Location, location, location. You can’t get much closer to the action at Chateau de Chambord than by planning a stay at Hotel Grand St. Michel. Nestled right next to this castle of King François I, you have unobstructed views of the largest chateau in the Loire Valley. The castle and its grounds can be reached by a leisurely stroll from this charming bed-and-breakfast. A sunlit countryside room provides a complimentary breakfast each morning, while dinner is served in a rustic dining hall decorated with a roaring fireplace and antler chandeliers, a nod to the use of Chambord as a hunting lodge for François I. There’s often wine tastings offered on the grounds, where you can purchase some of the best local wines around for a steal! Waking up each morning to the view of this fairy-tale castle, you’ll find it’s hard to come back to the hustle and bustle of modern life.