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GETTING THERE

United offers nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Paris, with early June fares currently starting at $1,225 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel de Bourgtheroulde

15 Place de la Pucelle, Rouen

011-33-2-35-14-50-50

www.hotelsparouen.com

Renaissance mansion with ultramodern amenities. Rooms from about $317.

Le Prieure

49350 Chenehutte-les-Tuffeaux, Saumur

011-33-2-41-67-90-14

www.prieure.com

Former Benedictine priory overlooking the Loire River. Rooms from about $180.

Hotel L’Yeuse

65 Rue de Bellevue, Cognac

011-33-5-45-36-82-60

www.yeuse.fr

Overlooking the Charente River is and an ideal base for Cognac distillery visits. Rooms from about $148.

WHERE TO EAT

La Couronne

31 Place du Vieux Marche, Rouen

011-33-2-35-71-40-90

www.lacouronne.com.fr

Classic French cooking (and a few regional surprises) at the country’s oldest tavern. Entrees start at $33. Nifty four-course prix fixe for about $46.

Les Terre-Neuvas

63 Boulevard Albert 1er, Fecamp

011-33-2-35-29-22-92

www.lesterreneuvas.com

Chic and airy spot. Entrees from about $13.

Diane de Meridor

12 Quai Philippe de Commines, Montsoreau

011-33-2-41-51-71-76

www.ruedesrestos.com/restaurateurs/dianedemeridor

Cozy, elegant small-town restaurant. Prix-fixe menus, from at about $22, are the way to go.

Le Bistrot d’Andre

5 Rue St-Jean du Perot, La Rochelle

011-33-5-46-41-28-24

www.barandre.com

Excellent seafood and people watching. Entrees from $19.

WHAT TO DO

Hennessy

Rue de la Richonne, Cognac

011-33-5-45-72-68

www.hennessy.com

World’s leading cognac maker. As with most houses, hours of operation and types of tours vary by season. Reserve online. Adults about $11, ages 12-18 about $9, younger than 12 free.

Courvoisier

2 Place du Chateau, Jarnac

011-33-5-45-35-56-16

www.courvoisier.com

See Napoleon memorabilia — e.g., a lock of his hair and his iconic bicorn hat — in the museum. Visiting times and dates, tours and fees vary, so best to call first. Tours start at $12.

Remy Martin

20 Rue de la Societe Vinicole, Cognac

011-33-5-45-35-76-66

www.remymartin.com

Wide selection of tours, including private candlelit evening dinner and cognac tastings. Standard visits from mid-April through September (except Sundays) 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. About $21. Reservations recommended.

Martell

7 Place Edouard Martell, Cognac

011-33-5-45-36-33-33

www.martell.com

Tops others with a life-size gabarre — a traditional barge used to transport cognac to market — floating indoors. April-October: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. By appointment November-March. Adults about $10, ages 12-18 about $5; younger than 12 free.

Palais Benedictine

110 Rue Alexandre Le Grand, Fecamp

011-33-2-35-10-26-10

www.benedictinedom.com

Visits from February through December. Hours vary. Adults about $10; ages 12-18 about $4; younger than 12 free.

Carre Cointreau

Saint Barthelemy d’Anjou, Angers

011-33-2-41-31-50-50

www.cointreau.fr

Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round. Guided tour about $8; with tasting session, about $13. Ages 12-18 (no tastings) about $5 , younger than 12 free. Reservations required.

INFORMATION

www.tourism-cognac.com

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