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Lunch stops and food detours needed on driving trip from San Sebastian to Iguerande, France

slcorlis | May 1, 201210:49 AM

Many thanks in advance to all who are able to offer suggestions based on their experiences. I've seen several threads from earlier this year centered around driving trips in some of the areas through which we'll be traveling, but most center around dinner/accommodations, and not as much around places to visit during the day.

We'll be spending a week in mid-June driving from San Sebastian to Iguerande, stopping each night for an indulgent dinner. Dinner reservations and accommodations have been made; we're now looking for ideas to fill the spaces between the planned stops. We're particularly interested in eating at small farm-to-table type places for lunch that offer a wonderful sense of place and an opportunity to engage with those who are passionate about food. We're also looking for any - sorry for lack of a better term - food experiences that can be had along the route, including tiny shops in tiny towns that make the best (fill in the blank here) you've ever had. Extra points for cheesemakers/cave tours and unique/up and coming vintners.

Monday - drive from San Sebastian to Hasparren, to stay/eat at Hegia, if it is indeed still open by then. If not, we'll need a new plan here.

Tuesday - drive from Hasparren to Lacave. Thoughts on going north through Bordeaux vs. south through Toulouse? We're booked at Chateau de la Treyne, but I'm not 100% sold on it. Assuming we haven't had to make a deposit (can't remember!), is there somewhere more interesting that could be booked at this late stage in the game? We'd need two rooms.

Wednesday - drive from Lacave to Laguiole, where we're booked at Bras for dinner/accommodations. May detour slightly south through Cahors and then drive over the Millau Viaduct and, if time permits, visit Roquefort-sur-Soulzon (is this worth it?)

Thursday - drive from Laguiole to Valence

Friday - drive from Valence to Iguerande, where we're staying for two nights in one of the cadoles at La Colline du Colombier.

I realize this plan sounds ambitious both in terms of distance covered and calories ingested. On future trips we'll have the opportunity to pick smaller geographic areas to really explore, and I look forward to returning to threads like Eating and Sleeping Outside of Paris for ideas. For now, however, any thoughts on the above are much appreciated. Mille fois merci.

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