One of my business partner’s many hidden talents is her ability to pick a great hotel. I didn’t know this until we traveled on business to Belgium a few years ago, and Meg blithely said, “Oh I’ll book the hotels.” Somewhat trepidatiously, I agreed, while hoping that she would adhere to the strict rule of seeking hotels that ooze with charm, elegance and beautiful inspiration … and did I say affordability?
I needn’t have worried. After she found a series of lovely hotels in Belgium, topped by the charming Pand Hotel in Bruges, where we oohed and aahed over the hotel’s delightful, quaint and pretty décor (and died laughing, in front of a roaring fire, drinking Remy Martin and writing ad copy, which seemed a lot more clever in the moment than it did the morning after!), Meg was annointed our uniquely qualified Hotel picker extraordinaire.
So for our upcoming buying trip to France, which will take us out of our geographic comfort zone, and in to new unchartered hotel territory, I offered up a couple of suggestions of what I thought were pretty, pleasant and affordable lodging alternatives. Within 30 seconds, I received a polite rebuke and the following wonderful, quaint, and oh so French, suggestions, with all the qualities we look for to inspire us at Huff Harrington Home. Here’s the Meg list, from which we have made our selection.
To begin with, the lovely La Begude in Vers Pont du Gard:
And then there’s the B & B, La Maison St. Jean, in the little village of Boulbon, located between Avignon and Nimes.
And on the opposite extreme of the clean lines and simplicity of la Maison de St. Jean is this charming hotel in Nimes called Le Jardin Secret. You’ll need to visit their website to do it justice, or do what I hope to do … visit it in person!
So these are the choices miss Meggie came up with. How did she do and where would you stay among these choices? Tell us why! And have you enjoyed reading about our little hotel venutures?
If so, stay tuned …
PS: OK here’s the deal. There’s one more hotel out there that I’m holding out for. Unless we have a really good buying trip, It’s out of our little Huff Harrington league but I’m working on convincing a certain ironman to take me there to celebrate his upcoming race. I found it on my own, using Meg’s discerning tactics. And I can’t wait to share it with Meg because it’s entirely inspirational for Huff Harrington home … and that other little business that we are cooking up slowly. Are you curious? Stay tuned … and pray that my ironman finishes his race!