By Edward Kiersh
Though the hillsides are covered with vineyards, and not golf courses, the scenery in this rich part of France is captivating especially if the traveler makes it a point to visit small, 16th and 17th century hill towns. One must-see gem is Flavian-Sur-Ozerain, not far from Dijon. Here the aging buildings and cobble-stoned streets seem to be relics of a long-vanished past. All is tranquil, a perfect escape from time.
Once I left here it’s on to Dijon and the road of Burgundy’s Grand Crus. There are so many caves or wine producers along the road side it’s impossible to determine where to stop.
But one small town, Aloxe-Corton, is particularly magical. Along with boasting a few boutique producers, Aloxe is home to the Villa Hotel Louise. This charming retreat has 14 rooms, a swimming pool and numerous terraces adjoining a few of the suites. But when sitting in the garden, surrounded by luxuriant vineyards, burgundy’s calling card becomes immediately clear. Here it’s easy to ‘Slow Down’.
But one must eat—well—and that is definitely on the menu at Maison Du Colombier in BEAUNE. Opt for the charcuterie, a salmon tapas plate, sardines, the butternut soup and a series of wines selected by Michelin starred chef/owner Roland Chanuaud. He stocks 2500 wines in his cellar. Sitting in his open-air tables in this alluring place and watching diners enthusiastically enjoying their tapas, time again stands still—beautifully.
Life begins on a very “rough” note in the charming petite Villa Louise in Burgundy. Breakfast is served, not the usual buffet, an abundance of fresh hams and cheeses, juices, kiwi, cooked peaches, various breads and jams, a little raisin cake, a choice of eggs, and utter quiet in a small drawing room. There is a 17th century fireplace dominating this inviting room and in a few months a Christmas tree will hold sway. I can’t wait to return for the festivities.
This is part 1 of Edward Kiersh’s blog as travels through the Burgundy region of France in anticipation of the 2018 Ryder Cup. Follow his tour at www.golftravelandleisure.com