Sip champagne in a centuries-old castle-- or as you’ll call it, home for the week.
"Every man has two countries: his own and France."
-John F. Kennedy
It’s been a long year of daydreaming about travel, and the south of France doesn’t fade easily from the mind. But you don’t speak French and you’re pretty sure the fancy Frenchmen will judge you. You want to bask in the gentle autumn sun, but how--do you just pull off the side of the road into a field of lavender? You want to order the best thing on the menu, but again with the damn language thing…
If France is on the top of your travel dream list, let’s get you straight to the good stuff. Not touristy main street France, but the real France, where wine gets topped off a little too freely and time moves slow and you become the highest and coolest version of yourself. The version you imagined as a kid you'd become some day. You want to skip the slightly flat champagne and trade it for the searing pop of an icy, sabered bottle of cremant, fizzing under the glow of a setting sun. You want to know the food you eat is approved by generations of French peasants and demanding kings alike.
We got you.
For the 5th anniversary of Moveable Feast, we’re taking it back to the first ever location, a mothafrickin castle in the south of France. Surrounded by lush vineyards and centuries-old stone, it’s the castle that launched MFR. The trip we dreamed of creating from Day One. It feels like coming home, and if you missed this trip the first time around, it’s been remixed and ready for you.
The Chateau de Goult is an old world mix of 12th century regal and relaxed vibes; impressive without being imposing. Boasting views for miles around, you can watch the sun set over the Luberon from the same deck that watchmen used to keep an eye out for invaders.
Nestled between Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, the castle exudes grandeur and simplicity, the perfect home base for your visit to Provence.
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” -Julia Child
Eating what Julia describes as “good food from fresh ingredients” is the basis for every Moveable Feast meal, snack, and sip of wine. Do it right, do it well, and enjoy every single bite. You’ll be cared for for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you have allergies or food restrictions, please send us a note, because we can usually accommodate specific diets. If you are a strict vegan, this is not the trip for you.
“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine.” -Ernest Hemingway
As Hem and countless other have discovered over the centuries, wine in France is much like water: equally as nourishing and equally as crucial. Wine is the cornerstone of MFR France’s bar cart, and this year we are adding someone very special to the mix: our favorite sommelier, head of wine at Seattle’s beloved Purple Wine Bar, Chris Horn. This guy is a one man circus (minus the clowns). He’ll help you sort your Bordeaux from your Sancerre, give you something to talk about the next time you want to impress someone with your wine knowledge, but most importantly remind you how to have fun with your wine, how to enjoy it without snobbery or pretense. Having such a skilled sommelier on staff is a next-level experience and we are so happy to share him with you.
We also deeply celebrate the art of the happy hour, and have a whole collection of spirits we can’t wait to share with you. As a wise old Frenchman once told us as he took a long drag from his cigarette, “If you eat and drink with your heart, no harm will come to you. Whatever you do, wherever you go, feel it with your heart.” We feel the same: if you’re looking for a thoughtlessly booze-soaked holiday, MFR is not for you. But if you’re dreaming of long, slow dinners (and the glasses of wine that always accompany them), a celebration of mixology using herbs outside your back door, and thoughtful consumption of liquor and life with equal joy, then we think we’re going to get along famously.
PS. Don’t drink? No problem! The important thing is the celebration of and curiosity about life-- the rest is just fermentation.
A good day of travel, for us, is when we discover new foods, meet interesting people, and take a moment to be extremely present in an unfamiliar place. We want you to come home from your travels with a deeper sense of a place, an appreciation for the small details that can go unseen when you travel at a breakneck pace. These are the centerpieces of the trips-- but more specifically, we will also offer some ways to deepen your travel (everything optional!):
The French verb “flâner” defies translation. The art of taking a stroll with the eyes of a poet, absorbing the world in all its vivid beauty and imperfection. The Sunday in the park with no obligations, the long walk with no specific destination. It’s something the French just get! Along with so many other things: rebellion, revolution, beauty, art, love… we’ll dive into all of them, so you can bring home these soulful ideas and feast on them for years to come.
“The best camera is the one you have with you.” -Chase Jarvis
Whether you bring that DSLR that’s been gathering dust on a shelf all year or your iPhone, we’ll help you make the most of it. From the exposure triangle to better framing, we’ll help you bring home travel photos that wow (because who needs another 20 dozen bland cell phone pics?).
