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Known as one the world's premier wine regions, Bordeaux welcomes oenophiles and romantics alike. Glorious vineyards burst in the deep reds of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc just a short distance from your classic French villa near the town of Saint-Émilion. Bordeaux is a place to enjoy white linen table service, sip wine beside a private garden, spend a night at the classic theater, or wander around cobblestone streets and alleyways. Steeped in history, the Saint-Émilion area of this region is where the French themselves choose to vacation. Your vacation will be authentically French and uniquely Inspirato.
Wander on two wheels through the vineyards of Pomerol and Graves. Explore Romanesque churches and well-preserved ruins nearby. Bicycle rentals are popular in the region so ask your concierge to reserve yours ahead of time.
An hour-and-a-half drive brings you to Arcachon. Sit by the waters of Arachon Bay and dine on fresh oysters. You will meet the oyster producer and indulge in a complimentary sample of six fresh oysters with a glass of white wine.
Outside of Bordeaux, a guide will give you a tour of Pyla Dune, the largest sand dune in Europe. Hike to the top to see expansive views of the Bay of Arcachon, the Atlantic Ocean and the Landes forest.
Highly ranked among the top 15 golf courses in all of continental Europe, the Golf du Médoc offers golf lovers two elegant, remarkably designed courses that will challenge all levels of ability.
Closest to your residence, Saint-Émilion is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. Specializing in Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is less bold than the Medoc wines that are blended with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rising dramatically in the center of town, the Saint-Émilion Monolithic Church is both above ground and below. This church is Europe's largest monolithic cathedral, inspired by Benedictine monks and carved out of solid rock.
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Jardin Botanique is a municipal botanical garden in Bordeaux that dates back to 1855. Take a guided tour with your children or watch the ducks play and swim in the public center. Admission to see 85,000 specimens in the herbarium is complimentary.
Odd years (2017, 2019) are reserved for the Bordeaux-fête-le-fleuve, the "festival of the river." It celebrates the Garonne River with sailboat and yacht races. During even years (2018, 2020), Bordeaux hosts wine festivals, concerts, art exhibits, and fireworks.
The mild spring and fall are popular times to visit. In Spring, cherries hang off the trees and, in the fall, the scent of the grape crush fills the air. The busiest time for visitors in Bordeaux is mid-July to the end of August when rain is less frequent.
Foodies travel far and wide to visit the award-winning Troplong Mondot, a Michelin-starred restaurant set in the romantic vineyards just outside of Saint-Émilion. Locally grown produce is coupled with exquisite French fare.
The Bordeaux region sees all four seasons, and has reasonable rainfall, but the overall moderate climate make it perfect for growing grapes and enjoying the grapes' pleasures throughout the year. During the summer, the temperatures are the highest, with daytime highs in the 70s and the warmest months being July and August.