Megeve, France



Not being a skier I hadn't heard of Megreve, France. This upscale resort in the French Alps ranks as one of my favorites. The village center is a pedestrian-only zone. A cozy creek meanders through the village with restaurants having terraces drenched in flowers lining the banks. I count SIX patisseries (bakeries) and try pastries at three of 'em and boy are they good! You can tell this place isn't for the budget traveler because names like Hermes and Escada have boutiques here. The whole town is clean and tidy and I love the ambiance. One ski lift is whisking people up the mountains. Heading down the mountain you get a great view of Mt. Blanc.

Is this place hopping or is it dead in the summer?
Neither, it's just right.

Is there a lake and/or golf course in town?
On a plateau above Megeve you'll find Mont d' Arbois, an 18-hole golf course.

Arriving by car the only option?
One can take a train to Sallanches, the town in the valley floor below, and then take a bus for the eight mile journey up the mountain.

Does the place feel claustrophobic?
No.

Lots of choices for acccomodations (hotels/ chalets) and do I have recommendations?
Not really. According to the tourist center brochure there are seven hotels rated four stars and nine rated three stars. Largest hotel has 70 rooms. There are quite a few chalet and apartment rentals.

Could I spend a whole summer here or would I get bored?
Megeve gets the two thumbs-up. June through September sounds good.