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Where to Stay During a Cooking Vacation? Consider a French Auberge

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When you're traveling in Europe, there's plenty of choices when it comes to choosing where to stay during your next cooking vacation. In France, in particular, accommodation choices range from the deluxe, such as a 5-star hotel or a chateau, to places that are a bit more rustic, such as a B&B. But there's another option to add to your list: an auberge.

Chef Reine's aubergeSimply put, an auberge is a country inn. Traditionally, they're renovated historic homes and buildings, no matter what province of France that you're in. In ways they're similar to a bed and breakfast, because each room is often decorated a bit different than the next, and your hosts strive to make you feel like you're at home. Auberges are also particularly suited toward providing guests with a culinary adventure, as many auberge owners and chefs strive to offer only regional cuisine made with local products, whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Last but most definitely not least, you won't be sacrificing quality when staying at an auberge; many offer comfortable but luxurious accommodations, even while you're staying out in the countryside.

In Provence, for one, we offer a 5-night cooking vacation with Chef Reine Sammut at her elegant but modern Auberge la Fenière. Situated among beautiful gardens, the rooms are located in three different buildings. For our program in particular, the accommodations are in a renovated horse stable that now boasts five separate spacious suites that feature king-size beds and all the amenities, including a pool just steps outside the terrace door. When not relaxing and enjoying the lovely property, you'll be inspired by the always-passionate Chef Reine, as she teaches you to make traditional Provencal and Mediterranean cuisine.

Gascony aubergeAnother auberge option, located in southwest France, is with Gascony Cookery School. The husband and wife owners, David and Vikki, renovated this inn to feature five classically-furnished guest rooms. They've even added a terrace that is situated around the ruins of a village house. Just as the rooms are decorated in a regional way, their food focuses on regional ingredients and dishes, such as foie gras.

Does staying in an auberge interest you? Contact us today and we can find the perfect accommodations to suit your needs on your next culinary adventure.

By Liz Hall

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