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In honor of its French roots and expansion to America, select North American Relais & Châteaux hotels are celebrating Independence Day, Bastille Day and Canada Day during July with special packages and gourmet offerings. A round up of these packages is listed below. For additional information, reservations and restrictions about these and other Relais & Châteaux offers, please contact 1-800-735-2478.
Long touted as one of Napa’s best French inspired culinary destinations, Auberge du Soleil is offering the French-American Culinary Escape, from July 4–14. Guests will be enticed with the cuisine of Chef Robert Curry and the pairings of Opus One – the joint venture of Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The package, from $1,237 per couple, includes one night stay in a Main House Hilltop View room; in-room wine amenity; breakfast for two; four–course dinner with paired wines featuring Opus One, Bollinger champagne greeting (taxes and gratuities included).
The celebration starts with your private French/American gourmet picnic to enjoy at Carmel Beach, or perhaps Big Sur, and continues with a fabulous dinner for two at award-winning Aubergine Restaurant. The Create the Fireworks Package includes one night’s deluxe accommodations for two; a $250 dinner credit at Aubergine restaurant; a gourmet picnic basket for two complete with a blanket and split of wine; two 60-minute in-room massages or golf for two at Quail Lodge; special holiday treats at turndown and a L’Auberge breakfast for two. Package starts at $1,159 per night and is available from July 1-29, Sunday through Thursday.
A festive barbeque will be held on the 4th of July; and from July 4–14, guests can enjoy free admission to Hildene, home of the Lincoln family. A French gourmet picnic basket, filled with French brie, baguette, grapes, pastries and a bottle of Chateaux Valcombe Rosé wine can be prepared for the visit. Room rates start at $215 per room per night, including breakfast; picnic basket is $55.
For Bastille Day, a French Culinary Package is available July 13-14 or July 14-15. It includes two nights lodging; a French tasting menu with wine pairing on the 14th; a garden tour with Chef Gill and a French-inspired present upon departure. Rates begin at $691 per package.
White Barn Inn (Kennebunk Beach, Maine)
Festivities begin on July 4th with a barbeque on the beach prior to the fireworks. From July 4-14, French-inspired pastries will be served with afternoon tea. On July 14th, diners can enjoy a selection of reserve French wines paired to accompany a four-course dinner as a tribute to Bastille Day and French winemakers. A French-inspired after dinner drink will follow. Total cost of dinner plus reserve pairing is $193 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).
The town of Milford has an interesting connection to France and guests can learn about it with the Discover Milford’s French History package from July 4-14. The package includes two nights stay; two glasses of wine and typical French pastries upon arrival; continental breakfast each morning; a three-course French themed dinner for two; and a trail walk to learn about the French influence in Milford. Superior room: weekday: $550.00; weekend $700.00; deluxe room: weekday: $650.00; weekend $800.00; premium room: weekday: $700.00; weekend $850.00. A three-course prix fixe Storm the Bastille Dinner will also be offered to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14.
On Saturday, July 10, the hotel will present the third installment of their “Historical Poison Dining Series.” The Bastille Day Wine Tasting Buffet will reflect on the role that poison has played in politics and power throughout history. Specialty dishes, wine and champagne will be featured that celebrate the flavors of the Mediterranean in honor of France’s independence. Cost is $75 per person.
The Heritage Celebration package, offered from July 1-14, includes a special Relais & Châteaux welcome of a deluxe plate inspired by the colors of the Canadian, United States and French flags and two complimentary passes to the magnificent Tofino Botanical Gardens.
Rates start at $380 per night for new reservations only, based on availability.
From July 1-14, guests of Wedgewood will receive complimentary express-entry admission tickets to see the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibit, “The Modern Woman: Drawings by Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and other Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.” Room rates start at $198 and are subject to availability. Gallery tickets will be available by request upon arrival.
For Bastille Day, celebrate the gastronomique culture of France and the French Canadians of Quebec. Chef Scott Johnson will feature unique twists on French classics, some handed down from his Quebecoise grandmother. In addition, non-pasteurized cheeses, made in the French style in New Brunswick at the La Bergerie aux 4 Vents, will be featured in a special July 14 dinner tasting for hotel guests. There is no additional charge for the Bastille Day dinner for guests of the hotel.
