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Jura, France: A Countryside Escape

When Le Corbusier designed his famous chapel at Ronchamp, just outside the Jura mountain range in France, he took inspiration from the rolling green hills to create a building for what he said man needed most, "peace and quiet." There is still plenty of both in the Jura, a serene, rugged paradise that stretches from Burgundy into Switzerland. Even more appealing than the pristine lakes, dramatic gorges, and the Grande Traversée, a 186-mile-long hiking and cross-country ski trail, is the artisanal food and wine—the area’s true secret. France’s smallest wine region, the Arbois, covers just 3,900 acres and produces the acclaimed yet little-known vin jaune (so named for its golden color), made from the late harvest of Savagnin grapes. And the Jura’s native cheeses—creamy Morbier and subtle, fruity Comté—are the perfect complements. In the village of Arbois, book a table at the Michelin-starred Jean-Paul Jeunet (9 Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville; 33-3/84-66-05-67; dinner for two $145) with wood-beamed ceilings, a log-burning fireplace, and a cavernous wine cellar. The recently renovated 18th-century Château de Germigney (Rue Edgar Faure, Port-Lesney; 33-3/84-73-85-85; chateaudegermigney.com; doubles from $210), originally the home of the Marquis of Germigney, is the region’s top hotel, and overlooks manicured English gardens.

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