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Last September I joined a four-day wine tasting tour at La Madelène (three-day trips from $2,449 for two, all-inclusive), in the Mont Ventoux foothills near Avignon. Built in the 12th century as a Benedictine priory, it’s now a six-room oenophile’s getaway. The focus may be on wine (co-owner Philip Reddaway leads personalized tours of the region), but the property would be worth a stay even without it—beautiful meals are served in the arched chapel or on the terrace; a pool looks out to the surrounding vineyards. This November, for the first time, they’re doing a three-day truffle tour of the Rhône. Sounds magnifique to me! —Carolyn Ernst, New York, N.Y.
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T+L Asks: What’s Your No. 1 Tip for Staying Healthy on the Road?
Push-ups, sit-ups, sleep. Rinse and repeat. —Alex Nanfara, Hoboken, N.J.
I live in New York City and can’t stress this enough: hand sanitizer. —Alma Cynthia Verdejo
Since I love to explore new places, I bring my running shoes with me everywhere. I take off every morning, no matter where I am. —Kim Tate, Seattle, Wash.
We bring our own protein bars, Kashi, and Greek yogurt, if the hotel room has a fridge. Saves a lot of calories in “continental breakfasts.” —Julie Ann Dominguez, Miami
Take Wet Ones to wipe down the remote, handles, etc. in the hotel room. —Katrina Clarence Rene, Houston, Tex.
No sugar! Eat healthy! —Tammy Brooks Adams
Get plenty of sleep, especially if you’ve crossed time zones. —Latonya E. Clark, Washington, D.C.
We take a spa day on the last day of each trip! Splurge on delicious local food, but burn it off with adventures around town. —Iris Borgha, Charleston, S.C.
Listen to your gut, for both good and bad. —Sandra Bybee
Walk as much as possible, and eat lots of fresh fruit/smoothies. —Bernadette Smith
Rest! We all like to see “everything,” but if you get sick you’ll miss it all. —Kari Hopkins Bullen, Longmont, Colo.
Bring Cipro. —Amy Pikalow Marren
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