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Two American moms with French citizenship who have been living, working and raising families in France for 25+ years breath new life into what it’s like to be a woman and immigrant succeeding in this magical country. With their exceptional and fun personalities and fresh perspective on France, join them as they share their “joie de vivre” with you through storytelling, interviews, and more about France and the French. Watch their YouTube videos and subscribe to our channel today!  Click here to visit our YouTube channel, FrenchDish…


  • During our 6 Day Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion, and Sauternes walking, wine, foodie tour, we’re spending a morning cooking at home with my dear friend, Chef Antoine at his family home in the Sauternes appellation located south of Bordeaux. Each of our tours features an at home experience with local friends. In our cooking class, we’re preparing a three course lunch comprised of an appetizer, main dish, and dessert under Antoine’s expert guidance. On the menu, we get hands-on making regional specialties including traditional cannelés and fresh foie gras pan fried. At the conclusion of class, we enjoy an aperitif (cocktail) before savoring the fruits of our labor together at our chef’s table. Thank you Antoine for another memorable moment sharing your culinary “savior faire”! Watch the video below or go to our YouTube channel FRENCHDISH to watch it



  • One of the OPTIONS (designed for interested guests) during our 6 Day Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion, and Sauternes walking, wine, foodie tour is a fun  excursion learning about and making natural skincare products with my dear friend Caroline, La Formulatrice. A professional skincare formulator, Caroline has spent years building her brand designing custom products for clients and teaching others how to formulate. From anti-aging serums and moisturizers to body soap and shampoos, great care and technical precision goes hand in hand with each creation. Join us on our Bordeaux Tour for this fun workshop to learn inside tips and how to make products that your skin will love!  Watch the video below or go to our YouTube channel FRENCHDISH to watch it



  • Our Day discovering the Bassin d’Arcachon and Cap FerretSpending one day during our 6 day Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion, and Sauternes Tour cruising the Bassin d’Arcachon to Cap Ferret. The day features a walk of the Ville d’Hiver, a gourmet lunch overlooking the famous Dune de Pyla and Arcachon Basin. We depart on a traditional wooden pinasse after lunch to cruise over to Cap Ferret for oyster tasting with our local Ostréiculteur. Every day of our tour unfolds one exclusive and personalized experience at a time taking you beyond the tourist hotspots to meet and spend time with our local friends in this magical region.



  • Join us to watch the video as we concluded our September “Best Adventures in Loire Valley” Tour with cooking at home with my dear friends Christophe and Angelique. This week unfolded one magical moment and gourmet experience each day. Guests indulged in fine foods and wine, learned fun history during castle visits, and spent time with my local friends discovering the secrets of regional wine production, floating down the Loire river at sunset, cooking in both a professional kitchen and at home. A week of personalized and authentic experiences, guests left with unforgettable memories of the fun and laughter we shared together throughout the week. Join us in 2022 to travel with us as we take guests beyond the tourist hotspots!!  Email us at or call +1.717.683.2827 for more information – view our Loire Valley itinerary























  • FrenchDish presents our friends and Loire Valley Tour Hotel Partner Guillaume & Julia Jouvin at Le Pavillon des Lys






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A WORD FROM Our Guests:

Exceeded Our Expectations!

“This trip to the Loire Valley exceeded our expectations! Christy planned unique and interesting excursions and activities that highlighted the beauty of the area and provided in-depth background knowledge about the various chateaux we visited. The cooking classes with renowned chefs, held in their restaurants and homes, were never-to-be forgotten experiences, and the visit to the winery was a highlight. The hotel was delightful and charming, and staying in one location for the entire time was a treat. Every meal or cocktail hour was planned to highlight the delicious specialties of the region. Christy is extremely knowledgeable about the various places we visited and imparted that knowledge in an interesting and entertaining manner. She and Remi took great care to ensure that we were always comfortable and well-looked after. We could not have asked for a better trip!” — Ron Rose & Sharon Matsumoto (Have done Provence tour and Loire Valley tour)

This was my third trip in the same number of years

“This was my third trip in the same number of years with Christy and Off the Beaten Path. While on her trips you can tell how much effort there is on the off season to make every single week perfect. From the pick up at the train station to the teary goodbye at the airport, everything is perfectly planned and executed. The hotel in St. Remy is magical, and the tour guides Philippe and David are exceptional. If you are considering a trip with OTBP, go for it and come home with new friends, a love of Provence and a longing to return as soon as you can!” — Beth Bower (Has done Provence tour twice and Loire Valley tour)

The Best Tour Company!

“I have done two tours – Provence and Loire Valley – and I am already looking forward to booking another. The tours are all perfectly curated and Christy is a wealth of knowledge. She is so kind and takes all of your needs and wants into consideration. I cannot recommend Off the Beaten Path enough!” — Madison Carl (Has done Provence and Loire Valley tours)

“We did the Provence tour. 8/2019. I had taken the tour 2017 & this time my husband came with me. It was just as fabulous this time as it was in 2017. Restaurants, picnic, sights, wine, all of it just delightful, but the frosting on the cake is a the knowledge, insight, humor, & attention to detail from David & Philippe. To us, they make a great trip soooo much fun. (also, 3 of our neighbors joined us this tour). Don’t hesitate, take this tour & enjoy!!!!!” — Jim & Carol Dean (Carol has done Provence tour twice)

Returning to Provence with France Off the Beaten Path

“I wanted to return to Provence as soon as it was open. I had toured with Christy in Loire Valley in 2019 and knew I wanted to travel with her again. For the second time, everything was well organized, personal and definitely off the beaten path. Christy and Phillippe have a wealth of knowledge and are eager to share. The hotel was perfectly located in St Remy, the tours to the lavender and sunflower fields are my favorite memory. The lunches and dinners were like visiting friends. The boat tour in Cassis was another highlight. Even though I had visited Provence, this trip with France Off the Beaten Path brought a new appreciation for the area.” — Susan Gage (Has done Loire Valley tour, Provence tour, Champagne tour)

“We had an excellent tour with Christie and her crew in the Loire valley. We did things that only a true insider would have access to-dinner at a Michelin chefs house, helping/learning to cook at a highly rated restaurant in their kitchen. This was in addition to seeing the sights and touring the castles. A truly unique experience that is off the beaten path. We will use her again when going back to France.” — Karen Berner (Has done Loire Valley tour)