Côte d'Or, Burgundy, France for a Long Bike Ride & the Best Wine

I’ve always been fascinated by all things French – the language, the food, the effortless style is just so captivating. So for my husband’s and my first anniversary, we planned a trip to Paris. Neither of us had been, and everything came together just right.

We planned a two-week stay. While in our hotel room one night, we ran onto a documentary called A Year in Burgundy, which follows seven wine-making families for the course of a year and allows viewers to take an intimate peek at the culture and creativity that’s so undeniably present in the process. When it was over, we looked at each other like “we just have to go there,” and the Googling commenced. In the spirit of spontaneity, we woke up early the next morning and took a cab to the airport, where we caught a high-speed train to Beaune. From there, we rented bikes and wine-tasted our way down Voie des Vignes (Vineyard Way) on the velo (bike) route. The food pairings were also incredible, as could be expected.

You can feel in the air how deeply rooted the tradition of winemaking is to the people here. Not only that, but cultural tradition in general. The locals and the winemakers speak with such passion and excitement. It was truly inspiring. At the end of the day, it was hard to return to Paris. And that’s saying something. : )

Insider Tip

The bike route from Beaune is only available in the summer months. In the fall and winter, take the train to Dijon, rent a car and drive the route through the vineyards instead.

Where I stayed / started

Hotel Helussi (Paris)


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