2 nights in amboise for honeymoon
wanted to get some specific ideas for amboise, will be here two nights
saying here so walking distance would be nice
34, Quai Charles Guinot, 37400 Amboise, France
Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes
The first night looking for a nicer place, the second evening we will be wine tasting all day so probably more "fun/upbeat" atmosphere or more wine something along those lines
Have only been to Amboise once and none of the food we had was really outstanding. We ate at the simple Anne de Bretagne and it was good for what we needed. We also ate at L'Alliance which was dressy and better, but still nothing sticks out as being OMG.
If you like sweets, be sure to go to Bigot Patissiere - great chocolates and salt caramels.
We were in Amboise last July and your planned itinerary mirrors ours to a T. We stayed at Les Minimes and loved it. Stylish but not stuffy. Our windows looked out on the courtyard, chateau and river. The breakfasts in the hotel were quite good. We also ate at both Epicerie and the Le Pavillon de Lys. It was summer so both meals were outside. The food was very good - not exactly memorable in an OMG kind of way - but very very good and I would certainly recommend both. If you are in Amboise on Sunday the market is quite something and worth a stroll through. Great selection of local produce, wine, cheese, etc. We also went to Chenonceau and while lovely it was quite crowded on a Sunday. We also managed to hit a mushroom festival along the way in one of the small towns and missed the black sausage festival by a week - so check the local listings for similar fetes. Quite fun and great stories to tell. I think you will enjoy Amboise. We're going back this summer for two days as well and looking forward to staying at Les Minimes. I'll post a couple pics from another computer. So share your finds and recommendations. And congrats on your marriage. Have a wonderful time.
LÉpicerie is a wonderful restaurant just in the shadow of the Chateau. Don't miss.
Also, while in town, don't miss Clos Lucé, Leonardo Da Vinci's last home, a very interesting venue, a lot of mock ups of his inventions (he was hundreds of years ahead of his time). He carried with him to France 3 of his paintings, one of which was the Mona Lisa, and that's the reason it is today in the Louvre in Paris...
Due east up the river some 25km is a winemakers' hangout, a wine bar in an old country inn. Chef is Cécile Argondico; her boyfriend is rising star winemaker Thierry Puzelat. This place is on our short list for next time we're in the area.
L'Herbe Rouge, Le Bourg, Valaire. 02.54.44.98.14
Ok now that I am closer to the trip I am trying to figure out what wineries to go to
Does anyone have any experience with this winery? I guess this is one of the places that they are recommending we stop at for wine:
The white wine of Azay le Rideau, dry or medium dry, is made from
100% Pineau de Loire. The resultant wine is very fruity and zingy
Visit a cellar and wine tasting
Looks like we are visiting Cheanonceau / Azay le Rideau / Villandry & then going to la herpiniere winery
however i can make some changes to that
Is there any place or two that is a not miss for lunch in Azay le Rideau?
Also is there any "not to miss" winery while we are there?
The best wineries in that area are IMO the Vouvray ones about 8KM from Amboise. There is a coop store or 2 right in the center of Vouvray, but the real treats lie in the little signs directing you to the small artisan wine producers.
I found one last Sept, Domaine Huet, in the countryside outside of Vouvray. Many other small producers have the caves open. Just ring the bell. They will provide tastings. Vouvray is a lovely white off-dry Touraine wine.
i dont know enough about wine to know the differences - i know we like chablis and the we like the feudi di san gregorio white wines (italy)
not sure if that means la herpiniere or vouray is a better fit for that tasting - i believe we only have time to stop at one winery during the day unless we take out seeing one of the chateau's - which i probably dont want to do
i have read up on domaine huet, that seems to be a well respected winery - the herpiniere seems interesting because it is all organic, but that doesnt mean they make the best wine or have the best tours, just not much info on them - anyone ever been to their winery that could compare / contrast domaine huet?
ok i just mapquested the chateaus they want to show us
domaine huet is north and west of chateaneau (which is a must see for us) and then from Azay le Rideau / Villandry it is north and east, and the LA HERPINIERE
is right in between azay le rideau and villandry
So basically to fit in domaine huet would have to restructre some of the chateau's or skip one of them, seems like an hour drive from either of the 3 chateaus they have listed - not sure an hour in the car each way is worth that winery (or any winery) is it?
if anyone else mapquests it you can see the dilema