Burgundy
Bastion Ste. Anne
Anne Zakula | Jul 21, 2014
See + Do | Hotels

Nestled within the ancient walls of one of France's most beloved food and wine towns, you'll find a beguiling hideaway for tw more...

Charente-Maritime
Cuisine 102: More Atlantic France Delicacies
Dave Bowden | Jul 8, 2014
Eat + Drink | Cuisine

In Cuisine 101 we introduced you to the stars of the Charente-Maritime department, oysters and mussels. Seafood not your thin more...

Charente-Maritime
Cuisine 101: Charente-Maritime Cuisine
Olivier Maillard | Jul 8, 2014
Eat + Drink | Cuisine

Oysters and seafood are the stars of Charente-Maritime cuisine, a region renowned for arguably the finest oyster cultivation more...

Atlantic France
In Deep: Île d’Oléron
Olivier Maillard | Jul 8, 2014
See + Do | Must Sees

Like the neighbouring island of Île de Ré, Île d'Oléron is a famously fashionable island oasis off the coast of mainland more...

Atlantic France
In Deep: Île de Ré
Olivier Maillard | Jul 8, 2014
See + Do | Must Sees

Connected to the medieval harbour city of La Rochelle, Île de Ré is a favourite retreat of France’s affluent elite. more...

Burgundy
The Order of Burgundy
Eugenie Weiss | Jul 3, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

There’s no prize to win – just fun. And a little bit of pride when you guess it all right on the first go. more...

Provence
Explorer’s Index: Six Reasons To Visit Provence
Dave Bowden | Jun 3, 2014
See + Do | Must Sees

There are myriad reasons to visit Provence, but after years spent wandering the countryside, we've narrowed it down to six. more...

Champagne
Best Adventure Travel Destinations 2014
Dave Bowden | May 23, 2014
Accolades | Media Mentions

Travel + Leisure: Butterfield & Robinson introduces riders to several of France’s legendary appellations on this casual sip more...

Burgundy
#myBNR: Burgundy
Dave Bowden | May 22, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

There are few places that mean more to us than Burgundy, our European home. Check out a few shots that should help illustrate more...

Atlantic France
#myBNR: Atlantic France
Dave Bowden | May 22, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Among those in the know, the Ile d’Oléron and Ile de Ré are the most famous and fashionable islands along the French Atla more...

Burgundy
2014 Guide Kick Off
Dave Bowden | May 20, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Have you ever gone to a party where everyone is the host? I have. more...

Poitou-Charentes
Cognac: Holding Court
Since 1869
Olivier Maillard | Apr 11, 2014
Eat + Drink | Cuisine

Atlantic France’s most famous beverage is probably Cognac, the strong but smooth spirit endorsed by Napoleon Bonaparte hims more...

Burgundy
Celebrated Living: High Rollers
Dave Bowden | Mar 13, 2014
Accolades | Media Mentions

"When anyone asks me what my favorite all-time trip was, it always comes down to the B&R cycling journeys I've relished." more...

Loire Valley
Five Reasons to Visit Loire Valley with Your Family
Kathy Stewart | Feb 20, 2014
Listed | 5 Reasons

Before you check out the slideshow and find out just what makes the Loire Valley such a perfect destination for families, a b more...

France
Experts + Insiders:
Geoff Sandquist
Dave Bowden | Feb 20, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

When B&R began the search for a new Director of European Operations this past fall, we didn't need to look very far. more...

France
Experts + Insiders:
Jérôme Boré
Dave Bowden | Feb 19, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

Born in France, Jerome Bore describes himself as "a true gastronome" with a deep passion for food and wine. more...

Normandy
On Omaha Beach, Bravery Remembered
Marya Valli | Jan 24, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Today, Omaha Beach, which once bore so much violence, has given way to a series of beautiful, if stoic, tributes to the many more...

Bordeaux
USA TODAY: World-Famous Wines in Bordeaux
Dave Bowden | Dec 5, 2013
Accolades | Media Mentions

"Among the vines are those of Chateau Petrus, possibly the world's most exclusive and expensive wine." more...

