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.
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.
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.
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.
Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, Milwaukee
Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward is known as the city's arts and culture district; fittingly, The Journeyman is named for those artisans who travel the world to hone their craft — and that extends to the food and beverage offering, too. Crack open a canned Cutwater Spirits gin and tonic from the minibar before heading to dinner at the hotel's restaurant, Tre Rivali. Top Chef alum Heather Terhune melds her world travels with her classical French training and eye for local produce to create a Mediterranean-leaning menu that favors wood-fired grilled meats and fish as well as fresh pastas (peek through the window to watch the pasta-making action). Terhune considers baking her first love, so don't sleep on the desserts or edible souvenirs such as her peppermint brownie mix. Head to the rooftop bar, The Outsider, for a nightcap and a round of Jenga or shuffleboard. In a nod to Milwaukee's nickname of Brew City, there's an extensive list of local brews on offer (a couple of which are featured during the daily wine hour in the living room), and the staff is eager to recommend and arrange local brewery tours at staff favorites such as Lakefront Brewery and Milwaukee Brewing Company.
The Freehand describes itself as having more of a summer-camp vibe than your average hostel, and the artsy interiors, vintage furniture and lush greenery all contribute to a laid-back spot that's heavy on the cool quotient. That's also thanks, in no small part, to its innovative cocktail bar, Broken Shaker, whose patio and cocktails anchor the space. Broken Shaker started as a pop-up bar in the courtyard, offering a chill respite from the glitz and glam of Miami's nightlife, and has since landed on the World's Best Bars list and been nominated for two James Beard Awards. Original cocktails are inspired by Miami's diverse cultural influences and incorporate syrups and infusions crafted with produce and herbs from Freehand's garden (look for the daily punch and cocktail special on the chalkboard menu). The food is on point here too; there's a complimentary breakfast in the guest kitchen daily with an assortment of Cuban pastries, fruit, fresh juice and locally roasted Panther Coffee, and brunch at 27 Restaurant is one of the best reasons to wake up at the Freehand. Look for Chef Jimmy Lebron's signature dishes, such as tomatillo shakshuka and salmon malawach, a layered, pan-fried bread. The aesthetic plus top-notch cocktails and food has proven a winning formula, and there are now Freehand locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
The Dunhill Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina
In Charlotte's modern Uptown neighborhood, the historic Dunhill Hotel manages to blend Old World charm with modern amenities. That contemporary sensibility extends to the hotel's restaurant, The Asbury (named for named for the hotel's architect, Louis Asbury Sr.), which even has its own hashtag, #bodybybiscuit. The Southern staple, baked by pastry chef Miranda Brown, shows up in the can't-miss sticky biscuits (pictured), a sweet-savory bite starring biscuit dough rolled with 14-month Benton's Country Ham and brown sugar and drizzled with goat cheese icing; cast-iron baked biscuits with bacon jam; and brunch-ready ones served with sawmill gravy. The latter is a particularly fine option if you're planning to go all in on brunch with pitchers of mimosas, or if you've had one too many cocktails in the bar the night before. That's easy to do — the bar's ambiance is cozy, and the drinks, overseen by bartender Brett Leek (who worked at the lauded Punch Room under Bob Peters), are as clever as they are balanced. Outside of the biscuits, Executive Chef Mike Long shows his range with reinterpreted Southern fare like pork cheeks with an apple and mustard demi-glace, and seasonal vegetable dishes like a grain salad with whipped local ricotta, roasted beets, pistachios, house-pickled carrots and a preserved-lemon vinaigrette. Save room for one of Brown's seasonal desserts, such as white chocolate and fennel panna cotta with apple and fennel relish. You can pick up edible souvenirs, find local beers on tap or do a wine tasting at 7th Street Public Market, a few blocks away.
Thompson Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is known for its history in music, but Music City, U.S.A. is drawing foodies from around the country, too. Thompson Nashville, located in the city's Gulch neighborhood, is on the same block as legendary music venue The Station Inn and within a mile of the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but you don't have to leave the hotel for chart-topping eats and drinks. Start your day at Killebrew with a cup of coffee and some housemade baked goods, or, if you prefer to linger, try daily brunch at Marsh House for pastry chef Lisa White's pastries and cast-iron cinnamon rolls (on weekends, spring for the $25 bottomless champagne service). By night, the restaurant features Chef Nathan Duensing's deft touch with seafood filtered through a Southern lens, as with a dish of grouper served in ham broth with butter beans. Hit up L.A. Jackson, the hotel's rooftop bar and lounge, for yoga by day and cocktails with a view by night. Nearby dining destinations to add to your foodie set list include Biscuit Love, Milk & Honey and an outpost of New York pizza joint Emmy Squared.
