Mark Your Calendars: Must Attend 2016 Festivals

March 7, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Whether you're interested in food, music or cultural celebrations, we've gathered an exciting list of festivals in the US for you to peruse. Book your hotel in advance and start exploring!

Make Music — A Road Warriors' Insider's Tip!
You can always count on us to bring you the most new and exciting travel information, and so we've scoured everywhere to bring you the hottest 2016 music festivals in the US. Avoid the heat, drama and cancellations of Coachella or Bonaroo, and try the up-and-coming KaaBoo Music Festival in San Diego instead. From September 16-18th of 2016 (the earlier you start planning and getting tickets, the better!) you and a group of friends can enjoy the music of Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, and even throw it back with the Goo Goo Dolls. Since its inception last year, KaaBoo has been celebrated for bringing a cleaner, more pleasant experience that has something for dancers, comedians and artists alike — so you can enjoy great music in a venue that touches all aspects of creativity. There are a variety of different festival passes available, so, whatever your budget, KaaBoo has something that will work for you.

Find a New Art Piece
Do you love fine art, but lack the budget for a Sotheby's estate sale? Great art doesn't have to cost as much as a down payment on a house — and it should be accessible to everyone. That's where New York City's Affordable Art Fair comes in. Taking place from March 30th to April 3rd of 2016, the art fair features works in a variety of lower price ranges from over 1,000 artists. So whatever your style is, which room of the apartment you're looking to improve or how much money you have, you're guaranteed to find something that works for you.


No matter what your interest, whether you're a social butterfly or a brooding solo traveler, hitting up a festival is the ideal way to celebrate yourself and your passions.

The Ultimate Guide to New England's Best Clam Chowders

December 18, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Planning your dream vacation to Boston? After you've booked your hotel room, it’s time to start penciling in what you’ll do during your trip. Among many other famous hot spots, Boston is well-known for Fenway Park, the Freedom Trail and the bar from the hit television show Cheers — but beyond these famous landmarks, it's also known for its famous, irresistible clam chowder! Read on for our top picks of where you’re sure to find some satisfying bowls of Boston’s best clam chowder.

Legal Sea Foods

If you're on the hunt for a bowl of the best clam chowder in New England, look no further than Legal Sea Foods, the birthplace of one of America's most popular chowder recipes. We recommend getting a taste of history by visiting the flagship location in Boston's Seaport. The restaurant is celebrated for its fresh ingredients, a tradition carried on from the very beginning — the father-son team ran both a fish market and, right next door, the first Legal Seafoods — so customers always get the absolute best catch of the day. It's so popular that Legal Sea Foods has opened up several restaurants across the United States — and their business is only growing.

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Looking for the best clam chowder in Bostom? Residents adore Island Creek Oyster Bar, located on Commonwealth Avenue. Owned by Skip Bennett and Jeremy Sewall, part of the goal of the restaurant is to give customers the feeling that they’re sampling from tried and true family recipes — so expect to see some dishes named after the owners’ close friends and family. Though the menu switches almost every day, depending on what was freshest at the seafood markets, you can always find clam chowder. Bonus? It’s served with a side of a buttermilk biscuit and adorned with slabs of the most irresistible bacon. Monday through Friday, the restaurant is open only for dinner, between four and eleven in the evening, but on the weekends, Island Creek’s doors are open all day.

Union Oyster House

A staple of the Boston restaurant scene since 1826, Union Oyster House has had over a hundred years to perfect their clam chowder recipe — and it shows. Whether you’re looking to host a banquet for friends, or are just interested in finding a historic place to dine with your family while on vacation in Boston, Union Oyster house has a table for every type of customer. A favorite of politicians, including J.F.K. and Daniel Webster, the restaurant may be famous for its oysters, but it’s celebrated for the clam chowder. Made with potatoes, pork and a few more secret ingredients, it’s a delight. Even better? For those who can’t yet make it to Boston, the recipe has popped up online, provided to star chef Bobby Flay by the chefs at the Union Oyster House themselves. Open nearly all day, every day!


Whether you're a foodie or just someone who appreciates a good meal, enjoying a steaming bowl of Boston’s best clam chowder should be a must-do on everyone's list! So book a flight, call your friends, and get ready to chow down!

