Loire Valley | chateaux, wine, and food

Domaine des Hauts de Loire from the reflecting pond — (c) 2014 by David Ourisman

Continuing my travelogue of my recent trip to France, the next stop was at the beautiful hotel pictured here, Domaine des Hauts de Loire. An absolutely beautiful setting, I enjoyed my stay here very much.

What to do in the Loire valley?

1. Visit the famous chateaux; click the link to explore some of the possibilities. It's an incredible historical experience, and you'll get a sense of the lavish lifestyles of the French aristocracy… and perhaps also a sense of the social forces that led to the French Revolution.

2. Taste the wine. The Loire is one of the great wine regions of France with five different appellations.

3. Enjoy the cuisine. Domain des Hauts de Loire has a two-star Michelin restaurant under the direction of chef Rémy Giraud. Room rates are reasonable — as low as 190€ for a Standard room in low season — and guests have the privilege of pre-reserving a table at the restaurant.

The hotel itself is a former 19th century hunting lodge, set in 210 acres of oak forest. Rooms in the original building are very authentic, down to the creaking floorboards and antique furnishings. The perfect spot for a romantic getaway.

Domaine des Hauts de Loire, back entrance — (c) 2014 by David Ourisman

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