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Discover the very best of the Chantilly, France area with our Staff Picks blog, where you’ll find the latest updates on all of our local favorites, from unique upcoming events to the top nearby attractions.

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    Spend an Afternoon in Charming Senlis

    Situated in the Picardie region of France, famed for its annual bumper crops of endives and beetroots, Senlis is a typical French town with a medieval twist. It often takes a back page in guidebooks to the likes of Versailles and Fontainebleau, but there's no less to experience. Sitting in the very heart of town is Senlis Cathedral with its 256-foot bell tower. Right next door is an enchanting 16th-century library. It is open, but if you'd rather someone do the research for you, stop into one of the city's three museums. If you'd rather skip the books or information plaques all together, you'll practically trip over history at the site of the ancient royal castle. Explore its remains today, not as the Gothic monstrosity it once was, but as a garden. Before you leave town, stop into a cozy confectionary for local chocolate specialty, Séraphine. You won't be disappointed!

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    Visit the Cistercian Royaumont Abbey

    Treat yourself to a winter wonderland walk through Chantilly Forest, where, within a thicket of green, just 20 minutes from Chantilly's center, you'll stumble upon the magnificent Royaumont Abbey. Founded in 1228 by Louis IX, the future Saint Louis, along with the support of his mother, Blanche de Castille, the 11th-century Cistercian marvel was restored in 2016 and stands amid 6.5 sprawling manicured hectares. The estate has preserved the main convent buildings, which can be visited year-round. These include the Cloisters, the center of monastic life, as well as the refectory for the Cistercian monks. Its two naves and rows of Ogival arches boast the best-preserved elements of the original abbey. The romantic ruins of the abbey’s church are all that remain from before the French Revolution. Throughout the year, the abbey hosts artist residency programs geared towards music and dance. The grounds are open from 10 to 6.

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    Take Your Imagination for a Ride at Domaine de Chantilly

    Across Le Grand Canal and tucked behind the Château de Chantilly is the not-so-humble Domaine de Chantilly, the largest stables in Europe. Once playing host to kings and queens, today the 18th-century architectural marvel houses the Museum of Horses. And it's here that we invite you to celebrate the holidays like never before.

    From December 1st to January 6th, aerial waltzes and equestrian ballets animate the story of forest fairies, misguided royalty, and unrequited love in a fantastic twist on William Shakespeare's, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It's only once a year that the trained and dressed stallions perform under the magnificent 28-meter high dome. So don't miss your chance. Set to a rainbow of colors and playful melodies, "A Midwinter Night's Dream" promises to take your imagination for a ride. Arrive early to take in the expansive estate as well as the museum exhibitions inside. 

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    Remembering Armistice Day 100 Years Later

    One hundred years ago this November, the Armistice ended World War I in the Forest of Compiégne, just forty minutes north of Chantilly. Why not take the time to commemorate the end of the Great War by visiting the memorial there. Step inside a reproduction of the original railroad carriage where French, English and German leaders signed the agreement. Learn the details of the historic day inside the attached museum. And stand before the inscribed stone monument to pay respect to the estimated 17 million people who lost their lives.

    A paved path through the nearby glade accommodates bikers and walkers. November offers cool weather and a lot of color with foliage at its most colorful time before the cooler winter months. Admission to the site is 5 euros and it’s open every day except Tuesday. Click here to discover how to make the most of your stay at Dolce Chantilly.

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    Spooky Fall Fun at Parc Asterix

    Whether you have kids, are a kid at heart, or simply love a good thrill, you’re sure to appreciate our Paris area hotel’s proximity to the popular French amusement park Parc Asterix, especially if you’re visiting us this autumn—just in time for the frights, shivers, and laughter of “Peur sur le Parc.”

    From 6th October to 4th November, Parc Asterix will be transformed into a ghoulish fall wonderland, featuring Halloween themed attractions, haunted houses, and more. Feeling skittish? Don’t worry—there are three levels of fear, from moderately frightening to slightly scary to absolutely terrifying, so young guests (as well as the easily spooked) can still have a good time.

    Meet monsters, carve pumpkins, walk haunted trails, and check out all of the exciting rides. For tricks and treats, there’s nothing quite like Peur sur le Parc, only twenty minutes from Dolce Chantilly!