dorie greenspan, the famed pastry lover/cookbook co-author, has a blog where she recently detailed a trip she took to the gateau basque museum in the french basque countryside. if you don't know what a gateau basque is, i'll let her explain:
Time out to describe a Gateau Basque: It's a double layer of dough, more like a thick tart crust than the word "gateau" would lead you to believe, encasing a layer of either vanilla pastry cream or dark cherry jam, a local specialty.
um, consider me interested in eating many of those, in every variety. the woman practically planned her trip around visiting this small museum, and it definitely sounds like it was worth it. so sign me up!
update - came across this tiny inn - you can rent a room in a farmhouse in the town of sare, nearby the museum, if you so desire. beautiful views, and a great price! (starting at 280 euros/week!) and the guggenheim bilabo is only an hour and a half away....