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky
21c Museum Hotels are known for blending the boutique hotel experience with contemporary art collections and exhibitions, but their food offerings are just as well-curated. It's a hallmark that started at the flagship downtown Louisville property, which was converted from five 19th-century tobacco and bourbon warehouses. Fittingly, Proof on Main honors both its building's roots and Kentucky's Bourbon Country. The bar, an essential stop on Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail, features more than 120 Kentucky bourbons, including exclusive bottles from Woodford Reserve and Van Winkle. On the food front, Executive Chef Mike Wajda's menu is inspired by regional foodways and local ingredients. Don't miss the whipped ricotta and toast or the smoked Kentucky catfish dip, served with house hot sauce and sea salt crackers — either makes a fine match for a bourbon flight. Be sure to stop at The Shop at 21c, where you'll find foodie souvenirs such as Crude Bitters, the Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book and 21c Selects, an assortment of private, single-barrel spirits from distillers such as Willett, Four Roses, WhistlePig and Old Forester (which you can also have delivered to your room as a flight).
Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Honolulu
Located in the heart of Waikiki, Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is like an Instagram shoot come to life, from the local art installations and handmade wallpaper to the excellent coffees (served in pineapple-motif paper cups) at coffee bar Olive & Oliver, to Chef Ed Kenney's gorgeous dishes at Mahina & Sun's. The motto of "local first; organic whenever possible. With aloha always." is evident across the menu, particularly in the signature Family Feast, a spread that includes "mochiko fried" whole deep-sea snapper, Kualoa Ranch oysters, roasted native Hawaiian roots ogo and inamona, pohole salad with crispy baby shrimp, and buttered 'ulu with chile pepper water aioli. The seasonally inflected cocktail menu includes drinks crafted with local fruit juices — think, guava, pineapple, lilikoi — and housemade tinctures and shrubs, such as the Hawaiian Snow Globe, a cognac-rum-coconut-milk tipple finished with a housemade cocoa-and-coffee tincture and served in a coupe rimmed with toasted coconut. Fuel up for a day at the beach with the surfboard brunch, where pastries, juices and fruit are served poolside atop a floating surfboard. Further afield, you can take in Oahu's natural splendor with the Aloha Aina tour, which translates to "love of the land," for an immersive organic farm tour at MA'O or Kahumana Organic Farms on the remote west side of the island, complete with a home-cooked lunch and palm frond weaving.
The Saguaro Scottsdale, Arizona
After you've pounded the pavement doing some art gallery hopping in Scottsdale's Old Town, a pitcher of poolside margaritas awaits you at The Saguaro. The boutique hotel's vivid color palette of green, yellow, orange and pink reflects the indigenous flowers of the region, and the colorful food offering at its restaurant La Señora follows suit. The Southwestern- and Mexican-inspired menu puts a premium on fresh, local ingredients and vibrant flavors with a roster of antojitos (get the queso fundido), tortas and tacos, and many of the dishes can be ordered poolside (hi, nachos). Don't miss Taco Tuesdays; pair your marg with $4 tacos, such as the fan-favorite Baja fish, starring beer-battered mahi and chipotle remoulade, or the vegetarian-friendly roasted carrot tacos with housemade Requesón (a ricotta-like cheese), all served on homemade tortillas. At brunch, the cinnamon-sugar-dusted churros are a fine match for the mimosa flight, including one crafted with prickly pear puree and sparkling rosé. The lobby coffee shop and juice bar, The Vault, offers freshly pressed juices, hot and cold coffee drinks and smoothies — fuel your day with The Vault Power Shake, where espresso is blended with milk, bananas, peanut butter and protein powder.
Four Seasons Seattle
If there's any city where a hotel coffee concierge makes sense, it's Seattle, which is known for its deep coffee-culture roots and extensive coffee-shop scene. At the Four Seasons Seattle, you'll start your day with a cup of locally roasted Fonté Coffee, delivered to your room by its coffee concierge. The rest of the hotel's food and beverage program is locally inspired too. The Goldfinch Tavern, named after the state bird of Washington, serves a seasonal menu of Pacific Northwestern cuisine — think local oysters, beet and Dungeness crab salad, king salmon tartare, and wagyu eye of rib eye with watercress and porcini mushrooms. The restaurant is also a five-minute walk from foodie paradise Pike Place Market; book the hotel's Market-to-Table tour to have the Goldfinch Tavern's chef walk you through the market and visit his favorite purveyors, then meet up with the restaurant's chef-founder, Ethan Stowell, on a trip to The Commissary for a behind-the-scenes look at local ingredients before making pasta. The day culminates in a one-of-a-kind Trust the Chef dinner starring several of the ingredients you picked out earlier in the day.
