“Experiential travel” has been the buzz phrase for the last couple of years—you know, getting a more in-depth feel for a destination, rather than just going sightseeing. Well, we had our own experiential trip in an unexpected Southern city, Tallahassee, where we digged deep into local dishes and hung with the locals at top eateries. The full onsite—including hotel recommendations for your clients—is in the Recommend December issue, but here’s a peek at some of the goodies we discovered.
• Bradley’s Country Store, Tallahassee, FL
Offering homemade sausage and grits so good, they say even Oprah herself shops here. Show up for a quick walk-through of the on-property smokehouse and grinding mill: (850) 893-4742; bradleyscountrystore.com
• Full Moon Farm and Apiary, Monticello, FL
Tour bravely through stacks of beehive boxes and talk with owners Tony and Becky Hogg about the process of honey-making. Our recommendation: Don’t wear bright colors. Visitors welcome, call for a tour: (850) 997-3974; fullmoonhoney.com
• Monticello Vineyards & Winery, Monticello, FL
Sip seasonal flavors or help pick grapes with owner Cynthia Connolly as you learn the winery’s history and organic foundation. Visitors encouraged to call for appointment: (850) 294-WINE; monticellowinery.com
• Golden Acres Ranch, Monticello, FL
Home to goats, sheep, chickens and guineas, there’s plenty to see at Golden Acres Ranch. Meet Stevie the Tennessee fainting goat, the locally adored pet of Golden Acres Ranch, and pick up some Mayhaw jam, a local (and hard-to-find) favorite. Visitors welcome, call for ongoing events schedule: (850) 997-6599; goldenacresranchflorida.com
• Sweet Grass Dairy, Thomasville, GA
Learn how cheese is made and make some of your own with owner Jeremy Little during seasonally offered workshops. Classes fill up quickly, so be sure to call for reservations: (229) 227-0752; sweetgrassdairy.com
For more on Tallahassee and its environs, go to visittallahassee.com and be sure to check out the December issue.