Epicurean Mountain

"NOTICE TO EPICUREANS,
Le Grand-Bornand vibrates with a new chic arty blending tradition and pioneering spirit, to enjoy a retreat that is conducive to let go of initiates."
THE APERITIF IN " SWING " MODE,
at Le Rocher Blanc Golf Club
 
Member of the Golfy Club, the first golf course network in France, Le Rocher Blanc runs its relatively technical course between meadows, spruce groves and a small stream. Its 10 holes approved by the French Golf Federation and its 200m long practice course make it the ideal course to learn or improve your game in a most favourable environment, between picturesque hamlets and spectacular views at the foot of the haughty Aravis chain. The Grand-Bornand green is spread over an old farm whose (beautiful) remains can still be admired - a centuries-old farmhouse, a clubhouse in the old attic adjoining the old chalet, a small stone bridge - while working on its precision and its little play.
Every Tuesday at 5pm, the Rocher Blanc golf aperitifs consist of a 1h30 initiation-discovery of the golf course followed by an aperitif made with local products (farmhouse reblochon, cold meats and Savoie wines...) at a low price...

A MOUNTAIN TO... CRUNCH,
during a hike
 
As they walk along the paths, along the torrents or in the heart of the mountain pastures, budding artists will see their notebooks filled with drafts and sketches, witnessing a very creative discovery of the mountain alongside the watercolour painter Hélène Godillon, a graduate in Plastic Arts. On the program of this "arty" internship, four sessions of rapid exercise on the land plus a daytime watercolour hike, around themes as inspiring as a sunset on the lake, or the discovery of cottages grouped into picturesque hamlets on the slopes of Mont Lachat...
From 05 to 09/07 and from 19 to 23/08/2019, from 8 years old.
THE BESCOIN,
from the Princes' table to the patronal festivities of 15 August
 
A purely local recipe, as little known as it is ancestral, the bescoin - derived from the word "biscuit" - is a soft brioche roll with aniseed and saffron that the Princes of Savoie loved and that is still offered to its godchildren on the occasion of the Bordandine patron saint's day, which takes place on 15 August. The bescoin is then blessed in the church of Grand-Bornand before being shared and enjoyed by all under the grenette.... However, two artisan bakers in the village, Bruno Bétemps and Philippe Vulliet, produce and sell them in their shops all year round. Their tasting advice: "savour the bescoin by simply spreading it with a little butter and honey. "Enough to reconcile gourmands and... gourmets!
MARINA ATMOSPHERE,
on the shores of Lac de la Cour
 
Lac de la Cour, an altitude reservoir with emerald waters used to supply snow for culture in winter, will take on a marine feel during a week of initiation and practice of water sports. On the program, sailing baptisms (free, Monday, July 22nd from 1:30pm to 5pm) open to children from 5 to 14 years old, optimist and windsurfing courses respectively open to children from 5 years old and to adults. Possibility of private lessons and equipment rental. From 22 to 26/07/2019.

THE YOGA HIKE,
to align with nature....
 
In addition to the weekly introductory sessions to Satiam YogaTM offered at a rate of €10 by the Grand-Bornand Tourist Office and the Satiam Academy in Annecy, The Bureau des Guides des Aravis offers a hiking tour led by Mylène Dunoyer - mountain guide and certified Yoga Alliance yoga teacher - punctuated by workshops combining body awareness, yoga alignment with postural sequences, connection to the breath and full presence to enjoy the pleasure of being and walking, in all simplicity.

AIM JUST, 
by trying out summer biathlon!
 
For those who dream of following in the footsteps of Martin Fourcade, the undisputed star of the next round of the French Annecy-Le Grand-Bornand Biathlon World Cup, held from 16 to 22 December 2019 in Grand-Bornand, the resort offers introductory sessions to biathlon... summer. The principle remains the same: target shooting at 10m using a compressed air rifle, race and relay in the spectacular setting of the Bouchet valley.

AUX COMPTOIRS DES ALPES,
where the grocery store jumps borders...
 
Imagined by a collective of Borden merchants "all children of farmers and peasants at heart", according to Framboise Missillier, Aux Comptoirs des Alpes offers, in the precious setting of a "new look" grocery store, the best of Alpe's products. Filling the stalls surrounding the "carnotzet" - a place conducive to conviviality, in local dialect - serving as a wine and coffee bar, cold meats and Savoyard cheeses, but also from Switzerland and Italy, organic and hazelnut crozets, beer cellar from the local microbreweries and a bornandin honey puller, reveal the incredible variety of small alpine craft productions, in a setting that reminds one of the town halls.