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Need help planning my trip to Provence (St. Remy, Luberon, Arles, Avignon)

sam1 | Mar 22, 201903:05 PM     21

I've done the research (I think), I've read the reviews but need everyone's input to make the most of our short stay in Provence. We're staying in St. Remy (driving from the Nice Airport) and have 4 nights to explore the area before 2 extra nights in Menton. We have a young baby and this is a much needed break to recharge. We're from New York City and go to Europe regularly but never spent any time in Provence. I am fully aware that we are cramming quite a bit in a short time frame. We will gladly cut out some stuff if we feel like taking it a bit slower of course.

A few questions/needs:
-Any recommendation for lunch and dinner on a Monday in or near St Remy? Mas du Capoun works but I'd like to know if there are any other better recommendations...sort of places close to our hotel where we can relax and be blown away on our first day/evening.
-Our second day will be spent around the Luberon. I know it's a bit much but the plan was to spend some time in L'isle sur la Sorgue, gordes, bonnieux, menerbes and back to St. Remy. Restaurants that seem to be chowhound approved here would be L'arome and L'Petit Resto? Bartavelle in Goult looks appealing but is it worth rearranging our day in Luberon? Any other ideas or must visit places? We'd love to eat outdoors as often as possible and would sacrifice 'the best' food for 'solid food' and a good view or a memorable location. Should we skip one of these towns for another?
-Next day we were planning on visiting Arles. Chez Caro, Le Galoubet came up on my research for lunch. Any thoughts? Any other recommendations? We're planning on visiting Carrieres de Lumieres before dinner at Bistrot Paradou on our way back to St. Remy. Paradou sounds very touristy but everyone here seems to still enjoy it. Stick with it?
-Avignon and north today. L'agape in Avignon for lunch? We have planned to have dinner in L'oustalet in Gigondas on our final night. Good idea? Any recommendations for a vineyard to visit in Chateauneuf du Pape? We're more Northern Rhone fans but would like to buy 2-3 bottles to remember the trip by. I've been recommended Château La Nerthe but would Telegraphe or Clos du Papes or even Rayas have an enjoyable wine tasting?

Thanks in advance friends. I know chowhound has had less activity over the years but I've always been a big advocate and look to experts such as yourselves for tips to make our vacations memorable.

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