When traveling in-country or abroad, a wonderful way to discover the local culture, culinary art and get an insider travel experience, is to stay at a local bed & breakfast. When you stay “chez l’habitant”, you usually have either a studio or apartment with full kitchen, or a room at your host’s house. You can opt for “pension complète” (full board) or “demi-pension” (half board), and all meals are home-made with local flavors and specialties!
// Gîte // nom masculin: bed and board, bed and breakfast
The official website for the Gîtes de France® is very comprehensive and available in several languages. You can book straight through the site, and there are ratings/ levels of “épis” (rather than stars) to indicate the class of the accommodation.
My husband and I, have personally been offering a “chambre d’hôtes” (guest bedroom) in our mountain cabin (our permanent residence) through an awesome site called AirBnb. The site offers anything from a room in a chalet or beach apartment, to a tree house, boat or villa all over the world. The site takes care of all the financial details and screening, and we get to welcome friendly guests from all over (so far Charleston, Washington D.C., Kentucky, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Maryland, France, Switzerland).
Our American guests have particularly enjoyed our “European hospitality”, with French crêpes or banana pancakes for breakfast, French dinners when they opted for it, and the opportunity to practice their French with us… if you can’t go all the way to France, you can always stay at our house!
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