By Paige Donner
Top: Facade; Bottom: Restaurant La Stub at Le Parc, Obernai.
Paige Donner wrote this post about traveling into France’s Alsace wine route.
Beds like butter… and it only gets better from there.
In the heart of the Alsace wine route, Le Parc, Obernai, a 4-Star hotel in the picturesque village of Obernai, is one of those gems that when you find it, you want to both sing its praises and keep its loveliness all to yourself.
For oenotourists and wine enthusiasts, the famous Alsace Wine Route (Route du Vin) beckons as one of those Top Ten Things To Do.
But when you’re traveling from afar, car rentals can be complicated and not all that “Eco.” So parking yourself in the heart of the Alsace, where you can visit wineries on foot or by bicycle, is a good solution.
On a recent journey into France’s Alsace, I jumped right into this historical wine region known also for itsoutstanding gastronomy, and landed in Obernai, once upon a time a village for royalty.
Sorely in need of some authentic R&R, I chose Le Parc, Obernai, a hotel started by managing director Maxime Wucher’s grandmother back in the early 1950s. Five wineries and a mountain of vineyards, Le Schenkenberg, are all within walking distance of the hotel.
In our modern world, fourth-generation, family-owned spa resorts are a rarity. Add 4-Stars to that and a top ranked spa that has formulated its own organic spa products using, in part, the soil from the native terroir –argile – and plants from the Vosges mountains, and you have a truly unique getaway on Alsace’s wine route.
La Stub at Le Parc, Obernai attracts the Alsacian locals, so well-loved is it for its authentic re-creation of great-grandma “Mamy’s” recipes made from locally-sourced, seasonal produce and ingredients.
Enjoy dishes such as Schniederspattle aux champignons and quenelles de brochet au riesling en baeckeoffewhile admiring the kachelofen (ceramic woodburner), the stammtisch (regulars’ table), and decor of antique coffee grinders.
And be absolutely sure to top off your meal with one of their wines selected from a neighboring biodynamic vineyard. A Votre Santé!
Images courtesy of Le Parc, Obernai.