Between the Loire and the Cher, discover the Sologne region; its expanses of forests and ponds, its half-timbered farmhouses and prestigious castles: Chambord, Cheverny, Blois. Featuring misty landscapes of flamboyant colors, the arrival of fall invites us to partake in nature activities. This includes hunting which, with its traditional customs and stunning scenery, can be elevated to an “art de vivre.” The abundance of game from the forests and fish from the ponds are the wealth of the local cuisine: game is made into terrines, roasts, stews, casseroles, and among fish platters, we have perch, pike, baked carp or “petites fritures,” all to the delight of gourmet diner. In addition, we have charcuterie, porcini mushrooms and chanterelles, the famous vinegar of Orléans, and “fromages cendrés,” or cheeses lightly dusted with wood ash. To satisfy your sweet tooth, the apple emerges triumphant in the famous Tarte Tatin. Wander through the markets to grasp the richness of the Sologne cuisine, and enjoy its dishes with an AOP wine from the Loire Valley.