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Best Food Hotels in the Country

Top-notch eats and foodie experiences — think on-site farm tours and cooking classes, locally inspired minibar snacks and rooftop apres-ski — are turning hotels into destinations unto themselves. These are the best hotels for foodies from coast to coast.

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The Line Hotel DC, Washington, D.C.

With three restaurants, two bars, a coffee shop and 24-hour room service, you can literally eat and drink around the clock at The Line Hotel DC. James Beard Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde is behind the brunch-and dinner restaurant, A Rake's Progress. The bounty of the Mid-Atlantic is on full-display here, so you're guaranteed a taste of the region no matter what you order, but the stone hearth centerpiece is your clue to order anything roasted or smoked, particularly small game such as rabbit, duck or quail. For an equally thoughtful and local approach to drinks, head to A Rake's Bar for fruit- and herb-based cocktails, communal punches and Maryland ciders on tap. Erik Bruner-Yang is behind the other two restaurants: Brothers and Sisters, a lobby restaurant and bar with shareable plates and snacks; and Spoken English, a standing-room restaurant and bar anchored by an open-flame oven that turns out dishes such as Peking duck, grilled yakitori and wagyu short rib. Don't miss desserts from acclaimed pastry chef Pichet Ong — the desserts are as delicious as they are striking, so it's no surprise to learn that Ong has a master's degree in architecture. Still hungry? The lively Adams Morgan neighborhood in which the hotel is located is chock-full of cafes, all-night diners and a variety of global restaurants, including Ethiopian, Salvadoran and Vietnamese spots.

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SLS Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

With world-renowned chef José Andrés overseeing its culinary program, SLS Beverly Hills is a foodie destination for travelers and locals alike. The inventive and whimsical fare at The Bazaar by José Andrés has been a fixture in the city's fine-dining scene for over a decade, and that spirit carries over to the hotel's newest restaurant, Somni, helmed by Chef Aitor Zabala. The 10-seat counter with a multicourse tasting menu reflects its luxe environs with visually striking dishes, like the Shigoku Oyster Aguachile caviar. Satisfy your sweet tooth at The Patisserie with a "graffiti board" of desserts selected from 20 dreamy treats such as rainbow-hued macarons and bonbons. You can book special foodie packages such as the Be Epicurean for a three-day Angeleno culinary adventure, including a "Very Bazaar" mixology, culinary or bonbon-making class; a foraging expedition and picnic in Angeles National Park; and dinner and a kitchen tour at Somni. Special touches are interspersed throughout, like cigar night in the Garden Terrace, paella night at The Bazaar, and a wellness shot or spirit of the day served during the 4:30 p.m. SLS Salute. Take a complimentary Destination Discovery Tour to explore West Third Street's culinary gems, including specialty shops like Joan's on Third.

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Kennebunk Inn, Kennebunk, Maine

Maine's Kennebunk Inn is like the charming, historic bed-and-breakfast of our dreams — complete with lobster pot pie and lobster white-truffle pizza. The hotel is run by chefs Brian and Shanna O'Hea, who met at the Culinary Institute of America, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that their signature lobster dishes have garnered national attention — on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, in Oprah's O Magazine and in Travel & Leisure. The couple launched an e-commerce business to satisfy the growing demand. In between running the inn and cooking everything for the restaurant, the O'Heas pick up and cook the lobsters on the day of the shipment. Still, we imagine that the lobster pot pie must taste extra special after a day spent exploring the local beaches. Holidays are a particularly fun and delicious time to stay here: The O'Heas prepare a special spirit-messenger dinner with a local psychic in homage to the inn's haunted history; Christmas sees the return of chestnut bisque; and Valentine's Day features a tasting menu with coeur a la creme (a heart-shaped dessert that's like a crustless cheesecake) and a milkshake for two.

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The Carpenter Hotel, Austin, Texas

Feeling particularly weary after your travels? At the Carpenter Hotel's entrance, Hot L Coffee shines like a beacon of hope with local brews from Merit Coffee plus nitro coffee, kombucha, beer and wine on tap. And in your room's minibar you'll find pick-me-up snacks like Pringles and Haribo gummy bears alongside local treats like Whittington's beef jerky and AustiNuts trail mix. With its laid-back vibes and polished yet friendly service, the hotel's restaurant, Carpenters Hall, is the rare kind of place that makes visitors feel like locals and locals feel like regulars. It's helmed by Chef Grae Nonas and has a creative, approachable menu that pays tribute to many of Texas cuisine's culinary influences, such as German, Czech and Mexican. To wit, you'll find dishes such as chicken schnitzel with black garlic chimichurri and migas, a dish of scrambled eggs with fried tortilla strips and salsa you'll find all over town. Don't miss the Oklahoma Hackleback caviar with potato chips paired with the Hall Pass, a riff on an old fashioned made with tequila and housemade pecan syrup, a nod to the huge pecan trees surrounding the hotel. Pint-size foodies eat well here too, with fan favorites like the English muffin pizza on housemade muffins. The hotel keeps delicious company: It's located in the same 'hood as some of Austin's best restaurants, including Odd Duck, Uchi and Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

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