Is there nothing to do in winter?
Of course there are! Many sites are open to visitors all year round.
For example, you can make a day trip to the castle of Sully, the oratory of Germigny des prés, the abbey of St Benoit sur Loire and its interpretation centre.
Or stay close to B&B L'Echappée Belle and visit the Gien Faience Museum and the Castle Museum, then go to Briare to see the canal bridge and the enamels in the village church.
The beautiful village of Aubigny sur Nere awaits you, as well as its interpretation centre at the Stuart Castle, where you can discover why this piece of Scotland existed in French territory. You
can extend your route to the castle of La Chapelle d'Angillon, which is also open all year round. Why not extend this tour to discover the Pôle des étoiles in Nançay?
Or perhaps you would prefer to do some wine tourism. Visit the Menetou Salon and the La Borne ceramics centre in Henrichemont. Then on to Sancerre, where you will discover a beautiful village and
treat your taste buds.
Want to visit a royal city? Bourges, with its magnificent Jacques Coeur palace and cathedral, can be a day trip.
And of course, the banks of the Loire, the canals, the forests of Orléans and Sologne remain open!
Visit the last vinegar factory in Orleans
From December to March, you can enjoy guided tours of the Martin Pouret vinegar factory in Orléans.
Since the Middle Ages, Orléans has had several hundred vinegar factories and its wine vinegar is one of the most famous.
You can taste it at the table d'hôtes of L'Echappée Belle.
The last one in operation opens its doors to you on several dates from December to the end of February.
Parades, re-enactments, demonstrations, but also market and shows.
The Rose Route in May and June
For nature lovers, the Loiret has much to offer, with magnificent parks and arboretums to visit.
But the Loiret is also famous for its roses, and there is a tourist route dedicated to them.
L'Echappée Belle, with its rose garden, is one of the accommodations on this route.
Roses are in bloom from May to October, but the best time to see the most roses is between the end of May and June.
Numerous parks, rose gardens, rose growers... welcome you and show you their most beautiful roses. And like the table d'hôtes of L'Echappée Belle, the rose is also on the menus of the restaurants
along the route.
Last Sunday in May: the Acacia flowers Doughnut Festival
This is an original event, near L'Echappée Belle.
In Lion en Sullias, every last Sunday of May, the Acacia Flower Doughnut Festival is held.
Come and try this speciality and discover that honey is not the only purpose of this delicate flower.
There will also be concerts, a flea market, entertainment and a guided tour of the town.
1st WE of June, Wine Fair in Sancerre
The Wine Fair is back in the beautiful village of Sancerre. Take advantage of this event to visit but also to taste. You buy a glass at 6€ and you can go from stand to stand to taste the wines of
the different producers. With moderation, of course.
Rendez-Vous in the Gardens 1st WE in June
On the first weekend of june, in France, the "Rendez-vous aux jardins" will take place. This is an opportunity to discover the many parks and gardens in the region by taking advantage of special
events during the weekend.
You can also take advantage of the advice of gardeners or owners who will also be present for these days.
Among others, guided tours of the personal garden of André Eve, the famous rose gardener, or activities at the Château de la Bussière.
Sully sur Loire Festival in June
The music festival of Sully sur Loire (which also takes place in the surrounding communes) takes place in June.
Each year, internationally renowned artists of all styles perform in the Loiret (in 2021, Compay SegThe music festival of Sully sur Loire (which also takes place in the surrounding communes)
takes place in June.
undo, Gautier Capuçon, Joachim Horsley, Michel Portal, Electro Deluxe among others).
Aperitif at the Château on Saturday evenings. From 7pm to 11.45pm, music, wine and local products to taste.
The "Night of the Stars" with a visit of the castle in the dark and silence. Then an evening of observation on the deckchairs in front of the castle.
Or even night-time activities for the Heritage Days.
1st weekend in August: open cellars in Menetou Salon
Take advantage of this open cellar weekend to visit the Menetou Salon and meet the producers, visit their cellars and taste their wines.
There is a choice of traditional or modern cellars, like the one pictured here, which is brand new, from the producer who supplies L'Echappée Belle: Fraiseau-Leclerc.
The beautiful Château de Menetou Salon, on the Route Jacques Coeur, will also be open for visits and tastings this weekend!
Musical September in Argent/Sauldre
15 minutes from L'Echappée Belle, in the charming little town of Argent sur Sauldre, enjoy Septembre Musical d'Argent. Various concerts are offered with music of all periods and styles.
Mid Sept. to mid Oct. the deer squalls
Come in the autumn to hear the bellowing of the stags in the forests of Orléans or Sologne.
Specialists organise excursions and can accompany you to watch and listen to the bellows as closely as possible.
It is also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the forest at dusk and sometimes these excursions are accompanied by a traditional meal.
The Heritage Days
On the 16th and 17th of September, many events will take place in the region. Activities, conferences, open doors, themed tours, private châteaux exceptionally open to the public...
An opportunity to discover the rich history of the region.
A few examples of exceptional events: unusual visits to the Bussière Castle, guided visits to the National
Arboretum of Les Barres, guided visits to the personal garden of André Eve, famous French rose grower...
Loire Festival 2023
In 2023, as every two years, the largest gathering of river sailors will return to Orléans. From 20 to 24 September.
This year, the focus will be on the sailors of the Pays Basque and, to get away from the European continent, the navigation of the Saint Laurent River in Canada.
More than 200 boats, 700 sailors, hundreds of artists and exhibitors will help you relive the great era of river navigation.
And of course there will be plenty of entertainment: shanties, guinguettes, concerts, food and drink stands, street shows, sound and light shows, fireworks...
End of October, the Great Fires at La Borne-Henrichemont
During the last week of October, come and discover the pottery tradition at La Borne in Henrichemont. The rituals of working with clay and firing will no longer hold any secrets for you.
Traditional, contemporary and utility ceramics will be on display around the 18 wood-fired kilns that will be in operation during these days.
Visit the museums and workshops, attend demonstrations, exhibitions, guided tours... and take the opportunity to discover the history of the town of Henrichemont, linked to the great character of
December in L'Echappée Belle
In December, L'Echappée Belle is decked out in the colours of Christmas, with its decorations, its chocolates for customers and, above all, its Provençal village of Santons. Being from Provence,
I keep the tradition alive!
It will be the occasion for you to enjoy the animations and the Christmas markets: in Gien, Chatillon sur Loire, Argent sur Sauldre or St Sauveur en Puisaye, but also the animation "Christmas at
the castle of Bussière" or the "historical visit" of the castle of Sully sur Loire.
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