Fall in Love with Delicious Pie around the South

November 18, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The fall season means scarecrows, Thanksgiving and best of all, pies in every flavor imaginable! Pie has long been the centerpiece of American bake-offs, holiday tables and even eating contests. To help you celebrate the season of falling leaves, we've gathered a list of places where you can find some of the best pies in America. With flavors synonymous with fall, like pecan, pumpkin and apple, it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that many of the country's greatest pies come from the South. The next time you're on vacation with your family, or even looking for a decadent break from a business trip, be sure to grab a bite of the best Southern pies out there!

Slice Pie Company in Raleigh-Durham, NC
If you're headed with the family to North Carolina's gorgeous Raleigh-Durham for your next trip, be sure to check out the Slice Pie Company. This is quite literally the home of one of the best apple pies in America. Slice’s apple pie was the winner of the State Fair Blue Ribbon! Made from scratch, (because no good Southern grandmother would dare to do otherwise) the pies are available in multiple sizes and are made to order — so you know you're getting the freshest pie possible. With Southern staples like Strawberry Rhubarb, Lemon Meringue and Key Lime, you’re sure to enjoy real hospitality from Slice Pie Company. Slice is also able to deliver to certain areas, so if after a long day sight seeing you barely have the energy to even get back to your hotel room, you can order a fresh, homemade, to-die-for pie for the sweet tooth in your traveling group. Quick tip: If it's specifically Pecan Pie you're craving, the locals swear by The Angus Barn.

The Pie Shop in Atlanta, GA
If your travels bring you to beautiful downtown Atlanta, Georgia, you're well on your way to enjoying some of the most popular pies in America. The Pie Shop, with over a hundred types of pie and specialty holiday flavors, will make you feel like you're back in grandma’s kitchen. There's nothing more Southern than The Pie Shop's flavors, which count Bourbon Pecan, Apple Butter Chess and Candy Corn Cream Pie among their copious flavor selections. For those who are craving something a little more savory, no trip to the Southern part of the country could ever be complete without at least sampling a single slice of Chicken Pot Pie and The Pie Shop’s doesn’t disappoint. Flaky crusts, unbeatable white meat chicken and several secret, made-with-love ingredients all work together to bring you a fantastic culinary experience.

No matter how perfect your vacation, a little extra indulgence, whether on the road or back in your hotel after a long day of sightseeing, makes it that much better. Enjoy a slice of homemade goodness and experience real down-home cooking in the South by stopping to enjoy — and taking home — some of the best pies in America.

Craft Beer in Milwaukee, WI

October 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

You can’t visit Milwaukee without partaking in its craft beer scene. The state, known as a hotspot for mega breweries has also fully embraced the craft beer movement. Milwaukee celebrates craft beer each October with the Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival. The event brings some of the best beer and breweries to the downtown Harley Davidson Museum from October 23rd through the 24th. From tastings to teaching events, the festival has become a hot spot destination and why many head to Milwaukee in the fall. If you’re considering making the trip to the Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival, or if you just happen to be visiting town in general, be sure to check out these Milwaukee breweries.

Sprecher Brewing Company

For those who stay in Milwaukee for a few nights, you have the chance to try several breweries. Sprecher Brewing Company should definitely be on your list with its old world brewing traditions and Milwaukee German heritage. The brewery offers tours to showcase how Sprecher is reviving brewing techniques and traditions. In addition to the tours, you can sip on Sprecher’s brews in a Munich style beer garden which has up to 20 beers and 10 sodas on tap. Sprecher Brewing Company has become known for its Black Bavarian, ranked as one of the best beers in America.

Milwaukee Brewing Company

If you want to sample true Milwaukee craft beer, you can begin your tasting education at Milwaukee Brewing Company. Located downtown, this brewery takes pride in using the best local ingredients to produce their brews. What started as the Milwaukee Ale House has turned into the Milwaukee Brewing Company, and over the course of the company’s history, they have produced over 300 unique seasonal flavors. Brewery tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays and include samples of year round staple flavors and current seasonal offerings. Their tour differs from others with the “Beer in Hand” motto — when you take this tour, you don’t have to wait for the end to order a tasty frosty brew, as samples are served throughout the entire tour.

