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Lessons in Rustic France

April 1, 2012
Lessons in Rustic France

Local, sustainable, seasonal: these may be buzzwords in American food circles, but in the South of France they’re just implicit. And at Hotel Crillon le Brave, perched above the fertile fields of Provence, they’re a way of life.

Situated at the heart of Provence, the village of Crillon-le-Brave offers easy access to many of the region’s loveliest villages – and, of course, most outstanding food and wine. Take a day trip through the vineyards of Vacqueyras, Gigondas, and Séguret before heading to truly hallowed ground among the legendary wineries of Châteauneuf du Pape.

In Vaison-la-Romaine visit artists’ studios and Roman ruins after a stroll through the Tuesday morning market, or sample some of the region’s most tantalizing pastries and flavorful olive oils after the Wednesday market day in St. Rémy.

Closer to home, explore the marvelously rustic villages and vineyards around “The Giant of Provence,” 6000 ft. Mount Ventoux, which sits practically in Crillon-le-Brave’s backyard. Pass through the cherry orchards and vineyards near Flassan, or luxuriate in the smell of lavender, which grows through the summer, wafting out of the broad fields near the Nesque Canyon.

And finally, enjoy the greatest indulgence of all: just staying put. The restaurant at Hotel Crillon le Brave will bring all the best of Provence right to your table – “High quality, locally-sourced, fresh produce cooked well and served simply” is their motto. You’ll wonder how you ever set foot out the door in the first place.

LOOK NOW: There’s no better time than summer for a trip to Provence. Contact Hotel Crillon le Brave now to experience this enchanting region in all its sunny splendor.