During a gourmet getaway on the Vintage Wine Road or during family holidays spent in the beautiful Burgundy countryside, travellers will thoroughly enjoy their stop in Dijon, the historical centre of the former Duchy and now a wine capital. The charming hotels and restaurants selected by les Collectionneurs will serve to enhance any stay in Côte-d'Or.
Located on the route of the Paris-Lyon railroad line, Burgundy's capital city is easily accessible by train, as well as car using the motorway network. From the north, entering Dijon takes travellers through the Suzon Valley or the lush hillsides of the Ouche River Valley, while those taking the southern approach will cross vineyards extending along rolling hills before reaching Dijon's urbanised zone. Once the last vestiges of the initial Roman settlement and the Haussmann-era boulevards have been crossed off the last, travellers will be struck by the historical centre of Burgundy's former Duchy, dotted with half-timbered homes, Romanesque and Gothic churches and manor houses. A heritage that encapsulates the city's rich past, the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, built beginning in the 14th century, remains Dijon's most iconic monument.
The Tower Of Philippe the Good, a 14th-century lookout post, offers a panoramic view overlooking the city with its one hundred bell towers and buildings topped by ornate varnished tile roofs. The Fine Art Museum, with one of France's most extensive collections, has occupied the eastern wing of the palace since 1799. Entirely renovated, this museum displays 1500 works of art compiled from collections that are sure to delight art and history buffs. Further on, the museum dedicated to the sculptor François Rude, hosted in a part of the former Saint-Étienne Church, offers a truly one-of-a-kind visit.
Like a trip down memory lane, strolling the pedestrian streets will unveil many of Dijon's treasures to visitors. Simply follow the owl, this city's mascot, who guides tourists to the featured sites within the preserved central quarter. This route will lead to the Saint-Bénigne Cathedral and then onto the place du Bareuzai. Rue Verrerie contains a large number of historical monuments from the Medieval period. Just around the corner, the Owl District wraps around the Church of Notre-Dame. As legend has it, this nocturnal creature sculpted into the facade wields the power to grant wishes. Opposite stands the Millière House, a Gothic style half-timbered residence dating from the 15th century, where notably sequences in the Cyrano de Bergerac movie were filmed. Foodies will discover the charming shops like Fallot's artisanal mustard shop. To conclude your Dijon visit with a feeling of serenity, simply stroll along the Canal de Bourgogne near the marina, where handsome barges are moored, or walk around any of the city's many gardens, which are sometimes hidden between two Renaissance period monuments.
Since Dijon's appeal lies in its extensive and impeccably well preserved heritage, travelers will appreciate staying at a charming les Collectionneurs hotel tucked away in a former stately residence, tastefully renovated. These half-timbered homes or public buildings from the 17th century represent just a sample of Dijon's illustrious past. This cozy atmosphere will leave you with an unforgettable memory of your Burgundy getaway. While the spacious rooms and suites fitted with top-quality beds and fully-equipped bathrooms offer optimal comfort, some visitors might prefer a room with plenty of character depending on the nature of the stay. A suite tucked away under the roof with exposed wood beams creates a most romantic atmosphere.
Room service and on-site dry cleaning are available in most hotels. To facilitate family stays, a babysitting service is typically available upon request. In-room WiFi connections and flat-screen televisions are available in each of the listed establishments. For your relaxation, the handpicked les Collectionneurs establishments offer a number of sporting activities, including tennis court rental and golf course access. Some hotels even offer their guests the possibility to participate in a cooking class hosted by a distinguished chef. Travellers looking for peace and quiet will love swimming in an indoor heated pool for a truly relaxing private moment.
Situated in the middle of the Côte-d'Or Department, Dijon sits at the epicentre of a region loaded with attractions. From the City of the Dukes of Burgundy, it is quite easy to spend a full day exploring the Wine Road, with short hops from one renowned winery to the next. Wine villages like Gevrey-Chambertin, Vougeot and Vosne-Romanée define "Burgundy's wine terroir zones" and all serve to constitute a UNESCO World Heritage listing. Wine lovers will be unable to resist stopping in for a tasting or a winery tour. To the south lies the charming town of Beaune, guarded by its surrounding ramparts. Beyond the prestigious wine houses and the famous Hospices to be visited without fail, the intimate charm of Beaune beckons you to stop long enough to enjoy a stroll. In the vicinity, remarkable tourist sites are not in short supply, as exemplified by the Cîteaux Abbey where monks are still busy at work crafting the cheese that bears their abbey's name. To the north, travellers will enjoy walking in the Chablis winegrowing sector, or to the west hiking the trails of the Morvan Forest.
Travellers simply need to book a hotel in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to discover this magnificent region any time of year. To recharge the batteries, nothing beats a stay at a charming spa hotel and making the most of the facility's wellness centre or indulging in a relaxing massage in a magical setting.
While the Duke's city can take pride in its renown as a wine capital, it is no less a temple for gastronomy. Its tremendous library contains the oldest texts dedicated to the culinary arts. Every year, Dijon hosts among other events the International Gastronomy Fair at its Congrexpo venue. Let's not overlook mentioning Dijon's stunning central city marketplace, the heart and soul of a city that cherishes its local cuisine. This authentic and creative culinary culture is precisely what the chefs selected by les Collectionneurs are hoping to convey.
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