Provence
Rave Reviews: Provence
Dave Bowden | Nov 30, 2013
Accolades | Testimonials

Check out what some of our amazing travellers have to say about the land of lavender fields, Provence. more...

Burgundy
Where to Eat: Beaune Restaurants
B&R Staff | Oct 25, 2013
Eat + Drink | Resto

A varied and distinguished contingent of Beaune restaurants make the local fare served on a plate almost as enjoyable as that more...

Alsace
The White Storks of Alsace
Erik Rutherford | Oct 24, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

For many centuries, the white storks of Alsace have been a yearly presence during the warmer months, and have featured largel more...

Burgundy
Q&A With David Butterfield
Dave Bowden | Oct 22, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

It’s been 26 years since David Butterfield first set foot in Burgundy, and boy how times have changed. more...

Provence
Provence: A Light
That Inspires
Dave Bowden | Oct 21, 2013
See + Do | Must Sees

"(Provence) has a certain elegance in the presentation of itself," says B&R guide and Provence specialist Thilo Erhardt. more...

European Wine Regions
Departures: Top Tier
Wine Experiences
Dave Bowden | Oct 11, 2013
Accolades | Media Mentions

When George Butterfield, founder of the active-travel company Butterfield & Robinson, led a group of travelers on a bespoke w more...

Paris
City Art Insider:
Paris in the Fall
Carolyn Smith | Sep 26, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

Certain artists’ works have to be experienced to be believed. Fall 2013 sees Paris hosting a number of thought-provoking, o more...

Europe
Of Wine and Wheels
Chris Mark | Sep 25, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

Regardless of how you define them, Old World wine regions offer some of the best recreational biking on the planet. more...

Champagne
Vines 101: Champagne
Olivier Maillard | Sep 18, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Let's start with that most basic of questions: what makes Champagne Champagne? more...

Bordeaux
Vines 102: Bordeaux Wine Continued
Olivier Maillard | Sep 11, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Like some crus, some wine regions are so grand that a proper explanation can't be restrained to a single blog post. more...

Bordeaux
Vines 101: Bordeaux Wine
Olivier Maillard | Sep 11, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Wines have been made and shipped from Bordeaux for nearly 1,000 years, and vines have been planted here since Roman times. more...

Provence
Provence Olive Oil
Anne Zakula | Sep 10, 2013
Eat + Drink | Cuisine

The Greeks believed that the cultivation of the olive tree was the hallmark of a civilized society, and they may have been on more...

Burgundy
Experts + Insiders: Jane Eyre-Renard
Dave Bowden | Sep 10, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

Don't let the accent fool you: while Jane Eyre-Renard may not have been born among Burgundy's vines, her pedigree is beyond r more...

Atlantic France
Of Oysters and Pirates
Olivier Maillard | Aug 29, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

In 1983, I was a young little French guy and summer time meant something to me. more...

Loire Valley
Reading for the Road: Books About Loire Valley
Dave Bowden | Aug 28, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Normandy
Reading for the Road: Books About Normandy
Dave Bowden | Aug 23, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Burgundy
Reading for the Road: Books About Burgundy
B&R Staff | Aug 23, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Provence
Reading for the Road: Books About Provence
Dave Bowden | Aug 23, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Normandy
Calvados and Cider:
Norman Traditions
B&R Staff | Aug 19, 2013
Eat + Drink | Cuisine

An apple brandy from Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy), no Norman dinner is complete without Calvados as a digestif. more...

Corsica
Corsica: A World of Her Own
Marya Valli | Aug 16, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

The Greeks called her Kalliste, The Beautiful, and a few thousand years on, she continues to ravish. more...

Normandy
History Lesson: Bayeux Tapestry
B&R Staff | Aug 9, 2013
See + Do | Must Sees

Though it boasts picturesque homes and stone bridges, tourists often overlook the charm of medieval Bayeaux in favour of its more...

Paris
A Weekend in Paris, Part II
Norman Howe | Aug 8, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Paris is a city built for walking, and the best place to indulge in the peripatetic pleasures is in the meandering streets of more...

Paris
A Weekend in Paris, Part I
Norman Howe | Aug 8, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Whenever I visit our European headquarters in Burgundy, I always add on a weekend in Paris to explore the city and to indulge more...

