Champagne is a small wine district dedicated to the production of the effervescent liquid that we associate with happy occasions and celebrations. The name “champagne” can be used only for the wines produced by this region’s vineyards. Its capital is Reims, a not-very-attractive city due to being almost razed in World War I, but many of its buildings and its fine old Gothic cathedral have been restored. Below the city is a honeycomb of champagne cellars. Nearby lies the most important town for champagne, Epernay, where the mighty mansions of the producers alternate with their maisons (“houses”-the term for their offices, warehouses, cellars, and factories). The vineyards are south of Reims, along the valley of the Marne. It is not particularly beautiful countryside, just gentle slopes facing towards the sun, interspersed with workaday villages that offer opportunities for sampling, but few tourist facilities such as cafés, restaurants, or shops. Our list of Champagne-Aredenne properties includes memorable small hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts and chateaux hotels. We have lodgings in every price range but all have special qualities to recommend them.