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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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Hotel and restaurant on a lake. Forget about cars – here your vehicle is the canoe. Canoe Bay offers a different rhythm, another way of looking at things, where you always have plenty of time and feel at one with nature. Set in a well-preserved, enchanting part of Wisconsin, the property features Prairie-style cottages designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. Simple pleasures like a stroll through the woods, a swim in the lake or tasting great vintages from the wine cellar will make your days memorable. The lakeside terraces invite you to gaze at the view, daydream or read. Light floods into the cedarwood interiors and soothes the senses. This is a refuge for the most romantic souls. ... Learn moreless
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.
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.
Restaurant in town. Chef Joho embodies the American dream: 30 years after leaving his native France, he has become one of the most respected chefs in the U.S. Everest, his restaurant on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, offers stunning views of the city through large bay windows. Joho offers personalized French cuisine, creating delicious surprises with combinations like foie gras or caviar paired with the humble potato and turnip. In honor of his homeland, Alsace wines star in many of his recipes, like Roasted Maine Lobster in Alsace Gewürztraminer Butter and Ginger. Everest is also home to a remarkable collection of works by contemporary artists. ... Learn moreless
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Restaurant and hotel in the country. “Epicurean” and “romantic” are the words that best describe Langdon Hall: warm interiors with silky fabrics and wood paneling, tranquil grounds with century-old trees and a pond reflecting the elegant manor house… In the kitchen, every detail counts. Each meal is unforgettable, transforming the finest local ingredients into sophisticated dishes that are as elegant as the setting. For added relaxation, the spa offers sublime body and beauty treatments and there are guided visits to an extraordinary garden. Just a 90-minute drive from Toronto and the Niagara area, this is the place for those who love beauty. ... Learn moreless
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 …
Restaurant in town. Alo is making its mark in Toronto. On the third floor of a building in Chinatown, Patrick Kriss and Amanda Bradley have chosen the most unexpected of places for this sophisticated restaurant, guarding its air of mystery. Wide parquet floors, large windows that look over the street and allow in natural light, detailing all in copper... every aspect of this space, including its sound design, is intended to create a warm, welcoming, and energising setting. In his open kitchen, Patrick Kriss has developed his own idea of dining through a tasting menu full of surprises. It is the culmination of many hours of work, beginning with the time spent sourcing the best products, local or not. ... Learn moreless
The Toronto Maple Leafs team is one of the most prestigious in the NHL, the North American Hockey League (on ice).13-time winner of the famous Stanley Cup (the last dating back to 1967!), the Toronto team plays almost all its matches to a full house at the Air Canada Center. If you can’t get a place, follow the match in one of the town’s bars. Intense atmosphere guaranteed!
Paris has its Eiffel Tower, Toronto has its CN Tower! Built at the heart of the town between 1973 and 1976, this concrete needle offers a spectacular view over Toronto and the surrounding areas (except on hazy days). A glass-sided elevator takes panorama lovers up to 342m above ground level (the summit of the antenna reaches 555m), where you can walk out… onto a glass platform.
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 …
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 …
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. In a gorgeously green and unspoilt part of Pennsylvania, halfway between Pittsburgh and Buffalo, lies this charming lodge on a 1500-acre property. Built in the 1920s and handed down from one generation of the Dorn family to the next, Glendorn is now owned by J. Cliff Forrest who ensures it retains all its original charm and authenticity. The main lodge and individual cabins are built with sequoia wood and blend perfectly into the breathtaking natural surroundings. In the forest of hemlock spruces, it is not uncommon to spot foxes, deer, bears or beavers and there are 7.25km of privately owned banks along Fuller Brook for fly fishing, accompanied by experienced guides. With numerous options for adventure, plus top-calibre culinary experiences, and the Forest Spa, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy. ... Learn moreless
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 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.