A WEEKEND IN THE JURA
Often overlooked in favour of nearby Alps, the Jura mountain range, namesake of the Jura 'département', was our pick for the week end. Combining water sports, stunning hikes and great food, this unassuming mountain retreat is bursting with things to see and do.
Fields of green, mountain views and traditional food and wine are all part of the Jura experience. So far, so predictable. But if travel teaches us one thing, it is to expect the unexpected, and this trip was no exception. We chose to stay at La Ferme du Bois Joli. A last minute decision - the hosts graciously confirmed our stay the day before our arrival -and with everything booked out, we were grateful for this room, one of our top picks. Situated in Marigny-le-Lozon, it is ideally located to explore the neighbouring lakes. Area known for its stunning green lakes, waterfalls and beautiful hikes, this maison d'hôte was a great base, within 30 minutes drive of all the sights on our itinerary.
But aside from its great location, this bed and breakfast was a lesson in slow living and simple pleasures. From the warm wood furnishings, designed and crafted by the host, to the homemade jams and brioche in the morning, we felt right at home. Modern but cosy, the house's interior caters to travellers of all ages who are after comfort without compromising on aesthetics.
And although the temptation to stay in and relax is great, there is much to explore, and not much time (that is, if like us your time budget does not extend past the week end).
Some of our favourite eats were:
La Ferme du Bois Joli: the bed and breakfast lives up to the breakfast expectations with homegrown produce and home made treats.
Cafe Imagine: small and cosy local cafe with a simple menu composed of all fresh and localy produced ingredients.
Le Regardoir: for its incredible view over the Lac de Vouglans and local specialities.
Some of our favourite places to explore over the weekend were:
Lac de Chalain and Lac de Vouglans for a swim in the turquoise waters.
Les 4 lacs for the views.
Cascades du Hérisson (the Hérisson waterfalls) for the 1h30 hikes along the 31 waterfalls.
Closest to the Lac de Chalain, that is where we first set our sites, and spent most of the weekend. I am still amazed at the colours of the crystalline waters, striking in varying shades of blue and green. Set against the mountain backdrop, with its characteristic pines, the so-called beaches are an unexpected but much welcome stop. Whether you are looking to tan or stand-up paddle, it is easy to unwind.