Lakefront Brewery

As part of the long list of things to do in Milwaukee, you’ll often find a Lakefront Brewery tour as a must-do. Frequently hailed as one of the best brewery tours in the nation, Lakefront Brewery gives tour goers a beer upon arrival. The progressive, award-winning brewery was the first beer company to bottle fruit beer since prohibition. Lakefront Brewery also claims to have produced the first certified gluten free beer in the nation. Started in 1987, the microbrewery has become a Milwaukee River landmark.

October brings fall temperatures and perhaps an urge to sample craft beer. Milwaukee is the perfect spot to taste some of the best brews in the nation. If you can’t decide when to visit, the Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival might sway you to head into town toward the end of the month when many of Milwaukee’s and the country’s best breweries share their popular and sometimes rare beer creations. 

Best Bakeries in the US

October 14, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Each and every October 14th, those with a sweet tooth rejoice at the fact that it is at long last National Dessert Day. While you don’t need an official day to celebrate dessert, it’s the perfect excuse to seek out some of the best bakeries in the country and enjoy their decadent creations. Don’t tell your dentist but these bakeries will make your sweet tooth sing.

Bredenbeck’s Bakery in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill

For travelers staying in Philadelphia, you can make your way to one of the city’s oldest and most acclaimed bakeries, Bredenbeck’s Bakery. Located in the city’s historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood, Bredenbeck’s has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1889. All of the bakery’s pies, pastries, cakes and cookies are made in house, which also includes an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Be sure to get a few extra treats to take back to your hotel room - you can keep them fresh in your room’s kitchenette, ready to enjoy throughout your trip, if you can resist them that long.

Levain Bakery in New York City’s Upper West Side

Perched in New York City’s Upper West Side, Levain Bakery frequently makes its way on to lists of best bakeries in America. Founded in 1994 by two friends, Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, Levain Bakery has become known for its rustic breads and perhaps most importantly, its famous 6-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. Aside from this to-die-for cookie, you can also sample the many other baked in house cookies such as the dark chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and the dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookie.

Tartine Bakery in Northern California’s San Francisco

If you’re heading to San Francisco, you won’t want to skip a stop at one of the country’s best bakeries, Tartine Bakery. Meaning, “Buttered bread,” the bakery was started by award winning chefs, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, in 2002. Tartine Bakery has garnered a reputation for serving up delectable breads in a number of flavors and styles along with its wealth of pastries. Sink your teeth into éclairs, Devil’s food cake and lemon cream tarts and you’ll believe you are in heaven instead of San Francisco. In true California farm-to-table culinary style, the bakery uses organic flour and sugar and brings in fresh local eggs.

Sugar Bakeshop in Charming Charleston, South Carolina

Set in Charleston, South Carolina, Sugar Bakeshop has made a name for itself with its small batch cookies and treats. Started by two New York City architects-turned-bakers, Sugar Bakeshop was founded with the goal of opening up a small batch neighborhood bakeshop. And it does not disappoint. Sugar Bakeshop offers homemade goodies that might remind you of the special treats that were always waiting in grandma’s kitchen.

Floriole Café and Bakery in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood of Chicago

Chicago might be known for its deep-dish pizza, but those with a sweet tooth rejoice over Floriole Café and Bakery. The establishment started as a local farmers’ market tent and quickly received a more permanent location in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Visitors and locals flock to Floriole Café and Bakery for its rustic French pastries like authentic pain au chocolat and colorful macarons. In addition you can feast on the bakery’s melt-in-your-mouth croissants and the delicious peanut butter and jelly cookie.

It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Celebrating National Dessert Day can be a daunting task with all of the bakeries across the country to choose from on October 14th. However, these famous bakeries from San Francisco to Philadelphia are sure-fire bets at satisfying your sweet tooth on this ever-important holiday. 

3 Frozen Treats Around the US

August 7, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

With sweltering temperatures often rising into triple-digit territory in many places across the country, beating the summer heat isn’t always so simple. Especially if you’re on vacation, knowing where to go to dodge the sun can be a challenge. Luckily a number of cities across the U.S. are known for their frozen, sweet, cold wonders that somehow keep those summer temperatures at bay. Before you head out on your summer vacation, be sure to mark these frozen treat purveyors and best ice cream parlours on your map for pit stops along the way.

