For my trip mid-Sept to early October.
The area I'm looking at: draw a line starting at Uzes, south to Nimes, east to Arles, then north to St. Remy, Avignon and Orange. I'll come from north of there, spend most of a day in and around Pont d'Arc, then want to check in, get my bearings and find dinner with a view or people watching.
Ideally I'm looking for a decent place to spend evenings having a relaxing dinner (not late nights) with easy drives to all the places mentioned, some history with only manageable crowds and traffic.
Also, please recommend any sights you loved in the area (Pont du Gard is already on the list).
For those who read my bigger topic on a southeast loop, it's now looking like I'll spend three or four nights here, then four or five nights in the Riviera area (possibly four in Riviera and two on Corsica). That will put me at up to 13 nights on the loop and at least five nights in Paris.
I'd drop my car soon after getting to the Riviera (maybe drive up hill one day) and use the local train to get around until I fly back to Paris from Nice.