While Vaison has centuries-old attractions, the most popular for Americans may well now be Patricia Wells's Cooking Classes. A living monument of Provence, the celebrated food critic first made her name known through posh food columns and The Food Lover's Guide to France. First-hand, she now introduces people to the splendors of French cooking in her lovely farmhouse near Vaison through week-long cooking seminars—luxe ($5,000 a student), 12 students only, and
set over Madame Wells's own Chanteduc vineyards. The truffle workshop in January is usually sold out, so book early (online only).
Vaison-la-Romaine, 84110, France