#1. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis can be downright miserable in the summer months, but there’s one redeeming aspect to summers in Middle America - frozen sweet treats. Known for its tasty frozen delights, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard boasts two locations in the St. Louis area. Ted Drewes has been selling frozen custard for over 80 years, and to much acclaim. The popular spot is especially loved for its Concrete, a creation from 1959. The malt or shake is so thick, it’s served upside down and has become known as a must-have part of any visit to Ted Drewes.

#2. Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Factory in Burlington, Vermont

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream needs no introduction. The fan favorite began with two guys, Ben and Jerry, in 1978, in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont. The pair became known as some of the best ice cream makers in the country, in part due to their colorful and humorous names like Cherry Garcia. Since those early days, Ben & Jerry’s has developed an empire. Today, you can make a pit stop at the Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Factory and have a guided tour where you’ll learn all about the manufacturing process and then make a stop at the full service scoop shop where you’re invited to try all of your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors.

#3. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz in New Orleans, Louisiana

Started by Ernest and Mary Hansen in 1939, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz is a New Orleans institution. Ernest invented the first ice-shaving machine while Mary created her own flavored syrups to drizzle over the ice. Today, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz still makes it own flavors from Mary’s secret recipes all while using the original machines. The fluffy ice and homemade syrups bring in crowds. Every summer, the masses flock to Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, which was named a 2014 American Classic by the James Beard Foundation. One of the best things about Hansen’s is that it’s still all in the family, now owned and operated by Ernest and Mary’s granddaughter. And while you’re in New Orleans sampling Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, you can always extend your trip and book a room at an Extended Stay America. Not only will you enjoy a tasty frozen bite, but Extended Stay America sweetens stays with a kids stay free policy.

So this summer when the temperatures swell close to and well above the nineties, finding the best ice cream shops is a priority. It’s a necessity, really, and if you’re on summer vacation, you can quiet a carload of kids with those two magic words, ice cream.  

Try the Best French Fries in America this Summer

July 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

They’re the perfect compliment to your burger or sandwich. They’re always the most popular “side” option - a key component of American dining. French fries are an American staple, and more often than not, a side of fries is a standard option. However, French fries sometimes get a bad rap for being just sides. Some French fry purveyors across the country agree that a fry is much more than just a secondary addition, leaning more toward a classic snack or meal. If you’re vacationing this summer, be sure to check out some of the best of the best French fries in the U.S.

#1. The Boise Fry Company in Boise, Idaho

In a state known for their potatoes, it’s no wonder that the Boise Fry Company has made a name for itself in Idaho as the best restaurant for French fries. The fry-oriented dining experience uses the finest and freshest potatoes. The potatoes are then fried in natural peanut oil. When you head to this French fry spot, you’ll be greeted with the motto that fries are not second-class citizens. The Boise Fry Company tops off its fries with a number of sauces and seasonings beyond traditional ketchup - like smoked sea salt and blueberry ketchup. There are over 100,000 variations of sauces and dressings at the Boise Fry Company. The outfit also has locations in Meridian, Idaho and Portland, Oregon.

#2. Al’s French Frys in Burlington, Vermont

Located in Burlington, Vermont, Al’s French Frys has been an institution in town since the late 1940s. It all started with Al and Genevieve Rusterholz. The duo opened up a French fry stand that quickly morphed into a burger joint. Part of makes Al’s fries so unique is that the menu has remained largely unchanged since its inception. You can order fries by the quart, pint or cup and even add on cheese, gravy or chili.

#3. Pommes Frites in New York, New York

While the original French fry restaurant Pommes Frites was recently destroyed as the result of an explosion in a neighboring building, Pommes Frites has announced it will reopen in Greenwich Village in the fall. The original Pommes Frites quickly made a name for itself in New York City for serving up classic Belgian style fries. The restaurant takes perfectly double cooked frites and then tops them with extraordinary sauces. For the adventurist fry foodie, some of those sauces are a bit more out there, like pomegranate teriyaki mayo, peanut satay, Bordeaux wine, fig and sage mayo. The new location will set up at 128 MacDougal Street just south of Washington Square Park. While you’re in New York, you might as well make a trip out of it with the family and save by staying at Extended Stay America, where kids stay free.

