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8 Vacations for Local Food Lovers
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MARCH 03, 2013

For proponents of experiential travel or people who just like to eat and drink their way through a vacation, culinary tourism is where it's at -- and the experiences here are destination-centric as well as delicious.
New England's Garden Herbs, Maple and More
Around the White Mountains of New Hampshire, local harvests and culinary traditions have been turned into an ongoing series of themed foodie experiences. It's always informal, self-guided and community-centered. Hundreds of locals and tourists drive to participate in self-guided snacking itineraries hosted by local B&Bs, inns, or restaurants. This is also an opportunity for innkeepers to meet and razzle-dazzle potential overnight guests. Country Inns in the White Mountains hosts the Inn-to-Inn Herb Tour in June.
Artisan Cheese Festival
Further fueling the world's love affair with Sonoma, Calif., we present the Artisan Cheese Festival, now in its seventh year. Nearly two dozen SoCo cheese makers will participate, from "American Original" Bleating Heart, which produces two kinds of sheep's cheese in very limited quantities, to Cowgirl Creamery, which is practically a West Coast institution. Half a dozen wineries are pouring, as well as Petaluma's very own Lagunitas Brewery. The fromage-fest takes place March 22-24, 2013 at the Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma.
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