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May 9, 2011 11:12 PM

Beaujolais region

Any one with things to see and do in the region would be great. Foodie/wine visits would be great + restaurant suggestion.



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  1. can't give you a whole lot for restos, but these sites should help you find things to do and see, wineries, and accommodations: -- office of tourism for Macon the more-or-less capital of Beaujolais

    Schedule of wine festivals for the summer throughout the region:

    This is a page for a particular hotel, but it's a pretty concise list of the high points:

    and from the village of Julienas - also a pretty tight list:

    (yes, the misspelling is the actual web address


    and the official French Ministry of Tourism website for all of France -- tons of articles on the site and external links, all listed here:

    (all these sites are in English)

    1. See Hotel Faurie in St. Agreve in this wonderful thread:

      St Agrève is south of the Beaujolais region, in beautiful Ardèche.

      In fact there is a lot of info on Burgundy on this forum. Have you tried searching under burgundy or bourgogne?
      Lastly I also agree that if you try to go to Burgundy, Annecy and the Beautjolais or Ardèche regions in a week, you are trying to do too much and end up enjoying much less than if you focused better.
      As much as I love Annecy, for such a short time, the two bases I would pick would be Burgundy and Ardèche, mostly because the two regions offer more of a contrast in food and landscape.

      1. Chantal Chagny's one-star Le Cep in Fleurie is a do-not-miss. Refined versions of local cuisine, a great list of local wines, in a very friendly atmosphere. I would even recommend eating there more than once during your time in the area.

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        1. re: rswatkins

          Then degustez at Alain Coudert's vignoble in Fleurie and cart off several cases.

        2. Again, you can drive the rolling hills between beaujolais villages in a matter of minutes. Many producers are open for tasting and selling. Beware the lunch hour when some may be closed. The country is beautiful and distances are short. Below are the hill at Brouilly, the actual Moulin au Vent and the Roche de Salutré, in front of which are the villages of Pouilly and Fuissé.

          1. Under the caption of "the unexpected", we found ourselves hunting for dinner one night when our host was not serving. It got later and later and we finally headed into Villefranche, thinking that a large town would give us more options. As we drove into town at 8pm, the streets were literally being rolled up. I finally saw a faint neon sign down a side street and we roared up in front. Restaurant Trakya. Turkish. The son of the owners warmly welcomed us, was thrilled to be hosting Americans and proceeded to order our dinner. Everything I suggested he countered with, "No, no. I have something better", finally even convincing us to order a Turkish rosé in Beaujolais!

            Mom and Pop were in the kitchen, cooking their hearts out and we had an extraordinary meal of a half dozen appetizers followed by ground lamb "sausage". When we begged off dessert, his mother came running out of the kitchen with two portions of her special pastry. Needless to say, the tab was absurdly low.

            When we left, the entire family came to the door to wave us good-bye.

            Restaurant Trakya
            119, rue de la Quarantaine
            69400 Vilefranche sur Saône

            open 7/7, lunch and dinner

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            1. re: mangeur

              Hilarious story. I love Turkish cuisine. Mangeur, you are putting Villefranche sur Saône on the map. Geographically this is just right for our drive from Uzes to Mirmande coming up in June. Now I have to convince the others that we must stop where there's no there there.

              1. re: mangeur

                " Everything I suggested he countered with, "No, no. I have something better", finally even convincing us to order a Turkish rosé in Beaujolais!"

                Sound of this would scare me in Turkey, but this has to be the best example of genuine hospitality... Always with great stories to share. Thank you.