Going home from a vacation feeling stiff and tired: no thank you. Morning yoga to greet the French sunrise is the best way to start your day, even if you have to bring a little espresso to your mat. We won’t judge!
Following a tour guide holding a red flag is not our cup of wine, but we will open the doors to Aix-en-Provence and Avignon for you to get a deeper grasp on the modern and historic cities that dot this dreamy corner of the world. Custom travel guides, written by us and updated post-Covid, will help you choose your own adventure (without feeling like you’re missing the secret gems these places have to offer).
• Your spot in an ancient castle
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of the trip
• Wine and daily happy hour drinks
• Transportation to and from the Marseilles airport on the first and last day of the trip
• Day trips to some hidden gems in Provence
• Photo workshops, yoga classes, city guides, and welcome gifts
• Enough inspiration to shake you out of the lockdown doldrums
As always, these trips are highly curated and custom to the location. No big-box generic tours here, so spots are limited! The hardest thing you’ll have to do is exit the airport: if you can read “sortie” you’ll be just fine!
Our Europe trips sell out quickly, so nab your spot below.
• private ensuite bathroom
• big comfy bed
• best views of the French countryside
• damn, these rooms are nice
• shared bathroom
• comfy bed in a shared room
• charming af
• better for solos and besties.
Price is per person.
Beds are doubles or singles.
Just $1k to reserve your spot.
Remainder is due August 24th, 2021
Price is per person.
Beds are doubles or Queens, so best shared with a love or a BFF
Just $1k to reserve your spot.
Remainder is due August 24th, 2021
1. Reserve your spot with just $1k down and a money back guarantee*
2. We’ll send you everything you need to know-- what to pack, what to expect, and who’s coming with you-- one month before departure.
3. You meet us at the Marseille airport on September 24th and we’ll take it from there!
Let us handle the details so you can focus on being the traveler you’ve dreamed of being. The hardest part? Is packing your bag.
*Our local sources are all pointing to this retreat going off without a hitch, but if for some reason (I'm looking at you variants), the world is still closed or if travel still seems tenuous, we'll refund every one of your hard-earned pennies you've given us until the deadline of August 1. That way, if anything goes sideways, you know you'll be covered.
We love these Australian mugshots from the 1920s Sydney police station. Photos only moments after these guys were pulled straight from bar fights, bloodstreams full of beer, eyes full of sass. Here’s your Provence team: along with the crimes we’re most likely to commit in France with you.
Organizing the White Dinner of your dreams. Helping you take travel photos that blow your own mind. Overpouring your drinks.
Sneaking champagne into the movie theater.
The non-cynical pursuit of a life well lived.
Public displays of extreme decency.
Laughing as much as he cooks.
Smuggling foie-gras across international waters.
Surprising you with just how good wine can be.
Possession of Merlot with intent to distribute.
Creating beautiful little details and moments.
Glamping without a permit.
In the heart of the Luberon, France’s Golden Triangle, where the lavender and wine flock like the salmon of Capistrano. Closest airport is Marseilles, but you can also fly into Paris and take a train to us.
That’s not a question but WE AGREE.
As more and more of us get our vaccines and are cleared to travel, we are confident that France will be a safe place to gather, particularly in an intimate group. Our sources in Goult are keeping us posted on current openings and restrictions, so we can remain confident that your trip will be the high quality we expect at MFR.
We will also be offering a money back guarantee, so you can trust that if something goes awry in Europe regarding Covid, you will be protected as well. Until August 1, save your spot in the castle knowing that you will have a full refund should Covid make the trip unsafe.
We love a good party and the soul of MFR is a long, wine-soaked dinner table, but this isn’t the Carnival cruise line. We’re more about tasting all the local liquors with intention. While getting a little tipsy is often part of a great vacation, dealing with a terrible hangover is no way to live a good life. We love a good drink, and we love respect for our fellow Feasters and future selves even more.
Yes! We recommend one of the rooms with 2 or more beds and a shared bathroom. Please contact us with your group number so we can make a more specific recommendation on which room is best! We know this castle like the back of our hand and would love to make you feel at home here.
Minor allergies and restrictions are usually fine- check with us ahead of time to make sure we can accommodate! In the past we have hosted vegetarians, non-drinkers, and gluten free guests. If you have a strict diet that requires a lot of specific protocol, this may not be the trip for you, as many of our meals will be family style and extremely local cuisine. We are happy to discuss specifics with you, just send us a note and we’ll get right back to you!