Burgundy isn’t just a wine… it’s the most well-known wine region in the world. It’s also famous for its superb gourmet foods – think Michelin-starred restaurants. You’ll find exquisite accommodations in the area also. Add some luxury spas and picturesque old (centuries old!) and you have all the ingredients needed for a long, country weekend.
No doubt you’ve heard of the well-known wine auction held annually by the famous auction house, Christie’s – it’s near Beaune, Burgundy that this event is held. And, located nearby is a new spa, Fruititherapy, which features treatments using locally sourced products like wild berries, red currants and, of course, grapes. This spa is contemporary in style and has an indoor pool, sauna, hamman, tea lounge and overlooks the Burgundy village of Meursault. Another luxury spa is the one located on the grounds of the Hotel Burgundy Franche-Comté. Their menu of services include Aromatherapy, Fangotherapy, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Stone Therapy, Thalassotherapy, and Thermalism.
The Hotel Burgundy Franche Comte is a member of the luxury hotel group Relais and Chateaux. Another luxury hotel in the Burgundy area is Chateau du Vault de Lugny, located near the village of Vézelay which is officially named of the most beautiful villages in France and a UNESCO World Heritage site. For hundreds of years people traveled there to ogle the Abbey’s religious artifacts. This regal property is surrounded by a moat and features huge stone fireplaces. With only 16 guest rooms, each is furnished in exquisite detail – a few with four-poster beds and many with working fireplaces.
Not only is the Burgundy area known for its wines, you will also want to sample and purchase various gourmet food items. La Moutarderie Fallot in Beaune is known for its fine mustards – visit the factory of see how traditional mustard is made. You can even make some yourself. And, of course Dijon mustard, from the capital of Burgundy, Dijon. Abbaye de Citeaux is where you go for marvelous cheese made by monks; it is only available for purchase onsite. Cassis, a liqueur made from blackcurrants, used for the aperitif Kir, and in desserts, is a specialty of this region. And, don’t forget the truffles – there are 150+ varieties of truffles. Most are delicious but some are hallucinogenic, and a few, deadly poisonous so if you hunt them yourself, take them to a local pharmacy who will advise you which ones can be safely eaten. Au Verger Mâconnais, Maconand, Bruno in Dijon, and Le Verger de l’Abbaye in Tournus are a few of the shops where you can these seasonal varieties beautifully displayed.
Wines in Burgundy will be in another article.
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