Blantyre - United States, Lenox
Restaurant and hotel in the country Blantyre is a beautiful country manor surrounded by 46 hectares of lawn and woodlands, ideally located halfway between Boston and New York City. The Main House, Carriage House and three cottages are reminiscent of a gentler time of elegance and romance. Built in 1902, the majestic Tudor style estate boasts sumptuous guestrooms, a spa, an exceptional wine cellar, renowned cuisine and a delicious hot chocolate menu. This enchanting resort has activities galore, with tennis and croquet in the summer. When the seasons change, the property transforms into a romantic winter wonderland, with ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and a 34-meter-tall Christmas tree. ...Read more
Kingsbrae Arms - Canada, St Andrews
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront New Brunswick is one of the most beautiful parts of Canada, famous for its constantly changing beaches and coast inhabited by whales. On the heights of St. Andrews, on the Bay of Fundy, which boasts the world’s highest tides, overlooking the little harbor, stands a romantic country house built in 1897. The house has been decorated in polished wood and marble, with period fireplaces and four-poster beds. Seasonal dinners include fresh fish from the Bay of Fundy with organically grown produce from the kitchen garden. Next door, discover the famous 11-hectare Kingsbrae Garden, which is home to a dizzying array of horticultural treasures. ...Read more
Auberge du Soleil - United States, Rutherford
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard In the midst of the famous vineyards of Napa Valley, French restaurateur Claude Rouas and his business partner Robert Harmon have created an elegant hotel hidden away in an olive grove reminiscent of Provence. The secluded, romantic hillside “maisons”, with their private terraces, custom furnishings and fireplaces, overlook the sculpture garden, which features over 100 works by renowned artists. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine offers the very best of the region, as does the spa, with treatments based on grapes, olives, herbs and flowers. The 15,000-bottle wine cellar will transport wine lovers to heaven, as they watch the sun setting on the horizon. ...Read more
The White Barn Inn and Spa - United States, Kennebunk Beach
Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel on the seafront As a child, Jonathan Cartwright wanted to be a cyclist and win the Tour de France, but later he discovered cooking and became more interested in wearing a white apron than a yellow jersey. Now a respected Chef, he has turned the White Barn Inn into a great place to eat, as well as an elegant place to stay. The restaurant is housed in an authentic New England barn dating back to the early 1800s. “Cooking requires the same effort and team spirit as cycling,” Cartwright says. A true perfectionist, he values the quality of his ingredients above all, especially the fresh Maine lobster that is the star of his menu, alongside other creations inspired by local produce. ...Read more
Wickaninnish Inn - Canada, Tofino
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront The Wickaninnish Inn stands on an outcrop between the Pacific Ocean, Chesterman Beach and a forest of giant evergreens. Artists, including renowned wood carver Henry Nolla, designed elements of its two buildings with the aim of blending art, nature and culture. You can even meet local artists at the onsite carving shed. Each room has a fireplace and picture window offering views of the coastline. Set off on a day of sea kayaking, or to see whales, sea lions or bears around Clayoquot Sound. Relax with a soothing spa treatment after your day's adventures. From November to March, you can admire mighty Pacific storms, watching from the comfort of your guest room as waves come crashing ashore. ...Read more
L’Auberge Carmel - United States, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in town Henry Miller said that he learned to pray in front of the stunning scenery of Big Sur. Carmel-by-the-Sea is the ideal base for marveling at these immense cliffs plunging down into the ocean. Halfway between San Francisco and the Santa Barbara coast, inhabited by seals and whales, Carmel – where Clint Eastwood was once mayor – will charm you with its art galleries and pebble beaches. This romantic hotel, decorated with lovely European fabrics and antiques, is ideally located in the heart of the village, a pleasant short walk away from the famous Carmel Beach. The delicious cuisine, a well-stocked wine cellar and superb massages will give it a special place in your heart. ...Read more
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa - Canada, Vancouver
Hotel and restaurant in town Located on fashionable Robson Square, the Wedgewood is a superb address displaying distinct European elegance, right in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. The guest rooms and suites provide every modern comfort, alongside antiques and original artworks, while the restaurant, dedicated to Bacchus, serves inventive, epicurean cuisine. The lounge is the epitome of understated luxury, featuring stylish furniture, rich fabrics, old-fashioned fireplaces and Venetian light fixtures personally selected by the owner. Every member of the staff, from the team at the inviting wellness center to the chef in the restaurant, strives to attain one goal: perfection. ...Read more
Hotel Fauchère - United States, Milford
Hotel and restaurant in a village Founded in 1852 by Swiss-born Louis Fauchère, the hotel was run by the Fauchère family for 124 years and earned a legendary history. After a meticulous restoration in 2006, new owners revived that legacy with a casually elegant and welcoming décor enhanced by a collection of Hudson River School paintings. The hotel’s sophisticated Delmonico Room serves creative traditional cuisine and the chic modern ambiance of Bar Louis attracts a lively lunch and dinner crowd. An adjacent Patisserie Fauchère, hiking trails and a day spa, all located in the heart of a classic American small town with great architecture and shopping makes Hotel Fauchère a great getaway. ...Read more
Windham Hill Inn - United States, West Townshend
Hotel and restaurant on a river Stroll among the pines and maples, watch the fireflies when night falls across the Vermont countryside, admire the star-filled skies in the moonlight… Welcome to Windham Hill, a romantic place where the summer nights offer up a magical spectacle and autumn reveals all the glorious colors of nature. At the end of a country road, in the heart of 160 hectares of unspoiled nature, this elegant inn offers exceptional views of the Green Mountains and a luxurious, meticulously tended flower garden. The elegant rooms and suites provide a haven of peace, and the cuisine showcasing seasonal produce from the garden is sure to delight even the most discerning of gourmets. ...Read more
Hôtel St Germain - United States, Dallas
Hotel and restaurant in town Built as a private residence in 1900 and classified as a historical landmark, Hôtel St Germain has the allure of a sumptuous French townhouse, with excellent old world service, thoroughly modern amenities and memorable fine dining. Graceful interiors evoke the haunting, exotic beauty of 19th-century New Orleans. The grand dining room is adorned with a 200-year-old Aubusson tapestry. Just steps away from the bustle of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, the Winspear Opera House and Meyerson Symphony Center, this unique, European-style urban sanctuary celebrates the art of gracious living as a personal reflection of the proprietors’ French heritage. ...Read more