Madeline Hotel, Telluride, Colorado
Nestled in the heart of Mountain Village atop the historic town of Telluride and surrounded on three sides by the majestic San Juan Mountains, the Madeline Hotel boasts vistas that are nothing short of breathtaking. With its proximity to Telluride Ski Resort, it's no surprise that the Madeline is a destination for skiers from around the world, but there's just as much in the way of foodie adventure, especially when it comes to the all-important apres-ski. Snag a seat by one of the outdoor fire pits at Black Iron Kitchen and Bar, the Madeline's flagship restaurant, to nosh on stepped-up pub grub like the Laid Back cheeseburger, a local ranch beef patty topped with Taleggio, pickled green tomato and fried onions. Head to the Sky Terrace overlooking the Rockies for "golden hour," a nod to the pre-sunset lighting and the town's gold-mining history. Sip gold-accented and golden-hued cocktails by the heated pool while pint-size foodies sip hot chocolate and eat s'mores made with gold-dusted marshmallows (#nofilter). If you've hit the slopes (or apres-ski) a little too hard or you're getting ready to travel, opt for the Flight Before Your Flight turndown service, where a lineup of wellness shots and tonics is delivered to your room on a custom-made shot ski crafted by Wagner Skis.
The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia
Any hotel that has 24-hour room service is a winner in our book. But The Rittenhouse, in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square, earns bonus points for unusual dishes like a dry-aged duck for two with dates, sunchokes and Madeira, and it'll be unveiling a special room-service menu for pets, too. Another in-room dining perk is the well-stocked minibars with local snacks such as housemade Philly pretzels. The lavish Sunday brunch at Lacroix, the hotel's signature restaurant, is the stuff of local legend. Executive Chef Jon Cichon sets up a spread that spans the entire restaurant with more than 50 dishes, from canapes like foie gras s'mores to a full raw bar with caviar. Walk it off with a stroll around Rittenhouse Square and a visit to the nearby Philadelphia Art Museum, then head back to the hotel for one of the city's best afternoon teas, in the Mary Cassatt Tea Room, named after Pennsylvania native and lauded Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. The tea sandwiches, scones and seasonal sweets, such as green tea verrine — green tea-infused matcha sponge cake layered with white chocolate mousse and lychee gelee to look like an edible terrarium — are practically works of art themselves. Take home a tin of the hotel's namesake tea blend, featuring Ceylon bergamot, rose petals, cardamom and borage.
The Lodge at Sea Island, St. Simons, Georgia
Just off the southeastern coast of Georgia, halfway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, lies Sea Island, a 5-star resort that's lauded for its world-class golf courses, beautiful beaches and refined Southern hospitality. Among the three lodging options, there are nine different restaurants, so it's safe to say that you'll eat very well here, too. At The Lodge's classic American steakhouse, Colt & Alison, pair the signature 32-ounce porterhouse for two with stunning views of the Plantation course's 18th hole. The Oak Room has more of a tavern-meets-apres-golf vibe, but its terrace offers equally impressive views of the golf course and oceanfront. Sip a cocktail during the daily sunset bagpipers' serenade, or feast on Southern favorites such as shrimp and grits or chicken and dumplings. If you're staying here with kids, book the weekly Cookie Cutters class, dedicated to the art of creating and decorating sugar cookies and other sweet treats. If you prefer to leave the sweets to the pros, stop by the Sea Island Beach Club for ice cream, milkshakes and the can't-miss Gold Brick sundae, or the Sea Island Bake Shop for homemade croissants and confections. The bake shop is in The Market, where you'll find locals and guests alike stocking up on wine, cheese and Georgia-made products such as pepper jelly, pimento cheese, and barbecue sauces and rubs. And no matter what time cravings strike, you can order from the 24-hour room service menu, which includes many of the restaurants' signature dishes — including that sundae.
The Jupiter Next, Portland, Oregon
If hotels are judged by the company they keep, The Jupiter is a top-notch reflection of Portland. Located in the Central Eastside district, it's next door to Michelin-starred restaurant Le Pigeon and its sister restaurant, Canard; metalhead pizza spot Sizzle Pie; wine bar Noble Rot; and quirky late-night dessert and coffee spot Rimsky-Korsakoffee House. It's also got two hotspots of its own. Doug Fir Lounge is a bar, restaurant, underground music venue in the original Jupiter Hotel building that's hosted the likes of The Shins, Cake and MGMT. Try its Nitro Old Fashioned paired with wild boar St. Louis ribs. Hey Love is the lobby bar in The Jupiter Next, where the endless-summer vibes given off by the lush greenery on the walls are echoed in the vibrant cocktails and tropical-inspired comfort food bites such as spicy fried soft-shell crab that reads like a riff on crab Rangoon, with sweet chili cream cheese and black-sesame shrimp crisps.
