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Routes du Bonheur

Relais & Chateaux congratulates BMW for its 100th birthday
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Routes du Bonheur

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.

 

A bit of history
In the mid 1950s the so-called ‘Blue’ train from Paris’ Gare de Lyon lead passengers along the route from Paris to the Côte d’Azur. A road was built in parallel to the train, and outposts of fine French taste started to flourish along this route. As the owners of one of these establishments, Marcel and Nelly Tilloy saw an opportunity to band together with other locales sharing the same unflagging passion for hospitality and excellent cuisine. They offered an enticing culinary itinerary, encouraging travellers to explore all the spots. Soon this itinerary acquired the moniker “La Route du Bonheur” or “Road of Happiness” .

BMW – official partner of the Routes du Bonheur
The BMW 100th anniversary celebrations come with an added attraction for fans of the Route du Bonheur. The BMW Centenary Route du Bonheur links the source of the original Route du Bonheur and the birthplace of BMW. Embark on an extraordinary journey, encountering gems of art, culture and gastronomy along the way.
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112 Routes du Bonheur

United States (East)
United States (East)
Patrick O'Connell
From Washington DC to the plantations of South Carolina
Patrick O'Connell
More than 50 years ago Relais & Châteaux was first conceived as a travel itinerary from Paris to the South of France with stops at charming and unique properties along the way. This travel...
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United States (East)
United States (East)
Richard Gere
A getaway to New York and surrounding areas
Richard Gere
Known all over the world, Richard Gere is an actor with an impressive filmography: Days of Heaven, American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentleman, The Cotton Club, Pretty Woman, Chicago, and most recently,...
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United States (East)
United States (East)
Connecticut to Rhode Island – travels and well-being
Yoga, Tai Chi, spa, hot air balloon ride through the green valleys of Connecticut, swimming, art gallery tours, sail boating, birdwatching in Rhode Island — so far from and yet so close to New...
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United States (East)
United States (East)
Pennsylvania to Vermont - nature in America
This is American nature in patchwork, composed of rolling landscapes and wildflower prairies, farming land and rich forests. A trip from the Hudson Valley, to the verdant shores of Saranac Lake and...
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United States (East)
United States (East)
Brad Read
My Route du Bonheur on the East Coast, USA
Brad Read
I have spent my life on sailing boats - or just next to them. I have been tacking the length of New England since I was four years old. This is more than just a passion, it's an entire lifetime...
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United States (East)
United States (East)
From New York to New England
A journey of real contrasts from the hectic avenues of New York City to the rocky coast of Maine. Ancient and contemporary history of America– from elegant white church steeples to glass skyscrapers....
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United States (East)
United States (East)
E. Bonnie Schaefer
My Route du Bonheur on the East Coast of the United States
E. Bonnie Schaefer
As the former Co-Chairman of a worldwide retail chain of specialty stores, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively and experience the world’s most enticing destinations, immersing myself...
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United States (East)
United States (East)
Jean Joho
USA and Canada along the Great Lakes
Jean Joho
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...
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Canada East
Canada East
Normand Laprise
Quebec : from Montreal to the Saint Lawrence River
Normand Laprise
Normand Laprise is a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef and runs one of the country’s finest restaurants. I was born in 1961 and spent most of my childhood on a farm, in the municipality of...
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United States (West / Hawaii)
United States (West / Hawaii)
New Mexico to Texas - cities and spirit of the south
Departing Santa Fe–America’s oldest city– heading for Houston, this route unveils some remains of old Native American villages and the deepest caves in the United States. Like oases...
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