To celebrate Ryan’s 30th birthday, I surprised him with a trip to go skiing in the French Alps. I was initially looking at several different ski resorts, but after meeting the lovely Coco of Travellur for dinner in Paris and hearing about her favorite ski town in France – Megève – I was sold. I wanted a ski resort that was quaint, charming, and authentic, with amazing cuisine and a wide variety of ski runs for both the beginner (me) and the expert (Ryan), and I’m happy to say that Megève offered that and so much more.
Based on Coco’s recommendation we spent five days at Les Fermes de Marie, a cozy hotel made of a collection of chalets built using materials from centuries-old alpine farms. With a perpetually roaring fireplace, beautiful views of Mont Blanc, and the coziest ambiance, we absolutely loved our stay and look forward to returning. The hotel is located about five minutes outside of the village center, and we enjoyed walking through the snow along a babbling brook.
We absolutely loved the snow-covered village of Megève. The charming town square, framed by 360-degree alpine views, featured a huge fir tree decorated with Swarovski Crystal ornaments. We enjoyed some absolutely wonderful meals including truffle fondue at Le Torrent, sole meunière at Les Enfants Terribles, truffle risotto at Le Prieuré, and raclette at Le Refuge (a simple chalet restaurant perched high above the town – so worth the hike!)
However, the best part our trip was the snow. It literally snowed for three days straight and was more snow than the village of Megève had seen in over thirty years! This made for some incredible skiing and the most magical ambiance – it truly felt like we had stepped back in time into a fairytale.