Beaune is one of my favourite small towns in France. I’m there often because it’s a brilliant spot to spend a few days before or after a Burgundy barge cruise on the Impressionniste, La Belle Époque, Finesse and Prospérité – all superb barges that are in my top 10!
I read once that visiting Beaune and ignoring the wine would be like visiting Vegas and ignoring the casinos. Indeed, Beaune is all about wine; wine shops scattered everywhere through the town; the landscape surrounding it is vineyards, vineyards and more vineyards; and the ancient 15th century hospice that dominates the town centre raises funds for charity each year from a world-famous wine auction. Everyone in Beaune thinks about, talks about, dreams about wine!
Beaune is an exquisite town – stunning architecture, the ubiquitous cobblestone streets, a cute weekly market, wonderful wine and really fabulous restaurants. And of course it’s surrounded by the world-renowned Côte de Beaune vineyards. A bottle of Romanée Conti can set you back $20,000 or so…! But don’t stress, you can buy superb Burgundy wine for a “normal” price. There’s literally thousands of winemakers in Burgundy!
I always stay at the Hotel Le Cep in Beaune. It’s gorgeous and has a beautiful little courtyard to relax and have a glass of… wine!