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Grand Chef and Owner of the Everest Restaurant
My Route du Bonheur along the Great Lakes

I was born in France, but have spent a large part of my life travelling. After cooking in Italy and Switzerland, I landed in Chicago in 1984 to re-open Maxim’s restaurant. At the time, I was in charge of the prestigious Auberge de l’Ill, in Alsace. It was a real leap into the dark. I couldn’t speak a word of English, and knew nothing of the city; yet I have never left. For me, the “Windy City” is the loveliest city in the world. Its skyline and lake give it a unique atmosphere. Above all, this is one of the rare cities in the world where you really feel the change of seasons …

Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Our advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Example for a 8 nights stay from USD 1475*
* Minimum indicative rate per person, subject to availability, on the basis of a double room with double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner (menu, without beverages) in the properties suggested for the itinerary.
Activities on site and nearby must be reserved by you.

My Route du Bonheur
Stage 1: 2 days, 2 nights

Canoe Bay

A romantic hideaway on the banks of a pristine lake
Canoe Bay
Canoe Bay calls you to journey far from the city into a conservation area. A green oasis created by Dan and Lisa Dobrowolski, former Chicago-based journalists. The property extends over more than 120 hectares amid forests and springs. The villa’s lines were inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. On the lakeside, the cedar wood blends into nature. To the stroke of the paddle, time stands still. A romantic escape for lovers of greenery and open spaces …

On the route...

Farmers’ Market, Madison, Wisconsin

On a fine day, some 200 farmers congregate at Dane County Farmers’ Market. Set up on Capitol Square, this was one of the first markets I visited when I moved to Chicago. There’s a real market gardening culture in Wisconsin. On Saturday mornings, the market becomes a hive of activity. Everything is fresh – morning-picked leeks, the day’s asparagus and farmhouse cheeses. It was also one of the first organic markets in the country, a place where the word "biodynamics" has a real meaning.

Farmers’ Market

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This is one of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s masterpieces. The Milwaukee Art Museum extension looks like a gigantic white bird preparing for flight! It features wings for sunshades that open and close according to the weather. An exceptional architectural accomplishment that almost makes one forget that the museum contains some 25,000 pieces of art, including an impressive number of Expressionist paintings and a very fine collection of works by the modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe, a Wisconsin native.

Milwaukee Art Museum

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Stage 2: 2 days, 2 nights

Everest

The gourmet summit
Everest
The Everest restaurant is located on the 40th and top floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange. From your table, you enjoy one of the most beautiful views over the east and south of the city. My cuisine is still influenced by my French roots. I like pairing aristocratic products with ones freshly harvested from the ground. A balance that you find in wine and food pairings, for example, lobster roasted in Gewurztraminer from Alsace. With over 500 bottles, the restaurant certainly has the largest list of Alsace wines in the world …

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Art Institute of Chicago

Known for its rich collection of Impressionist paintings (Renoir, Monet, Seurat, Caillebotte, etc.), the Art Institute of Chicago holds one of the largest collections of modern art in the world. I like to go and just sit in front of a few paintings. Contemporary art is around me every day - my restaurant walls are covered with works by the greatest local artists and on each table, you will find specially made sculptures by Swiss-Italian artist Ivo Soldini.

Art Institute of Chicago

Grant Park, Chicago

Grant Park reminds me of the magnificent gardens of Versailles Palace. Here, the parks are really "alive". Classical and jazz concerts are played out in the open. A food festival also draws thousands of people in summer. Families gather for picnics, kids play baseball, football or basketball in the famous Bulls jersey. Designed by the greatest architects – including Frank Gehry, who designed the Jay Pritzker Pavilion – Millennium Park is part of Grant Park. A space dedicated to architecture and contemporary art that I come back to time and again.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park, Chicago

Walking tours are organized downtown and along the river to discover the city’s architecture. For a long time, Chicago was home to the tallest tower in the world, and its very open skyline remains one of the most impressive known to me. Great architects have left their mark on Chicago: for example, you can explore Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, his very first "Prairie-house" style work, which showcased brick and the horizontal style that would inspire several generations of architects.

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Bit of Swiss Pastry Shop, Stevensville, Michigan

The eastern shore of Lake Michigan is where you’ll find this incredible bakery which opened in 1967 and was recently awarded the title "Retail Bakery of the Year". Their artisan breads, rye breads and baguettes are cooked in an oven purchased specially in France, and are among the best in the United States. More than just a baker, Tim Foley is an artist …

Swiss Pastry Shop

Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan

With its vast sand dunes and lakeshore beaches, Warren Dunes is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Paths and picnic areas were developed along the length of its 790 hectares. Here, on the shores of Lake Michigan you feel as if you are by the sea …

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Stage 3 : 2 days, 2 nights

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa

Heirloom vegetables fill the garden; honey and maple syrup is produced on the property
Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa
Built from 1898-1902, this splendid residence remained in the same family until 1982. Architect William Bennett and his wife, Mary Beaton, bought it in 1987 and the property has since been converted into an outstanding hotel. On this large estate it seems every detail has been patiently thought out, from little dishes by Grand Chef Jason Bangerter, silk fabrics, and carved wooden furniture, to the groves of the garden that transport us back to the splendours of Victorian England …

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Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Cambridge

Opened in 2001, this tropical garden provides an amazing and exotic journey. Make your way past thousands of butterflies, tropical flowers and plants, exotic birds, turtles, and insects. Colourful butterflies land on your shoulder and your back in a warm and humid atmosphere (the temperature fluctuates between 25ºC and 30ºC all year round). You’re in Canada no longer …

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

On the route...

Under Niagara Falls

What to say about these world-famous falls? I have visited them twice. What surprises you at first is the flow and crash of the water. You really feel swept away! Gardens and terraces have been laid out to provide more vantage points around the three falls. Few places make you feel so small. At night-time, powerful projectors light up the falls on the Canadian side. A different show …

Tasting Buffalo wings in Buffalo, New York

Legend has it that the recipe for chicken wings – one of Americans’ favourite dishes – was invented at the Anchor Bar in 1964. Coated in a Cayenne pepper and butter sauce, the fried wings and drumsticks are generally served with a Blue cheese dressing. The original recipe is still kept top secret. Some families enter this American cuisine haunt the way others go on a pilgrimage …

Buffalo wings

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Stage 4 : 2 days, 2 nights

Glendorn

A lovely cabin in the woods
Glendorn
During its construction (1929-1995), this oasis built out of sequoia wood belonged to the Dorn family. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and the pianist Victor Borge came here to vacation. Part of Relais & Châteaux since 1999, now J. Cliff Forrest is the keeper of its memory and standing. A unique place bordering the Allegheny woods, where you can spot bears, deer, and beavers. Nature is at your fingertips: go fly fishing for a catch of the wonderful trout.

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Strip District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Adjacent to the Allegheny forest, this was once the district of mills, warehouses, and small stores. Here, butchers, market gardeners, cheese makers and bakers operate side by side, just as they did fifty years ago. Many of them came from Italy and never went back. I like walking around and snacking in these little shops. There is a unique atmosphere, like in a good old black and white film ...

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928. Opened about twenty years ago, this museum gathers one of the largest collections of work created by the "Pope of Pop". There are many thousands of documents and some 900 paintings, films, and photos evoking the life of the artist known worldwide for his Campbell’s soup can paintings and screen prints, from Mao to Monroe.

Andy Warhol Museum

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