Preparing meals from locally sourced ingredients has gone to another level of sustainability with hotels and resorts now growing own food on site. Farm-to-table culinary practices are a trending amenity in top hotels and resorts across the country.
Guests of the Fairmount in San Francisco, California, enjoy the hotel’s 1,000-square-foot rooftop garden and numerous honeybee apiaries. With many of the hotel-grown herbs found on the bar menu, the award-winning honey is predominantly featured in salad dressings and afternoon tea service. Guests meander through the garden, or enjoy from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the rooftop pavilion.
Cape May’s Congress Hall hotel operates the protected wetlands garden, Beach Plum Farm, just over a mile from the hotel. The 62-acre farm provides Congress Hall’s kitchen with pesticide-free vegetables, fruit, honey and eggs. Hotel guests enjoy homemade pizza sauce from the hotel’s tomato garden and can join in honeycomb spinning and digging for sweet potatoes.
The state of Vermont has always been synonymous with wholesome farm-to-table practices, and Woodstock Inn and Resort does not disappoint. With just more than two acres of gardens, this upscale inn boasts beautiful views of the on-site mushroom glen, fruit orchards and more than 200 varieties of vegetables.
Escape to Belle Mont Farm, a Caribbean resort boasting farm-to-table cuisine, charm and accommodations. Kick back in the guesthouse, villa or charming farmhouse with Caribbean Sea views. Enjoy homegrown cuisine and fresh organic produce from Belle Mont’s lush 400-acre farm.
Bring the family — including pets — and relax at the Mountain Goat Lodge. Located just outside of Salida, Colo., the Mountain Goat Lodge provides the ultimate farm experience boasting unbeatable views of the Sawatch Mountain Range. Visit the on-site dairy goats, providing the lodge’s milk, cheese and yogurt. Take a class with the family and learn how to make cheese right from the source.
Don’t expect Turin to fit your image of Italy. It’s Italian, all right — the evening passeggiata and a love of good food and wine are alive and well. But you’ll look in vain for medieval cobbled streets, crumbling castles and works by Michelangelo (who never set foot here). Instead, although you’ll find some Roman ruins, you’ll also find a faux medieval village, a world-class film museum and a café life that rivals Vienna’s. You and your family will have fun here.
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Are your kids astronaut wannabes? Or maybe a holiday tradition in your family is to re-watch Macauley Culkin’s Home Alone every year. Either way, the brand new, dual-branded 342-room Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop and the historic 1928 Whitehall Hotel have packages designed for the little ones in your family.
The Grinch reimaged in intricate ice carvings, superfast indoor snow tubing and a Ferris wheel ride with Santa high above the D.C. area. Sound like fun? You and your family can experience all this and lots more this holiday season at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.