marshes...
Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse, Saint-Pierre

Saint Pierre and Miquelon: France Far-off, France Forever

Fog-ridden. Weather-beaten. A treeless outcrop crusted with the spit of the sea. This seems to be the standard first impression of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a tiny cluster of French islands tucked beneath the vastness...

A History of the Auberge du Père Bise: Featuring an In-House Recipe

In the village of Talloires, along Lake Annecy, sits a rustic-looking inn. Originally a simple guinguette, or tavern, the Auberge du Père Bise is a prestigious hotel and restaurant. Run by the same family...
Beach near Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Three Days on the French Riviera Without Breaking the Bank

Do you love travelling to France, but shy away from the French Riviera because you think it’s all glitz and glamour? Most people I talk to have the same reaction: Don't I have to be...
Biking in the Burgundy vineyards.

A Taste Trek in Burgundy: Walking & Cycling in French Wine Country

No doubt every corner of France has its own charms and beauty, but if one had to name the quintessential French region, it must be Burgundy. With medieval villages, ancient woodlands, fields of red poppy and grazing cattle,...
Annecy, "Little Venice."

A Weekend in Annecy: Insider Travel Recommendations

The cure for most anything that ails is fresh mountain air. With winter arriving, I craved a higher altitude and slower pace of life, even if only for a weekend. A train ticket and...

The All-American Roots of the French Riviera

Madame Marianne Estène-Chauvin is a living, breathing embodiment of the Côte d’Azur. The proprietress of the Hotel Belles Rives, where Woody Allen’s recent Jazz Age romp Magic in the Moonlight was filmed, meets me...

Sleep in an Artist’s Treehouse in Basque Country

France is no stranger to unique overnight accommodations (just consider the wine barrel hotel in Saint-Émilion). But L’Arbre aux Oiseaux (“the Tree of Birds”) in Cambo-les-Bains is a world a part. Instead of a...

Noble Domain: Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly

Chantilly’s new Auberge du Jeu de Paume is one more reason to visit this opulently endowed town in Ile-de-France, just 23 miles north of Paris. Opened last September in an ideal spot between the...