France Travel Diary: A Day In Levernois

In the gardens at Hostellerie de Levernois, France. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

One of the travel practices we’ve developed over the years is spending the first couple of days in the countryside. It’s a nice way to decompress and gently ease ourselves into the time zone.

Hostellerie de Levernois

This time we decided on the Hostellerie de Levernois just outside of Beaune. It was a perfect choice, with quiet location, beautiful grounds, attentive staff and fantastic food and wine.

To combat jet-lag, I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors, while moving as much as possible. We took several walks around the grounds and surrounding area yesterday.

Lawn chairs in gardens at Hostellerie de Levernois, France. Details at une femme d'un certain age.
Grounds of Hostellerie de Levernois, France. More at une femme d'un certain age.
Garden fountain in Levernois, France. More at une femme d'un certain age.
Snapdragons in gardens at Hostellerie de Levernois, France. Details at une femme d'un certain age.
Potager Bio at Hostellerie de Levernois, France. More at une femme d'un certain age.

The hotel has it’s own Potager Bio (organic vegetable garden) to provide produce for both the Gastonomique and Bistrot restaurants on site.

Potager Bio (organic vegetable garden) at Hostellerie de Levernois, France. More at une femme d'un certain age.
Entrance to garden bistro in Levernois, France. More at une femme d'un certain age.

Above, the street entrance to the Bistrot.

Roadside lending library in Levernois, France. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I thought this street-side lending library next to the Mairie (village administrative hall) looked inviting…

Our room was charming and comfortable.

We capped off the day with a wine tasting…

Bourgogne wine tasting in Levernois, France. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

While we often think of red wine when we think of Burgundy, they actually produce more whites. We learned about the climate, geology and soil conditions that make each appelation unique. We tasted wines at three of the four quality categories (Bourgogne, Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru). Then we toddled off to dinner at the Gourmet restaurant, (which was out of this world!)…

What I Wore To Dinner…

Susan B. of une femme d'un certain sits by fountain in Levernois, France.

But first stopped for a quick outfit photo. It was such a beautiful evening I could have just stayed here for hours. You’re right, that floral top (which I’m wearing as a jacket) wasn’t in my original 15. After checking the weather reports again right before we left, I made one quick swap and added one Wild Card.

Wearing: Jacket | Top (Plus) | Necklace | Pants (similar / Plus) | Shoes (similar)

I replaced the black floral top with this one, which I just rolled up and stuffed into a corner of the bag. It came out looking pristine. I also added one of my Easy White Shirts in linen. And a good thing too, as there’s now a major heatwave forecast for next week. 😫 I may have to re-think my “no dresses” stance and do a little quick shopping once we get into Beaune later today.

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30 Comments

  1. Alison M Gunn
    June 21, 2019 / 1:33 am

    Yes, it’s supposed to be in the 90s! Which it was the last time I was there this time of year, so at least it’s being consistent. Take it easy and don’t do what I did, which was forget to put on sunscreen! Have a good time.

  2. No Fear of Fashion
    June 21, 2019 / 5:14 am

    Apparently France is as unpredictable as the Netherlands weatherwise. We are anticipating a heat wave as well.
    Have fun with dress shopping. You have enough space in your suitcase. Love the shirt/jacket.
    Greetje

  3. June 21, 2019 / 6:06 am

    Wishing you a lovely summer dress! Chablis is probably the most famous white burgundy wine, but there are several others. Rosé is really taking off in France these days.

  4. Judy
    June 21, 2019 / 6:13 am

    I tend to pack similar outfits like yours Susan when traveling to Europe. Usually gone for more than a month at a time. After a couple of odd heat waves on my trips, I always now pack three or four light dresses. On my last trip to the Puglia region of Italy, I wore those dresses almost daily and in fact bought two more. This was last September. I had jackets I never wore. And ended up wearing the same sandals every day. Because I live in south Florida, I am use to the heat. However I was a bit off on the nearly 90 degrees each day and no rain. Stationed in Lecce, we rented a car and drove daily to towns in the heel of the boot. Loved it. This April in NZ and Australia, I rarely wore the dresses. You never know but I use a big suitcase to bring my new outfits home. No baggage fee with my credit card and never lost a bag yet. The umbrellas go everywhere, used or not.

  5. Mary Clifford
    June 21, 2019 / 6:19 am

    I am interested in your bag in the photo. Is this your crossbody? Or is this a bag that was used for packing and can serve double duty? Thanks for the beautiful pics of the countryside. We usually keep to Paris, but this inspires me to venture out a bit!

    • Susan B
      June 21, 2019 / 8:20 am

      Yes, it’s my Pearl crossbody. I’d just tucked the strap inside.

