Yes, but we just think about food after every activity, every hike, every visit… Good restaurants flourish in the Vosges Mountains, much to the delight of guests. Let’s head out on a discovery of local flavours, traditional products and authentic tastes.
Stop n°1: A marcaire meal must be earned!
We work up an appetite on our hike, and after many kilometres, we stop off in a farmhouse inn for some replenishment. On the menu: a traditional mountain meal with comforting soup, quality meat and to-die-for "roïgabrageldi" (a potato-based specialty).
After the meal, we wonder where we can take a nap.
Reminder for later: book a table at a farmhouse inn and plan on a walk after the meal.
Stop n°2: Munster, our new passion!
It’s everywhere: between two slices of potatoes, on a piece of crusty bread, in a sauce with a cordon bleu... Munster cheese, we’ve tasted it, we love it, and we recommend it. Its powerful aroma fills the air at dinner, and all we can think about is having it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that....
Stop n°3: Something sweet in the afternoon
There’s something to please all tastes in the candy stores of the Vosges Mountains. Vosges candies flavoured with pine, blueberry, mountain honey, raspberry or poppy are a pure delight for the kids, and us, too. Visit the workshops of artisanal confectioneries to learn how these little treasures of the Vosges are made.
Got a sweet tooth? Taste AOP Vosges pine honey on a visit to a mountain beekeeper.
It’s the season for picking wild blueberries! We head out for an afternoon harvest with the children. Little by little, we fill up our baskets with delicious “brimbelles”. We burst into laughter when we notice our blue lips and teeth!
Stop n°4: Lunch with a view
Back in a farmhouse inn after a morning walk as a family, we decide to have a 100% local meal on the terrace. On the menu at this high-altitude lunch: artisanal charcuterie, Ermitage cheese, tarte flambée gratinée (bacon and onion tart), artisanal ice cream and even local tea from the mountains.
Farmhouse inns often have all types of rooms and offer packages just for families.
Stop n°5: Meeting the producers
In the Vosges Mountains, local producers love sharing their passion for their products and gladly welcome visitors on their farms. We’re curious to learn more, so we head out to meet one of these farmers for a genuine, authentic day. While tasting “Grandma’s pie”, we listen to our host tell stories full of wisdom about “his land”, as he likes to call it.
You can buy local products directly at certain farms.