After a five-hour drive from my home in Pittsburgh, I arrived at the Philadelphia Travel and Adventure Show energized to meet with exhibitors and learn about what they had to offer a food-minded traveler. Here is what caught my attention as I bounced from booth-to-booth.
The Delaware Tourism Office offers a comprehensive self-guided trail of beer, wine and spirits businesses throughout the state. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Painted Stave Distilling and Nassau Valley Vineyards are among the 17 options listed. If you’re looking to explore the state’s culinary side, a similar trail of 24 iconic restaurants to try is also available. Learn More
Curator, Sherri “Shake Down” Darocha describes Dutch’s Spirits as a “new historic site.” Known as Harvest Homestead Farm in the Catskills Mountains, the 400 acres had more than a few well-kept secrets. Strategically hidden in an old cow barn, a distillery produced thousands of gallons of moonshine during the Prohibition era. The sprawling complex included a labyrinth of underground tunnels, bunkers and false chimneys to prevent detection from authorities. Now revitalized into farm-to-bottle complex with an eye for tourism, this is high on my list of places to visit. Groups can get a history lesson while touring the new distillery, explore the farm where grains for the spirits are harvested, and enjoy a meal and cocktail at the new onsite Bunkhouse restaurant. Learn More
Does the idea of slathering maple syrup over everything in sight make you squeal with delight? Then check out the extensive maple syrup directory created by the New York State Maple Producers Association. The website is a great tool for those interested in learning more about the region’s maple production, farms to visit, grading scales for color and taste, events, and even recipes to try at home. Learn More
I became a huge fan of Un-Cruise Adventures through my day job at Frontiers International Travel, and I was happy to see them co-exhibiting with the Travel Alaska. Unlike a megaship experience, Un-Cruise is more personal with up to 90 passengers instead of 3,000. The smaller vessels can travel into smaller passageways for closer animal viewing opportunities. Excursions, including kayaking and paddle boarding, occur directly from the stern of the ship. Un-Cruise is offering a 7-night craft-brew themed tour of Washington and the San Juan Islands in April and October. Learn More
Big Swig Tours in Anchorage, Alaska
If a trip to Anchorage, Alaska, is on your travel bucket list, then make sure Big Swig Tours is on your itinerary. The three and a half hour tour includes a minimum 12 beer tastings and a selection of appetizers while a guide details the history and emergence of Alaska’s craft brew scene. I was told culinary-centric tours are currently in development and should launch in the near future. Learn More