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Michelle Sweeney Lain

Originally from Lake Tahoe, California, I came to the Savoy for love many years ago. I have always been taken by the charms of the many-faceted region that I call home.

I developed Alpsfairy.com to house the collection of practical and clever links to all the many interesting aspects of Savoy and Haute-Savoie. The best hikes, restaurants, events, and craftsmen of all types with the added touch of history to help English-speaking expats and visitors live the Alps Mont Blanc experience to the hilt.

After connecting on the net over the shared fascination for the Alps Mont Blanc region, Damien and I realized we were a perfect professional match.

Damien was born and lives in the heart of the Alps, Chambéry, Savoie and is passionate about travel. Endowed with a degree in business as well as several years’ experience in tourism, Damien has experienced many countries and cultures.

Through his travels, Damien has discovered a lot of magnificent places throughout the world (the most beautiful in his eyes remains, of course, the Alps ...!). But what marked him the most during his travels is one really benefits from a region only when the locals help to discover it.

Damien embodies this new generation those who wish to promote and perpetuate the values of locavores. To show the "real" Alps, that of the breathtaking landscapes, generous inhabitants, unusual craftsmen and rich heritage.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialize in the Alps Mont Blanc region : the French, Italian and Swiss Alps.

Our themes for our half-day excursions, day-trips, and tours are :
- Wine & Gastronomy
- Culture & Gardens
- Outdoor Activities
- and most important to live unforgettable Experiences. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"For both of us, it came naturally, we wanted to convince traveler from all over the world that this isn't just a skiing destination. The more locals we met the more we wanted to create tours and day trips to help others discover everything we love about this region. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Personnally, I try to make every trip memorable, by researching every detail so I never miss a beat. I hate to miss out on something that could have really made my trip exceptional.
My favorite memories from the different places I have visited are actually of people. The Pakistani taxi driver in Dubai - unforgettable. Our guide in Oman also. It is the people you meet that make a trip special.
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Featured trips & expertise

Vineyards of the Lavaux region by Lake Geneva
Exploring the Wine Regions of Mont Blanc - 6 Days

Sample some of the world's best wines as you circle around Mont Blanc from Switzerland to Italy to France. Visit vineyards nestled in the idyllic countryside in the foothills of the Alps, where ancient grape varieties still produce rare and high-quality wines. Taste local wines in the terraced hills of Lavaux, Switzerland, and toast to the breathtaking views from Pointe Helbronner in France with a glass of Cuvée des Guides — moments and wines to be remembered!