As the weather warms up, get outside with a blanket, basket of goodies and the entire family. Here are the six best cities for your next family picnic.
Close-up view of the Eiffel Tower. Landscaped gardens. An indoor swimming pool. Vegetarian and vegan wellness menus. And a butler and babysitting services. Oh yes, the elegant and sophisticated, 5-star Shangri-La Hotel welcomes families in regal style. The cast-iron gateway, the imposing porte-cochere, the domed foyer and grand stairway at this Monument Historique feels like the magnificent 19th-century family palace it was built to be for Prince Roland Bonaparte, grand-nephew of Napoleon. (The learned aristocrat, world traveler and passionate botanist entertained the leading minds of the early 20th century there.)
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
I’m an unabashed Francophile, a former French teacher and a frequent traveler to France. After seven trips to Burgundy, traveling by car and on barge and riverboat cruises with my late husband or with friends, I returned alone, last September, to experience the vendange (grape harvest). I was in the vineyards and wine cellars at Olivier Leflaive and Chateau de Pommard, and met winemakers, innkeepers, sommeliers, a masseuse and a mustard-maker at Fallot, in Beaune. And, after many years on my bucket list, I finally had the opportunity to stay at a famous gastronomic destination, Relais Bernard Loiseau. It also happens to be a warmly welcoming, family-friendly, family-operated inn with two indoor swimming pools, located in the naturally scenic region of the Morvan forest, with its granite mountains, lakes and outdoor adventures.