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Where to stay for two nights in Champagne region?

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Where to stay for two nights in Champagne region?

I have been putting a trip together for April/May 2009. I found a nice B&B in a town called Ay. Does anyone have any informationa about this area and is it a good location for seeing the Champagne region? We will have a car. Thanks for any imput.

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1. Re: Where to stay for two nights in Champagne region?

Ay is a village very close to the main Champagne town of Epernay. The village is dominated by the Bollinger Champagne House but with a few other Champagne Houses there too. I'm not sure you would find good restaurants there, but it's easy to drive to Epernay (10 minutes?) and certainly a good base to tour the region - it would be about 30-40 minutes drive to the city of Reims from there.

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Winetravelguide,

Thanks so much for the feedback on Ay. I think that is where we will stay. I am really looking forward to seeing the Champagne region. Do you have any favorites in the area? Do I need to make a reservation to see the Champagne houses in Ay?

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I don't know about Ay, since I visited houses in Reims and Epernay, but my hands down favorite was Moet and Chandon in Epernay, followed by Mumm in Reims, and lastly Tattinger in Reims.

You will have a wonderful time just driving through the countryside of Champagne. If you go to Reims, I highly recommend seeing the Cathedral there-

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4. Re: Where to stay for two nights in Champagne region?

This website is very useful:

maisons-champagne.com/traduction/english/lim…

If you check eache marque on the list, you will find those based in Ay, which include Ayala and Bollinger.

The site has contact details for each place, and tells you about visits if they are allowed.

A Votre Sante!

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5. Re: Where to stay for two nights in Champagne region?

As you have a car one of the best ways of seeing the region is to follow the signs 'Champagne Route' see www.aube-champagne.com/route_champagne.php… for more details.

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6. Re: Where to stay for two nights in Champagne region?

Some Champagne Houses require advanced reservations, some do not. In Epernay, you can visit Moet & Chandon and also Mercier, both worth a visit even if they are large without an appointment. Champagne specialist writer Tom Stevenson on my on-line guides also recommends Boizel as somewhere more intimate to visit in Epernay, but here you must make an appointment (www.champagne-boizel.fr).

For a visit to the wonderful House of Bollinger, you need a personal introduction via an importer/distributor or you need to go with a group, but maybe the owners of your B&B can help.

Good luck!

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Thank you all so much for the helpful information. I love this sight because you can save all the information and then print it out to take with you. I did get a reservation at the Chateau Etoges in the champagne region. The other chateau was booked already for next year. I am really looking forward to our trip. Thanks.

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8. Re: Where to stay for two nights in Champagne region?

I visited Mumm and Moet & Chandon when I was in Reims last Sunday. For my money, the Mumm presentation didn't hold a candle to Moet & Chandon's. The Mumm tour consisted of a short film, a walk down a hallway containing some vintage wine-making tools, a map overview, and some dioramas depicting the three grape types used in their champagne. At Moet & Chandon, we actually got to go down into the wine caves...very cool (literally and figuratively). ;)

Oh, and I know you didn't ask for this, but I was so thrilled with a restaurant experience I had in Reims that I have to throw it in, too. Restaurant La Table Anna just blew our socks off...it was absolutely adorable inside, the food was better than most of what we had in Paris, and the service was very warm. Prices were QUITE reasonable (prix fixe options were available), especially considering the quality of the food. Have fun!

http://www.latableanna.com/lacarte.htm

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9. Re: Where to stay for two nights in Champagne region?

Like Parris, we are also planning a 2 week trip to the wine regions of France ~Jun 2009. One concern we have is drinking and driving. Assuming we will be visiting multiple wineries and restaurants (dine & more wine), we are unsure if it will be a good idea to have our own car. Any thoughts anyone?

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10. Re: Where to stay for two nights in Champagne region?

Perth,

That is a great question because some countries have a ZERO tolerance for any liquor in your system. Perhaps a local could answer the question.