  6. Debra
    June 21, 2019 / 6:28 am

    Great outfit! I am also happy to revisit the hotel and Levernois – thank you. As far as shopping, you’re likely to find some great linen pieces this time of year (but you probably know that) as that seems to me to be what a lot of French women wear in the heat. And you are just in time for the soldes! Happy shopping!

  7. June 21, 2019 / 6:45 am

    What a pretty place! And I love the colors of your outfit, so soft, perfect for a French summer in my mind.

  8. Grace
    June 21, 2019 / 7:02 am

    You look lovely and very happy. Last year in Beaune I shopped at the ‘Gris Souris’ Prêt-à-porter féminin, in rue Monge. They had beautiful clothes and lovely accessories. It is a delightful town and area. We were staying at Hostellerie Le Cèdre which I recommend highly. A light silk dress and one in poplin or linen are very light to pack. I like to take a skirt too and fine silk pants for evening for Summer travel. (We are used to heatwaves here in Sydney, Australia )

    • Susan B
      June 21, 2019 / 8:17 am

      By strange coincidence, I was checking comments on my phone while le Monsieur was perusing some chocolates, and saw your recommendation for Gris Souris. I looked them up and saw they were just 1/2 block away. I popped in and they were SO nice and helpful. I did find one dress that I LOVE. Thank you!!

      • Victoria D.
        June 21, 2019 / 8:52 am

        That is amazing serendipity! I hope we see a picture of you in that dress soon.

      • Grace
        June 23, 2019 / 5:42 am

        Delighted you found something there! Great timing. I remember the lady who served me was very helpful. I’m enjoying your photos and posts very much(as always), thank you.

  9. MJ
    June 21, 2019 / 7:12 am

    Gorgeous!

  10. Jane
    June 21, 2019 / 8:07 am

    Thank you so much for your amazing photos. I’m going next year and have added Beaune to my list! You look so put together and comfortable as well.

  11. Nanette Catarinella
    June 21, 2019 / 8:25 am

    Lovely photos. Can you lease tell me what type of camera you are using.

    • Susan B
      June 21, 2019 / 9:53 am

      Hi Nanette, some were taken with my iPhone, some with my DSLR (Sony a6500).

  12. June 21, 2019 / 9:39 am

    How lovely. What were those buns next to the wine on the table? They looked wonderful. I love the country and have a tough time being in the busy cities during heat waves. What a great way to start your trip. Enjoy! Fun taking the trip with you.

    • Susan B
      June 21, 2019 / 9:49 am

      Hi Sandra, we think they were gougieres, a sort of cheesy puff pastry. You’d LOVE this place, it’s just magical!

      • lagatta à Montréal
        June 22, 2019 / 3:18 pm

        Gougères, though it is entirely possible that spelling and pronunciation vary by region. For some bizarre reason I can’t copy the wikipedia article (which is also in English and other languages).

  13. June 21, 2019 / 10:14 am

    What a beautiful location and I love your room! Our recent trip to Europe was a whirlwind of cities and prime tourist sites. While we enjoyed every moment, the day that we rented a car and wandered the backroads of Belgium was one we’ll always remember as a highlight. There is so much more to every country than its cities.

    • June 22, 2019 / 3:22 pm

      That is true. And for those of us who don’t drive, local trains and cycling (including bicycle hire) can provide that sense of place.

  14. Betty Goldberg
    June 21, 2019 / 10:19 am

    You look beautiful and relaxed. Thank you for sharing those lovely photos.
    Betty G.

  15. Eileen
    June 21, 2019 / 11:57 am

    I’m in Florence, a heat wave is on its way, up to 100. Right now it’s 85-90. I have my cotton dresses on! Have fun, the place looks marvelous

  16. June 21, 2019 / 12:15 pm

    Susan this looks so serene! What a beautiful post. Would love to be there now.

  17. Kay
    June 21, 2019 / 2:36 pm

    One of the best French things: the flowers. They are everywhere this time of year.

  18. Lucretia Roletta
    June 21, 2019 / 5:00 pm

    What a fabulous location! Love your pictures.

  19. Elizabeth
    June 22, 2019 / 1:54 pm

    While the blouse/jacket is beautiful, it’s rather expensive for polyester and that is uncomfortable in the heat. I know it’s Vince (quality) as I own some Vince sweaters although they were largely discounted.
    Have a great trip.

  20. Lynda Kern
    June 24, 2019 / 5:29 am

    Loved this posting! We spent a few days last October in Beaune as part of an 8 day private wine tour, loved the food, wine and French hospitality. Perfect wardrobe selections. Enjoy Paris.

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