Hotel de l'Atelier
Villeneuve Lez Avignon,
The Location: A mile from Avignon in southeastern France, the medieval town of Villeneuve sits high on a rocky escarpment above the Rhône. Ivy twists up the walls of Hotel de l’Atelier, a pretty 16th-century maison that was a silk workshop in its last incarnation.
Don’t Miss: At La Mirande hotel in Avignon, one of France’s top cooking schools, Le Marmiton, hosts half-day cooking classes with some of the region’s best chefs, including Jean-Claude Aubertin, famous in gastronomic circles. The famed wine route of Châteauneuf du Pape begins just a few miles from the hotel.