In Provence, from mid-June until the beginning of August, Lavender is in bloom. At the end of the season the Lavender is harvested. If you are planning on an escape this summer, consider this season as the most desirable time to jettison your current digs in favor of these rolling fields of purple.
Credit: You May Be Wandering
The Luberon valley, in central Provence, has its peak season in July and that’s when you may consider making your pilgrimage. Sunflower season also happens to fall within this time frame, so, if you want to pack more in on your adventure in aesthetics, know that their peak time is July-August.
After the Lavender is harvested, the village shops are brimming over with the fresh herbal products from soaps to beauty products, essential oils and perfumes. The flowering herb is also used in teas, candles and is delicious in cuisine; specifically baked goods! Try using it as a brightener the next time you make scones. This recipe below is delicate, powdery balance of flavor and also, one of our personal favorites.
Photo credits and recipe found at: TheBakerMama.com
Herbalists consider Lavender to be one of the more versatile plants. It’s said to act as an insect repellent and then later, if you’ve forgotten to spray, it’s known to soothe irritated bug bites. It’s a good balm on burns and is said to cure headaches. Because it’s also a relaxant, keeping some dried lavender by your bedside can lull a restless mind into sleep.
The loveliest B&B’s and hotels in the world may be in Provence. We celebrated a milestone birthday there at this fabulous vineyard called Chateau De Berne. Their 2015 Impatience Rosé scored 91 points in Wine Enthusiast. Be mindful that although it is a vineyard, we found our lusty crowd of Swedes and Americans drank them out of there prized rosé ! Whoops!
Photo Credits: Chateu De Berne
World renowned for their wines, make a day trip to visit some of Provence’s many vineyards and gastronomical destinations:
Another favorite is Whispering Angel from the palatial Chateau d’Esclans, best described by the narrative review from Serena Sutcliffe as the wine to be “Loaded onto yachts on the Côte d’Azur and consumed in quantity by connoisseurs.”
Across the Rhône River from Châteauneuf-du-Pap, we find the elegant wines of Chateau Tringquevedel to be worth the trip to Tavel. A place to examine the enticing pink elixir, Tavel is the only appellation d’origine contrôlée made exclusively of rosé.
Any sojourn into the Provencial countryside brings out the historian in all of us, imagining conspiratorial Roman senators exiled to the South of France followed by centuries of intrigue. Travelling to the Bandol region, where archaeologists have dated the first wine-making to 600 B.C.E., we can’t help but fall in love with the timeless Domaine Tempier and their region defining reds and rosés.
We have an assortment of lavender themed items at Fireside in case you can’t make it this year to Provence. Let’s talk France as we sip some great rosé or lavender tea.