Planning a trip to France? Don’t book a ticket without considering a few helpful suggestions from Ruth Gay.
• La Mirande When Ruth visits Europe during the school year, she keeps her stays brief so she’s not away from the family too long. She makes her headquarters in Avignon, her favorite larger city in Provence, where she stays at La Mirande, a four-star hotel with a cooking school and more than 700 years of history (la-mirande.fr).
• Eygalières Each summer, she loads up friends and family for a six-week visit to the stone houses and sweet gardens of tiny Eygalières, just outside St. Remy (provenceweb.fr/e/bouches/eygalieres/eygalieres.htm).
• La Bastide de Marie Ruth mines for inspiration in the neighboring village of Ménerbes, in particular at its enchanting small hotel in a vineyard, La Bastide de Marie (kiwicollection.com/property/la-bastide-de-marie).
• Crillon le Brave One of her very favorite places is another small town, Crillon le Brave, with its stonework houses and a Relais & Châteaux four-star hotel (crillonlebrave.com).