Paris
A Weekend in Paris, Part III
Norman Howe | Aug 8, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Paris is a city that constantly evolves, and I’m always looking for new ways to experience it. more...

Burgundy
Rave Reviews: Burgundy
Dave Bowden | Jul 31, 2013
Accolades | Testimonials

Whether you've been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it's always nice to hear an encouraging word (or t more...

France
French Wine Class:
The AOC and Crus
B&R Staff | Jul 25, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

While a wine's flavour can be quite complex, its origins shouldn't be. In France, various classification systems exist to inf more...

Wine Grand Journey
A Wonderful Wine
Grand Journey
B&R Traveller | Jul 23, 2013
Accolades | Testimonials

We spent the final few days of our wonderful Wine Grand Journey enjoying the many pleasures of the Champagne region. more...

France & Italy
New Self-Guided Tours in France and Italy
Dave Bowden | Jul 23, 2013
Accolades | Media Mentions

“Butterfield & Robinson, the Toronto-based active adventure company... has recently introduced five self-guided options." more...

France
Eating Healthy in
France, Part 2
Jennifer Moore | Jul 22, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Combine these tips with those from my earlier post, and you'll enjoy the best of France without having to add a new notch to more...

Bordeaux/Dordogne
Rave Reviews: Bordeaux
to Dordogne
Dave Bowden | Jul 22, 2013
Accolades | Testimonials

Whether you've been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it's always nice to hear an encouraging word (or t more...

France
Eating Healthy in France
(Really, you can!)
Jennifer Moore | Jul 15, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy that French je ne sais quoi and still make it home without gaining five pounds? more...

Wine Grand Journey
Rave Reviews: Wine
Grand Journey
Dave Bowden | Jul 5, 2013
Accolades | Testimonials

Whether you've been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it's always nice to hear an encouraging word (or t more...

France
The Tour de France Explained
Dave Bowden | Jul 5, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

How did the Tour de France start? Who was the first winner of Le Tour? How long is it? more...

Champagne
At Les Avisés, Modernity Meets Tradition
Olivier Maillard | Jul 2, 2013
See + Do | Hotels

At first glance, Anselme Selosse appears to be a normal, even quintessential, Frenchman. You wouldn’t necessarily think him more...

Burgundy
Kurt Russell’s Passionate Pursuits
Dave Bowden | Jun 19, 2013
Accolades | Media Mentions

During a Butterfield & Robinson bike trip that he took in France’s Burgundy area, Kurt Russell admired the acres and acres more...

France
Century Ride: “Le Tour”
Turns 100
Dave Bowden | Jun 4, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

As Le Tour de France celebrates its 100th anniversary, a few of B&R's biggest bike fans recall their favourite moments from a more...

Burgundy
Beaune: Our Medieval Jewel
Olivier Maillard | May 13, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

A well-preserved medieval jewel in the heart of Burgundy, wine is more influential in the history and development of Beaune t more...

Burgundy
A Riding Revelation
Dave Bowden | May 10, 2013
Experts & Insiders | B&R Experts

Pedalling an easygoing route through the forests around Beaune, I couldn't help but feel that after six months with B&R, I wa more...

Loire Valley
Recipes from the Road:
Tarte Tatin
B&R Staff | May 3, 2013
Eat + Drink | Recipes

As they didn’t have an oven, the Tatin sisters had to cook this classic French apple tart on a stove. more...

Loire Valley
Cuisine 101: Loire Valley Cuisine
Olivier Maillard | May 3, 2013
Eat + Drink | Cuisine

Known as "the garden of France" and famous for its gastronomy and douceur (mildness), the cuisine of the Loire Valley has muc more...

Loire Valley
Vines 101: Loire Valley Wine
Olivier Maillard | Apr 25, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Wine has always been part of life here; Henri IV is reputed to have said of a Loire wine... more...

Loire Valley
A (Brief) Look at Loire Valley History
Jerome Bore | Apr 24, 2013
See + Do | Must Sees

Dotted with châteaux (castles) and besought by war, the history of the Loire Valley is long and involved. more...