Bespoke Inn, Scottsdale, Arizona
Bespoke Inn lives up to its name with a distinctive charm that's equal parts bed-and-breakfast and boutique hotel. Located in the Arts District in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, it offers a respite from a day of gallery and art-museum hopping with dinner at its restaurant Virtù Honest Craft. Chef-Owner Gio Osso has earned a local reputation and national recognition for his unique Italian-meets-Southwest cooking. The menu changes as frequently as four times a week, but look for creative dishes such as licorice-root-rubbed orata with mushrooms and edible flowers, or mesquite gnocchi with local hen confit, currants and tobacco molasses. Also a winner? Anything made with Arizona peaches from Osso's own backyard. He's also been known to go all out for holiday celebrations, as with an all-chocolate menu for Valentine's Day, with dishes such as a rosemary-smoked steak crudo with white chocolate labneh and Gaeta cocoa oil. If you want to ball out and really unleash the chef's creativity for a one-of-a-kind meal, book the Penthouse suite and reserve a private dinner prepared by Osso. For further foodie fun, grab one of the hotel's bikes and explore nearby Old Town, with notable stops on opposite ends of the spectrum including classic dive bar The Rusty Spur and posh dinner spot The Mission.
The Durham Hotel, Durham, North Carolina
It's not a stretch to say that a stay at The Durham is right on the money — partly because it's in a 1960s building that formerly housed two banks, but particularly because its namesake restaurant and rooftop bar are helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing. The all-day lobby restaurant is a favorite among guests and locals alike, who use the space as an informal co-working space. The coffee shop features coffee from Durham roaster Counter Culture, as well as freshly pressed juices and homemade pastries (don't miss the warm smoked-pecan-and-chocolate-chip cookies). Breakfast winners include house-smoked bacon with cracklings and a can't-miss dry-aged burger at lunch. At night, the restaurant transforms into a candlelit restaurant with a menu that underscores Reusing's commitment to local farmers, with a section dedicated to vegetables and with dishes such as whole North Carolina fish stuffed with blue crab souffle. In-room treats are equally thoughtful, including a minibar stocked with local goodies like nut butter bars from Big Spoon Roasters and bars from Escazú Artisan Chocolates. The rooftop, open year-round, is a local hotspot too, boasting views of downtown Durham, plus craft cocktails, a stellar raw bar with local oysters, and clever bar snacks like the locally famous smoked Carrot Dog. The hotel's prime downtown location also means that you're steps away from other top-notch eats; some of Reusing's go-tos include M Sushi, Dashi (a ramen shop and izakaya bar) and Pizzeria Toro.
Terranea, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Situated on 102 acres of coastal bluffs with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea is a feast for the eyes. With eight different on-site restaurants, it's also a literal feast. Mar'sel (named for the Spanish word for "sea" and the French word for "salt") — like all restaurants on the property — is helmed by Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra, whose resume reads like that of a modern-day Renaissance man. In addition to overseeing the kitchen and dreaming up dishes such as grilled Spanish octopus with black ink naan, Ibarra also tends an on-site vegetable and herb garden, keeps bees and produces honey. He even makes his own salt: Ibarra created an on-site sea salt conservatory where he naturally evaporates and hand-rakes Pacific seawater into sea salt, which is used in the kitchen and in several of the resort's spa treatments. In a move that's both sustainable and very California, Ibarra also uses some of the runoff seawater to make tofu. For a hands-on epicurean experience, book one of the foodcentric workshops, such one in sea salt making and pairing.
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, Milton, New York
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in New York's Hudson Valley could easily lay claim to being one of the most scenic — and delicious — bed-and-breakfasts on the East Coast. It's located on 75 acres on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River, and each of the inn rooms offers views of the river or the lush grounds. It also has its own 40-acre farm, Millstone Farm, which supplies ingredients for the inn's restaurant, Henry's at the Farm, as well as honey and herbs for some of the spa's signature treatments. If you want to get hands-on, you can even request to collect eggs for your omelet, one of the cooked-to-order menu items that supplement the inn's wonderful breakfast spread of yogurt, fruit, cereal, and breads and pastries from nearby bakery Frida's, served daily in the main inn's sunlight-flooded Sun Room. It'll fuel you for a day of exploring the Hudson Valley — the Culinary Institute of America is 20 minutes away, and there are scores of farms that offer you-pick-it-programs and tours, as well as local wineries, breweries and distilleries. Return for dinner at Henry's, where chef and longtime Hudson Valley resident Peter Graziano draws from the bounty of the area. On the menu, a picture of a llama, the inn's mascot who can be seen roaming the property, denotes dishes prepared with ingredients grown on-site. Though the menu is hyperseasonal, popular mainstays include the smoked trout latkes, the duck breast salad and the chef's daily burger.
