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Echaurren Inn And Restaurant: Rioja's Refined Valley Retreat

2017
20 November
2017-11-20 00:00:00
2017-11-20 00:00:00

Echaurren Inn And Restaurant: Rioja's Refined Valley Retreat

Tucked into the Oja valley in Spain’s northern Rioja region, Ezcaray is one of those tiny hamlets that turns out to have an unexpected big profile. In the middle of town, and facing a fine little Gothic church, the Relais & Châteaux member inn Echaurren and its two-Michelin star restaurant are alone worth the drive up the valley.

First, the town: With plenty of half-timbered houses set around pedestrianized plazas that are lined with outdoor cafes, Ezcaray was made for strolling. It takes perhaps half an hour at most to tour by foot, while a stroll down along the banks of the tiny Rio Oja, the river which lends its name to the famous Rioja wine region, doesn't take much longer.

Along the way, you'll quickly pick up that sleepy Ezcaray was once a major textile center, with one of its vast and handsome early-twentieth-century factories now serving as city hall. It may be a modest little shop, but Mantas Escaray has been around since 1930 and is famous for its mohair and cashmere blankets.

In winter, the town hosts visitors who head up to the Valdezcaray ski resort to schuss over 22 runs in the Sierra de la Demanda, a mountain range which tops out at an impressive 7,000 feet and extenda into the Castile and León regions.

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