Burgundy
Immersion Kit: Burgundy
Olivier Maillard | Mar 15, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Immersion Kit

Allow us to shed some light on a few of our favourite places and give you a head start for getting in deep. more...

Dijon
Insider’s Guide to Dijon
B&R Staff | Mar 13, 2013
See + Do | Insider's Guides

We’ve asked the seasoned (and extremely well-travelled) experts in our nearby Beaune office to apply their expert eyes to D more...

France
French Wine Pairing:
Dessert & Cheese
B&R Staff | Mar 7, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Matching wine with food is a science and an art in France. Here are some tips for dessert and cheeses. more...

France
French Wine Pairing: Main Course
B&R Staff | Mar 6, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Matching wine with food is a science and an art in France. Here are some guidelines to get you started with your main course. more...

France
French Wine Pairing:
First Course
B&R Staff | Feb 28, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Matching wine with food is a science and an art in France. Here are some guidelines to get you started with your first course more...

Profile
Experts + Insiders:
Anne Zakula
Dave Bowden | Feb 27, 2013
Experts & Insiders | B&R Experts

Saying Trip Designer Anne Zakula knows France would be roughly akin to saying Bill Gates knows computers. more...

Burgundy
Vines 102: More
Burgundy Wine
Olivier Maillard | Feb 27, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

We continue our introduction to Burgundy wines with a primer on the Premier and Grand Cru appellations. more...

Paris
Insider’s Guide to Paris
B&R Staff | Feb 17, 2013
See + Do | Insider's Guides

Our seasoned trip planners compiled a B&R-inspired list of things to see and do in Paris that you won’t find in a travel gu more...

Burgundy
Vines 101: Burgundy Wine
Olivier Maillard | Feb 10, 2013
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

An introduction to one of the world's foremost wine regions, and the home to Butterfield & Robinson more...

Burgundy
“Fifty Places” Quotes George Butterfield
Dave Bowden | Jan 10, 2013
Accolades | Media Mentions

B&R co-founder George Butterfield shares his favourite biking region in the world with the author of Fifty Places to Bike Bef more...

Burgundy
Burgundy: Fine Wine and So Much More
B&R Staff | Nov 8, 2012
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Wine may be the lifeblood of Burgundy, but the appeal of one of the world's top wine regions runs even deeper than its vines. more...

France
Stellar Guides: Great Guides in France
B&R Staff | May 16, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Permit us to introduce you to some of the B&R guides in France who’ll be showing you the way, whichever road you may choose more...

Loire Valley
Globe and Mail: Castles in the Loire Valley
Kathy Stewart | Apr 7, 2012
Accolades | Media Mentions

There's a castle in my bike's side-view mirror. But it's not just any castle. It's the castle said to have inspired the tale more...

Provence
A Chat With Chef Christophe Renaud
Olivier Maillard | Apr 4, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

B&R Trip Planner Olivier Maillard enjoyed an opportunity to sit down with chef Christophe Renaud to get a taste of what feeds more...

Provence
360 West Magazine: Pedaling Through Provence
Kathy Stewart | Apr 1, 2012
Accolades | Media Mentions

We set out just after dawn to get a head start on the day’s heat, pedaling fast under a tattered blanket of fog. The night more...

France
Virtuoso Life: Better By Bike
Kathy Stewart | Jan 4, 2012
Accolades | Media Mentions

We had enjoyed previous group cycling trips with Butterfield & Robinson, renowned for its skilled guides, so we were immediat more...

Burgundy
A Family Affair At Domaine Aleth Girardin
Olivier Maillard | Aug 29, 2011
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Aleth Girardin, owner of Le Domaine Aleth Girardin, wants to keep the tradition of the harvest in Burgundy alive. more...

Bordeaux/Burgundy
Bordeaux vs Burgundy
B&R Staff | May 30, 2011
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

B&R experts, Burgundophile David Butterfield and on-site Bordeaux aficionado Dylan Roche, contrast the subtleties of their re more...

Bordeaux
Backstage Pass to Bordeaux & the Dordogne Valley
Lewis Evans | Apr 25, 2011
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

The riding is smooth, the landscape stunning, the local culture alluring, the feasts incredible, and then there's the wine. more...

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