Grande Lakes Orlando, Florida
Orlando is usually associated with Disney World, but thanks to Grande Lakes Orlando, home to JW Marriott Orlando, The Ritz-Carlton and over a dozen dining experiences combined, it's also the happiest place on Earth for foodies. Don't miss a meal at The Ritz-Carlton's signature restaurant, Highball & Harvest, whose menu draws from Florida's rich agricultural bounty and the hotel's own 18,000-square-foot farm, Whisper Creek Farm. Start with the Southern Spread — pimento cheese, smoked crab and house pickles — then move on to coffee-cured venison and a seasonal salad, such as the autumnal charred squash with apples. For a more informal bite, head to The Kitchen at the farm for seasonally inspired comfort food and a flight of house-brewed craft beers. The resort also hosts farm-inspired foodie excursions at Whisper Creek Farm, such as the Farm to Family, featuring a farm tour, farming lesson and farm-inspired picnic lunch, or the Farm to Foam, which gives guests a behind-the-scenes tour of the on-site brewery and a sampling of beer and bites. Unleash your inner chef at the JW Griffin Cooking School at the JW Marriott Orlando, where classes range from pasta making to whole-hog cookery.
Hotel Alma, Minneapolis
With just seven rooms, a ground-floor cafe and a James Beard Award-winning restaurant next door, Minneapolis' Hotel Alma, founded by Chef Alex Roberts, is the epitome of a boutique foodie hotel. Your day starts in the cafe with a complimentary breakfast featuring stellar baked goods such as almond croissants or lemon-currant scones from Executive Pastry Chef Carrie Riggs. The all-day cafe also offers brunch daily (how civilized!) and is a fine spot to refuel after a day of exploring the Twin Cities. The eclectic menu features sandwiches, pastas and entrees, as well as platters and snacks for sharing, such as ricotta paired with olive oil, local honey, herbs and grilled baguette. Plus, there's a daily happy hour featuring specials on wine, local beers and seasonal cocktails, which we imagine pair nicely with the cayenne-hot-sauce-laced "drinking chips." The dinner-only restaurant, helmed by Executive Chef Lucas Rosenbrook, serves a three-course prix fixe menu — think roasted celery root with cider cream and poached oyster, or chestnut bread pudding with Maine lobster. (Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian or dairy-free menus are available upon request.) If you happen to be staying during the hotel's bi-annual "makers market," you can meet and shop from the artisans responsible for the hotel and dining rooms' ceramics, flowers, bath and body products, including the seasonally inspired organic products crafted by co-owner Margo Roberts.
Quirk Hotel, Richmond, Virginia
Located in downtown Richmond's arts and design district, the Quirk Hotel has an ambiance that reflects its artsy surrounds, with its own art gallery and boutique, signature shade of pink and fancy lobby coffee shop complete with a custom blend from local roaster Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Company. The Quirk's signature restaurant, Maple & Pine, and Chef David Dunlap have earned local praise for the eclectic, modern American menu. The brunch and lunch menus tend to skew Southern, but Dunlap puts his own twist on dishes, such as pairing chicken and waffles with bacon-hickory caramel and sassafras whipped cream. Dinner menus take inspiration from local producers and farms, and the dishes are imbued with globally inspired accents, such as lightly cured Arctic char with smoked potato and daikon radish. Q Rooftop, the hotel's rooftop bar, is a warm-weather hotspot and operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so priority access is another perk of staying here.
