There’s a market out there full of clients who need to travel just as much as they need food and water. And for them, we’ve put together a menu of good homestyle culinary vacations.
With the release of Trafalgar’s USA & Canada 2013 brochure comes the debut of a new Taste of North America program. The program features four itineraries that span from eight to 14 days, focusing on the culinary treasures of each region they visit. Itineraries include:
• The 8-day San Francisco & Wine Country Delights travels from San Francisco to Napa, with plenty of stops in between; highlights include multiple wine tastings and tours, such as a private group event at the Castello di Amorosa ($2,255)
• The 14-day Wonder & Flavors of the Golden State travels between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with highlights including a mountaintop dinner, a tasting exploration at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market and a farewell dinner aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train ($3,475)
• The 10-day Tastes & Sounds of the South travels between Nashville and New Orleans, with highlights including a guided tour of the Jack Daniels factory and an interactive cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking ($2,295)
• The 11-day New York Zest & New England’s Best travels between New York City and Boston, with highlights including watching sugar being made on snow and sampling locally made cider and maple syrup ($3,275)
All rates are pp dbl. For an added bonus, clients can save 5-10 percent off booking rates when they book and pay in full at least six months in advance. For more information, call (800) 854-0103 or visit trafalgar.com or trafalgaragent.com.
Hyatt Regency Tamaya, New Mexico
Honoring Southwest and Native American culinary traditions, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya has announced a long-running weekend culinary program that features New Mexico’s most popular crop: green and red chiles.
The Chile Harvest package is offered on weekends through Oct. 3. According to the itinerary, guests are welcomed on Saturday afternoons, and enjoy a dinner at the onsite Corn Maiden restaurant, where a resort chef will join them to share the history of chile in New Mexico. On Sunday, guests are accompanied by a resort chef to visit the Grower’s Market in Corrales, where together the group will choose chiles to include in their dinner that evening. They’ll return to the resort to enjoy a chile-infused Ancient Drumming treatment at the Tamaya Mist Spa, and will relax afterwards with a Chile Martini at the Rio Grande Lounge.
After they’ve left the resort, guests should expect a souvenir in the mail—a collection of chile recipes and a chile rista, or string of dried red chiles.
Rates for the Chile Harvest package start at $999 plus tax and daily resort fee; use code CHLE when booking. For more information, call (800) 55-HYATT or visit tamaya.hyatt.com.
Twin Farms Resort, Vermont
Twin Farms Resort in Barnard,VT, offers a more low-key way to explore and discover culinary opportunities at your client’s own pace. Here, the executive chef prepares each meal based on the guest’s personal food preference. As the resort says, “Menus don’t exist; each dish is a delightful surprise.”
Twin Farms supports locally and naturally grown products, sourcing many proteins and vegetables that way. Meanwhile, on-property gardens provide the kitchen staff with fresh lettuces, asparagus and herbs, and an assortment of breads, ice creams, pastas and soups are all made from scratch on premises. And to complement the gastronomic offerings, Twin Farms boasts a 20,000-bottle wine cellar featuring bottles both local and international.
Guests can feel free to educate themselves by speaking with executive chef Ted Ask, meandering through the property’s gardens and visiting local farmer’s markets while they stay at Twin Farms. And inside the 20 rooms, suites and cottages that sit on its 300-acre property, guests can enjoy a fireplace or screened porch in addition to luxurious bath products and the creature comforts of a cozy cabin in the woods.
All-inclusive nightly rates start at $1,260 dbl. The property’s all-inclusive program provides fresh, healthy meals and picnics, afternoon tea and pastries, warm chocolate chip cookies and milk after dinner, fine wines and spirits, WiFi and unlimited worldwide phone calls, a range of outdoor sports, fitness center and games. For more information, call (800) 894-6327 or visit twinfarms.com.