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Ingredients of a Great Vacation

Aah, food… a big part of your next vacation. Explore local ingredients, outdoors and indoors, have local chefs prepare them, or go for the full culinary experience with cooking classes and wine tastings. We have the perfect places to stay. Pictured top: eating in the great outdoors at Far Meadow, just outside Yosemite National Park, California.

At Verana (below), chefs prepare delicious local fare — Mexican classics as well as secret family recipes. Pistachio-crusted red snapper, dried chile ancho stuffed with three cheeses… Why not learn their tricks in an outdoor cooking class?

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Verana. Yelapa, Mexico

The Culture Retreat (below) brings farm to table in a feast for the stomach — and the eyes. An organic farm with figs, olives, apricots, and much more, it’s all about gastronomy… You can even take part in a harvest, if you time it right!

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Culture Retreat. Algarve, Portugal

The owner of the Alentejo House (below) recently traveled the world meeting celebrated chefs, and has written all about it in a new book entitled We, Chefs (coming soon to our Marketplace!).

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Alentejo House. Estremoz, Portugal

Andalusian Hills (below) has just added a new experience to their repertoire of gastronomic indulgences — bringing together seven celebrated local chefs for culinary excursions, on everything from Spanish classics to fusion. Read more about it all here.

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Andalusian Hills. Malaga, Spain

Village Castigno in the Languedoc (below) is perfect for wine lovers. Inspired by the vibrant tones of its homegrown wines, it’s a splash of joyous color, offering fine dining among the vines, wine tours and cooking classes…

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Village Castigno. Assignan, France

The English county of Norfolk is gaining quite a reputation for food – with its great pubs, restaurants, cafes and farm shops. Hales Hall‘s owners describe themselves as “deeply in touch with the soil”, and source their food from local farms and dairies.

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Hales Hall. Norfolk, UK

Surrounded by vineyards and orchards that still produce some of the region’s finest varietals and olive oils, Le Moulin a Sartene (below) is a throwback to a bygone era. Sample local wines, have breakfast by the pool, ask for a private chef…

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Le Moulin a Sartene. Corsica, France

Authentic Sicilian cuisine against a backdrop of olive groves, citrus trees and vineyards? Historic Boutique Hideaway is situated in 40 acres of organic farmland, and offers wine tastings, farm tours, and cooking classes… Buon appetito!

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Historic Boutique Hideaway. Sicily, Italy

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” ― Craig Claiborne

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