The NoMad New York, New York City
The NoMad is as synonymous with "restaurant" as it is "hotel" — maybe even more so. Overseen by Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, the food-and-beverage program here echoes the one at their nearby critically acclaimed, Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. The menu at The NoMad is more approachable, though still very fancy, with signature dishes such as the whole roasted chicken for two, with foie gras and black truffles stuffed under exceptionally crispy skin. The clever cocktail program is overseen by award-winning bar director Leo Robitschek; order the Improved Whiskey Cocktail, which mingles both Irish whiskey and Islay Scotch with maraschino liqueur and absinthe, perfect for sipping at the posh-moody Elephant Bar or retiring with to The Library, which is available exclusively to hotel guests after 4 p.m. At the NoMad Bar next door, the vibe is old-school NYC tavern, but the bites and sips are completely contemporary. Bring a crew and order one of the large-format punches to enjoy with luxe bar food such as the Humm Dog, a bacon-wrapped hot dog with black truffles. You can get your fill of culture in this part of town too — the hotel is located within walking distance of Madison Square Park, the Empire State Building and The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Vanderbilt, Newport, Rhode Island
The Vanderbilt is a historic luxury hotel near Newport's waterfront — the mansion was built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (yes, from that Vanderbilt family) and has been fully restored to its Gilded Age glamour — and is one of the few private homes in Rhode Island that operate as fully functioning hotels. It also gained notoriety for the scandal that erupted when it was learned that Vanderbilt had built the home for his mistress. This anecdote inspired one of the hotel's signature cocktails, aptly named the Mistress, which mingles pear vodka and pear puree with rose water and prosecco. The food-and-beverage program is also making its own history. Cocktails are overseen by award-winning mixologist Christina Mercado — she also happens to be a trained pastry chef, so don't hesitate if you see any of her sweet treats available at the bar. For cocktails and light bites with a view, head to the Roof Deck overlooking Newport Harbor; it's a popular draw for locals and visitors alike in the summer months, so it's wise to book in advance. At the Vanderbilt Grill you can have afternoon tea in the glass atrium of the Conservatory, bring Fido for Yappy Hour and canine-approved treats on the Garden Terrace, or have dinner in the main dining room, where you'll find a Newport-meets-Mediterranean-style dishes, like soy-and-mirin-braised octopus paired with watercress puree, avocado and Meyer lemon gel.
The Edwin, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Located in Chattanooga's Bluff View Art District, The Edwin is a stylish boutique hotel befitting its environs. The mix of clean, contemporary design, mid-century lighting and vintage touches that accentuate each room is reflected in the hotel's signature restaurant, Whitebird, and rooftop bar, Whiskey Thief. Executive Chef Kevin Korman pays homage to the region with a modern take on Appalachian and southern American cuisine at Whitebird. For a breakfast of champions, opt for the fried chicken and waffle sliders with smoky sorghum butter, deviled egg tartine or sweet potato doughnuts. At dinner, don't miss the signature dish, the Whitebird, a family-style dinner for two featuring a whole Poulet Rouge chicken, wild mushroom fricassee and two sides, such as bourbon-soy-spiked collard greens or mac and cheese. If the timing is right, don't miss Chef Korman's Chef's Table dinner series, where he plates each of the 10 courses in front of the guests. Grab a nightcap with a view of the Tennessee River at Whiskey Thief, the hotel's rooftop bar, which boasts over 120 bottles of whiskey alongside craft cocktails and local suds. Before you head out for a day of exploring, stop by the hotel's general store, Provisions, for a cup of Goodman's Coffee or kombucha from Muse and Metta, paired with baked goods from Niedlov's Breadworks. Confections from The Hot Chocolatier and hot sauce from Hoff Sauce make fine foodie souvenirs.
Chicago Athletic Association, Chicago
The Chicago Athletic Association is home to some of the Windy City's top-notch establishments, such as Cherry Circle Room and Cindy's, but it's nationally known as the only hotel that offers Shake Shack room service, thanks to a ground-floor location of the lauded national burger joint. Dinner at Cherry Circle Room is like dining in a 1960s supper club, with rich wood tones, warm lighting and modern interpretations of dishes inspired by the hotel's original opening menus — think beef tartare with quail egg, salsa verde and Gouda. Within the restaurant is Milk Room, an eight-seat microbar that was once a speakeasy frequented by association members and boasts an extensive selection of whiskies. For a more laid-back vibe and stellar city views, head to Cindy's, the hotel's glass-enclosed rooftop bar that overlooks Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, on the 13th floor. Come summer, the open-air terrace and outdoor bar become one of the city's warm-weather hotspots. Look for seasonal pop-up bars in The Tank (formerly home to the building's swimming pool), such as an over-the-top celebration of Christmas known as Happy's and a summer-ready bar timed for Lollapalooza.
Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada
If the thought of Las Vegas food conjures up pallid hotel buffets, you haven't had the brunch buffet at the Wynn Las Vegas. It takes a team of 100 chefs to turn out 120 dishes, 15 cooking stations, super-fresh seafood (the restaurant goes through nearly 100 tons of Alaskan snow crab legs annually), a giant chocolate fountain and a stunning array of cakes and confections. The something-for-everyone-vibe extends to the on-site restaurants, including Costa di Mare, and SW Steakhouse, where the only thing that can compete with Chef David Walzog's Chili-Rubbed Double Rib Eye (featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate) is the hotel's nightly Lake of Dreams show. Walzog also helms Lakeside, which boasts stellar views of Lake of Dreams — head here for Sunday jazz brunch, where Dixieland-style jazz and blues are paired with a literal boatload of seafood delicacies. The Wynn has also become a foodie destination for its Master Class series of workshops led by master chefs, sommeliers, bakers and artisans, such as Caviar Dreams, which includes a tasting and deep dive into the world of caviar with lauded caviar house Kolikof.
The Dewberry, Charleston, South Carolina
Housed in a restored 1960s building in downtown Charleston, The Dewberry echoes the Queen City's historic charm and mid-century architectural style. But it has also taken cues from the city's reputation as a modern foodie destination that's all about the details. The Living Room bar is modeled on a Charlestonian living room, with a showstopping brass bar, a curated library and a menu of morning coffee, afternoon cocktails and evening aperitifs. The go-to cocktail here is the Dewberry Old-Fashioned, a classic drink that's all dressed up — the ice cube is hand-chipped to fit inside the glass, then pressed with a custom brass stamp to embellish it with the hotel's logo and garnished with a skewered cherry that doubles as a stirrer, allowing guests to dilute and chill to their preference. For a cocktail with a view, head to the eighth-floor rooftop terrace. Here, hotel guests have exclusive access to the Citrus Club, which serves citrus-inspired tipples and light bites in whimsical surrounds. If you're looking for more sustenance, grab a table in the mahogany-paneled dining room of Henrietta's, which melds a French brasserie spirit with low-country cuisine and Southern hospitality. Walk off your dinner with a stroll down King Street or through nearby Marion Square, where you'll find the farmers market every Saturday (April to November) and brick walkways lined with local food artisans and food trucks.
Zero George Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina
At Zero George (named for the downtown Charleston boutique hotel's actual street address), start your day with a complimentary European-style continental breakfast, then grab one of the hotel's custom Pure City Cycles bikes and head to nearby downtown for lunch and shopping. The staff cites Goat.Sheep.Cow, a specialty cheese and charcuterie shop on historic Church Street, as a can't-miss stop. Bike back in time for the daily afternoon wine-and-cheese happy hour on the gorgeous outdoor veranda before dinner at Zero Restaurant and Bar. Chef Vinson Petrillo and his team turn out a hyperseasonal and beautifully plated tasting menu from the tiny 110-square-foot kitchen, which also doubles as the hotel lobby. (Given his ability to create new dishes daily and on the fly, it's no surprise that Petrillo is a two-time winner of Food Network's Chopped and its Chopped Champions.) For a more casual but equally luxe bite, sidle up to the bar for a craft cocktail and pair it with the Royale with Cheese, a wagyu beef burger topped with shaved truffles, American cheese and caramelized onions. You can take home some of Petrillo's technique and finesse; he, along with his team and guest-star chefs, hosts interactive weekly cooking classes in the 1804 kitchen carriage house that culminate in a multicourse meal with wine pairings.
Washington School House Hotel, Park City, Utah
With its fresh powder and world-class slopes, Park City is a ski lovers' paradise, but the experience wouldn't be complete without apres-ski. At the historic Washington School House Hotel, take advantage of daily complimentary apres-ski service in the Living Room with charcuterie, cheese, and housemade desserts and pastries. Take things sweet by ordering the DIY s'mores kit, which is particularly enjoyable next to the outdoor poolside fireplace, which happens to be made from the steel torch from the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Living Room is also where you'll fuel up for the day ahead with a hearty ski breakfast (don't miss the fluffy pancakes). Traveling with tots? Ask for the secret kids' menu, which features favorites like grilled cheese and corn dogs, and during the holidays, look for a sugar cookie decorating workshop led by pastry chef Callie Mundy. If you're heading out for a day of snowshoeing or hiking, ask the kitchen to pack a backpack gourmet picnic lunch (complete with trail map), then hit up local hotspots such as Yuki Yama Sushi, Riverhorse on Main, Handle and the iconic High West Distillery, all within walking distance from the hotel. All that fresh air means you'll probably be asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, but not before you discover the housemade mini dessert left on your pillow during turndown service.
The Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans
New Orleans' Pontchartrain Hotel has always attracted big names — Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Truman Capote all were guests — but these days it's a favorite haunt among visiting chefs and traveling foodies, and a cherished local favorite, too. Start your day at the Silver Whistle Café, a cheery spot for fresh-baked blueberry muffins and a cup of Revelator Coffee. You could also start your weekend day at Jack Rose, with the endless Veuve Cliquot Champagne brunch, which has earned a notoriety all its own — the Chambong, a beer bong for Champagne, may have had a hand in that. Jack Rose, a wink to Tennessee Williams' play The Rose Tattoo (Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire at the hotel), is also a lively evening spot for a glass of bubbly paired with small plates like steak tartare with warm brioche rolls. The Bayou Bar offers more of a tavern-style ambiance, so it's not hard to imagine that it was once a drinking den for Sinatra and Capote. Pair a whiskey from the extensive list with stepped-up, NOLA-inspired bar snacks such as muffuletta egg rolls or crawfish cornbread. End your night at Hot Tin, a rooftop-bar-meets-1940s-artist-loft, and toast the view of the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans. If you manage to leave the hotel, you'll find it's close to big-name restaurants like Commander's Palace and Turkey & The Wolf.
Blackberry Farm Resort, Walland, Tennessee
Tucked away in the Great Smoky Mountains, the town of Walland, Tennessee, may not ring any bells, until you realize it's the home of Blackberry Farm Resort. There's a reason this destination property is on most foodies' bucket lists: The food is the destination, starting with the famous pimento cheese and the Blackberry Farm beer that await you in your room. Blackberry Farm sits on 4,200 acres, and the bounty of its farm and the skills of its resident artisans — the chef, the master gardener, the baker, the cheesemaker, the forager, the butcher, the preservationist and so on — converge into unique dining experiences at each of its three restaurants. Breakfast and lunch at the Main House come with a view of the foothills of East Tennessee and with dishes such as buttermilk biscuits and gravy or hearty salads and sandwiches designed to sustain you for a day on the trails or stream. Once you've worked an appetite back up for dinner, head to The Dogwood in the Main House for passed small bites, shared plates and classic farmstead desserts. Or dine at The Barn at Blackberry Farm, the acclaimed restaurant helmed by James Beard Award-nominated chef Cassidee Dabney, for refined multicourse menus rooted in Appalachian ingredients and regional foodways as well as an award-winning wine and bar program with more than 9,000 different wines and over 300 whiskeys and brandies, many of which are exclusive to Blackberry Farm. Bring some of the farm's magic into your own kitchen by taking one of the daily cooking classes or by taking home an edible souvenir such as charcuterie, jams or biscuit mix, all made and sold on the property.
Los Poblanos, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Amidst Albuquerque's rugged desert terrain, Los Poblanos, with its lavender fields, huge cottonwood trees and lush gardens, beckons like an oasis. But it's not all just for show. The lavender, as well as the property's organic farm's herbs, stone fruits and vegetables, such as corn, squash and beans, find their way onto the menu at Campo, where Executive Chef Jonathan Perno has cultivated a style of cooking called Rio Grande Valley Cuisine. Try the chicken stuffed with lavender and roasted garlic, or for a taste of the region, anything with red or green chiles, like the excellent chilaquiles at breakfast. After a farm tour or on-site cooking class, peruse the Farm Shop for beautiful housewares and edible souvenirs like Los Poblanos' lavender honey or hot sauce, or pick up a baguette sandwich or an ice cream from local maker Van Rixel Bros. for an afternoon pick-me-up. Stroll the nearby walking and biking path at Paseo del Bosque Trail, then hit up happy hour at Bar Campo weekdays for rotating punches and drink specials. On Mondays and Tuesdays, keep an eye out for creative bites such as fried chicken with green chile jam and blue corn grits.
Arrive, Palm Springs, California
Arrive has earned notoriety among seasoned travelers for imbuing its hotels with equal parts luxury and fun, and its Palm Springs location is a prime example, with amenities such as ping-pong tables, fire pits and a huge outdoor pool. The welcome cocktails are a nice touch, so ditch your bags and head straight to the pool to snag a cabana. In need of a nosh? Order from Wexler's, a modern take on the classic Jewish deli that also happens to serve playful cocktails tailor-made for poolside sipping. Once you've soaked up some sun and slept off your pastrami on rye, head to the hotel's coffee shop, Cartel Coffee Lab, or its ice cream parlor and gift shop, aptly named Ice Cream & Shop, for an afternoon pick-me-up. Hit up happy hour at Draughtsman for a craft beer or cocktail and stepped-up shareable plates such as spicy tuna nachos or cauliflower "McNuggets." Downtown Palm Springs is just a few blocks away, and there you'll find a bevy of tiki bars like Bootlegger Tiki to keep the party going.