#4. Thrasher’s French Fries, Ocean City, Maryland

Nothing quite says summer like a trip to Ocean City, Maryland. And when you’re there, be sure to make time to hit up Thrasher’s French Fries. Southern man J.T. Thrasher started the institution in 1929. He founded the establishment not with the goal of being the best burger joint, but rather with the goal of procuring the best French fry in America. To this day, Thrasher’s continues to stick to their original recipe. Thrasher’s fries carry such acclaim all on their own, the iconic establishment doesn’t even offer ketchup!

Salty, fluffy and a little added crunch are what turn an ordinary potato into an extraordinary fry. So if you’re roaming the country this summer, from Burlington to Boise, be sure to check out these spots to find the best French fries in America. 

 

5 Best Restaurants in Atlanta

July 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

When you take that first glance of Atlanta, the city can overwhelm. With its endless skyline, many neighborhoods and wealth of attractions, the city keeps travelers busy whether on vacation or in town for business. But once you’re there, chances are you’re going to want to stay for all that Atlanta has on the table. Before you leave town, be sure you make your way to one of these acclaimed restaurants in Atlanta.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

If you only have time for one meal in Atlanta, you won’t be disappointed if that meal is at Mary Mac’s Tea Room. For over 70 years, Mary Mac’s has been setting the standard for Southern cooking in town. Mary Mac’s reputation is so respected that the Georgia House of Representatives declared the restaurant Atlanta’s official dining room. Opened in 1945, Mary Mac’s is one of the few surviving tea rooms in the city. The restaurant focuses on serving made-from-scratch southern fare with southern hospitality sprinkled into the mix. After a meal at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, you’ll want to find an Extended Stay America in Atlanta for the night to recover and perhaps come back the next day. It’s just that delicious.

Heirloom BBQ

When you find yourself in the southern United States, a little barbecue is practically mandatory. Atlanta is no different. Despite being a large cosmopolitan city, Atlanta holds barbecue very near and dear to its heart, with some of the best Atlanta restaurants being barbecue establishments. One of the best spots for ‘cue is Heirloom BBQ. The chef-driven restaurant pays homage to iconic BBQ. Heirloom takes pride in providing simple, classic and fresh barbecue. Owned by chefs Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor, Heirloom BBQ serves the traditional staples like pulled pork, ribs and brisket, but Jiyeon’s South Korean heritage gives the restaurant a “Seoul” food touch combined with classic Southern cuisine. The interesting background is reflected throughout the menu with dishes like spicy Korean pork. The small eatery sets up right in Atlanta.

Bacchanalia

If you’re looking for fine dining in Atlanta, any local will tell you to head to Bacchanalia. The make-your-reservation-three-months-in-advance kind of place boasts a well-established reputation as one of the top Atlanta restaurants. Since 1993, Bacchanalia has been dishing up American cuisine from chefs and owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. Through light and creative plates, Bacchanalia provides a seasonal menu with a strong emphasis on organic ingredients. Many of those ingredients come straight from Anne and Clifford’s farm. You can select the five course prix-fixe menu composed of three savory courses, a cheese course and lastly a dessert course.

The Optimist

One of the main downtown Atlanta restaurants, The Optimist is for all the seafood lovers who are in town. Offering fine seafood, the restaurant brings the seaside fish camp experience to landlocked Atlantans. Serving up fresh oysters from the Alabama coast, Maine sea scallops and whole roasted Georgia trout, The Optimist takes its direction from executive chef Adam Evans. Set on Howell Mill Road, The Optimist has become known across town for its high quality and sustainable seafood.

Taqueria del Sol

When you have had enough Southern comfort food or barbecue, head to Taqueria del Sol. The stand-in-line-and-order kind of place serves from scratch Southern, Mexican and Southwestern dishes. Opened in 2000, the menu is mostly driven by Mexican cuisine with plenty of tacos and sides with a cross-cultural flair. You can find Taqueria del Sol in two locations in Atlanta.

