The dynamic energy and good taste of Cliff Lede is the heart of this exciting multi-continental vacation for two couples. Start out in Paris in September for seven nights in his newly renovated, two-bedroom apartment overlooking the Legion of Honor and Musée d’Orsay, and a mere five minutes from The Louvre.
Stroll the boulevards and side streets of this iconic city like a native, taking in the creative vibe of the people, shops, food and culture around you. Explore the parks, museums, architecture and monuments that make it famous. Enjoy the diverse nightlife options at your doorstep and come home each evening to the remarkable luxury of a private apartment in the center of it all.
Begin your week in Paris with a special day in Champagne! You’ll luxuriate in an exclusive private visit to the parks, vineyards and cloisters of the Abbey de Dom Pérignon, followed by a tasting of Dom Pérignon Champagne; have a special Champagne paired lunch at Veuve Clicquot, followed by a guided tour of the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin House and a special tasting. It’s an immersive experience pleasing to both the palate and the eye.
Next, enjoy a day of fashion where you will spend the morning on a guided tour of the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral. Learn about mysterious aspects of the building including “the forest,” where decapitated statues of biblical kings stand frozen for all eternity. Your guide will then take you to ateliers of three remarkable young French designers in the 19th arrondissement, followed by lunch at local bistro. That evening, enjoy a cruise on the Seine aboard the legendary yacht, Cachemire. The day comes full circle when you sail by the flying buttresses of Notre Dame while enjoying a full degustation menu.
Spend another day cooking, eating and drinking wine! Chef Martial, whose establishments are in the trendy Marais arrondissement will guide you through a uniquely French cooking experience, culminating in a three-course lunch with wine pairings. You will love being instructed in a well-equipped kitchen and lunching in their modern, elegant dining area. That evening, take in a unique dinner experience at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Restaurant Lasserre, with perfect wine pairings.
Back in the States, you will enjoy two nights in the heart of Napa Valley at Poetry Inn, the only hotel property in the breathtaking Stags Leap District. Architectural Digest calls this intimate hotel “a microclimate of luxury where slippers magically appear beside your bed, the pillow is preordered to your specifications, and killer views from your private terrace lull you into believing that the entire Napa Valley is yours and that you are the only one with the key.”
Enjoy a VIP tour and Platinum Tasting at Cliff Lede Vineyards and a private dinner hosted by Cliff in his Howard Backen-designed home overlooking Napa Valley. This intimate, multi-course meal will be paired with top wines from the Lede Family Wines portfolio, along with gems from Cliff’s private cellar.
This package traverses two continents to bring you extraordinary culinary and cultural experiences you’ll treasure for years to come. Take in Paris and Napa with a Cliff Lede touch and go home with the best reminder of your great time: three Magnums Cliff Lede Vineyards’ apex? Cabernet Sauvignons for each couple!
Oh, la la this vacation is magnifique… bid tout de suite!
Airfare to France and California is not included. Ground transportation in Paris and Champagne for the activities listed above is included. All other ground transportation while in France and during the stay in California is not included. The trip dates for Paris are confirmed for Sunday, September 8–Sunday, September 15, 2019. If the winning bidders are unable to travel to France in September 2019, they are able to select alternate dates, based on availability, by Friday, March 1, 2019. The seven (7) nights in Cliff Lede’s Paris apartment must be taken consecutively, and pets and smoking are not allowed. The visits to Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot must be scheduled for a Monday through Friday. Visit to Napa is to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates.
Cliff Lede of Cliff Lede Vineyards and Poetry Inn, Linda & Tom Koehn, The 1492 Company and with thanks to Christin McKay, Luxury Travel Advisor with SmartFlyer and Kathleen Stahl