Culture :

Seven kilometers from the Moulin de Vrin is the charming town of La Charite sur Loire. Set on the historic pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela in France, the church of Sainte-Croix-Notre-Dame figures on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. You can also spend a few hours hunting for treasures at the local booksellers' stands, the "bouquinistes.www.lacharitesurloire-tourisme.com

The city of Bourges -- known for its historic town center, its cathedral and its annual music festival, the Printemps de Bourges -- is 45 minutes away. www.bourgestourisme.com

Nevers, capital of porcelain-making, is 30 minutes away. www.ville-nevers.fr

At Guedelon castle, craftsmen are building a reconstruction of a medieval chateau -- without any modern conveniences, and using only tools from the 13th century. It is located 1 hour from the Moulin de Vrin. www.guedelon.fr

Sport :

Cano:Canoe:Take a canoe tour on the Loire for half a day or a full day.: www.canoeevasion.com

Rail-bikes: Discover local wine country by taking a tour on rail-bikes that operate on a former train track, crossing over 3 Loire River bridges. www.cyclorail.com

Biking: The banks of the Loire canals are ideal for a short bike trip. Bikes can be borrowed based on availability. Auto racing: The Magny Cours race track is 30 minutes away. Golf: The golf course of Sancerrois in St. Satur, at the foot of the Sancerre hill, is 20 minutes from the Moulin de Vrin. www.golf-sancerre.com

Regional "terroir" :

Discover the wines of the Loire valley. Whether you prefer red, white or rose, you'll find what you're looking for as you comb the region's wine caves. Try Sancerre, Pouilly sur Loire, Pouilly fume or Menetou Salon.... www.ville-sancerre.com