Intense winds shook the maple tree mere feet from the dock of the tarn and buffeted the side of Gilpin Lake House during my escape from Paris. No matter what, I was prepared to make thorough use of the getaway and reveled in the property’s perfect conditions for peaceful idleness.
Bubbly isn’t the only reason to visit Reims. Set just beyond the city center and surrounded by 7 hectares of verdant parkland is a place of culinary wonder. At Les Crayeres, inventive Michelin-starred dining comes together with classically-appointed interiors to royal effect.
Universally, Provence evokes insouciant getaways, strolls through rolling hills and vineyards, and idyllic villages paved with cobblestones. Hôtel Crillon Le Brave brings those images to life, with exquisite views of the Mont Ventoux, whiffs of lavender in the spring and truffles in the fall.