 

Many travelers come to Atlanta and leave a few pounds heavier. Something that really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given all the southern comfort food and the fact that it’s one of the best fine dining experiences in the country. 

Top 10 Breweries to Visit in the US

March 30, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The distinct green smell of hops can guide any traveler’s nose in search of the finest brews. Traveling to visit breweries is similar to that of wine-themed vacations. These days, beer aficionadas roam the country in search of the best of the best, the ales and lagers that are worth the trip alone. For your beer-themed travels, don’t miss these breweries across the U.S.

The Boston Beer Company - Boston, Massachusetts

If you are planning on staying in Boston at an Extended Stay America, you will want to find time to tour the Samuel Adams Brewery, part of the Boston Beer Company. America’s leading brewer of handcrafted beers began with brewer Jim Koch. Now the brewery boasts 30 award-winning styles of beers and the title of the U.S.’s largest selling craft beer. All ages are invited to tour the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston. To sample the legendary brews, you will require an I.D.

Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn, New York

Started in 1988, the Brooklyn Brewery is one of the top craft beer producers in the world. With a Williamsburg, Brooklyn location, the brewery opens up to the public for small batch tours, tastings and even happy hours.

Bell’s Brewery - Kalamazoo, Michigan

This Michigan Brewery in Kalamazoo has made a name for producing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers. In fact, Bell’s Brewery is one of the oldest craft brewers east of Colorado. The original brewery in Kalamazoo can be toured along with the nearby Comstock Brewery.

New Belgium Brewing - Fort Collins, Colorado

Easily one of the top breweries in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing has made its home in Fort Collins since its beginning in 1991. Born out of a basement, the operations have now grown significantly, so much so that New Belgium is expanding to Asheville, North Carolina. The beer that started it all is New Belgium’s Fat Tire. You can tour and taste the Fort Collins facilities, but book in advance. Tours are frequently sold out.

Stone Brewing Company - Escondido, California

Located in Escondido, California, Stone Brewing Company is one of Southern California’s most recognized breweries. Tours are held every day in the 55,000 square foot brewing facility. Appropriately, a guided tasting follows the tour. Founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing Company has also announced that it has plans to open a brewery in Berlin, which would make the company the first American craft brewery to open an establishment in Europe.

SweetWater Brewing Company - Atlanta, Georgia

With its wide range of beers, popular all across America’s southeast, SweetWater Brewing Company should be on your cross-country brewery tour. What began in the early 1990s with two college roommates has become Atlanta’s and the South’s go-to brewery. Tours are offered for $10. In return, you take home a souvenir pint glass and six tasting tickets to sample the brewery’s staples.

Boulevard Brewing Company - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City’s biggest brewer is easily Boulevard Brewing Company. This middle of America brewery has been producing fine ales and lagers since 1989. Founder John McDonald began the brewery quite modestly by selling beer out of his truck. Today, tours of the brewing operations in downtown Kansas City are offered to the public. Boulevard remains the largest specialty brewery in the Midwest and is considered one of the best breweries in the area.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company - Chico, California & Mills River, North Carolina

The craft beer pioneer Sierra Nevada Brewing Company makes its original home in Chico, California with a second location in Mills River, North Carolina. Known for its famous Pale Ale, the brewery was formed by home-brewer Ken Grossman. Several brewery tours are offered with different themes and durations, making for an ideal stop for any beer fan whether you’re in Northern California or beautiful North Carolina.

Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner, Texas

Home to Shiner beer, Spoetzl Brewery is positioned in the small town of Shiner, Texas. In between Houston and San Antonio, the brewery is one of the oldest in the country with foundations in the early 1900s by a group of Czech and German immigrants. Tours go through the brew house where tastings are offered at the conclusion.

Deschutes Brewery - Bend, Oregon & Portland, Oregon

Located in Bend, Oregon, overlooking the Deschutes River, Deschutes Brewery stands with its award-winning lineup of pioneering beers. What began in 1988 is now often on those best brewery lists. Free guided tours are offered for an up close and personal look at the brewing process, and there is also a pub in Portland, Oregon.

 

If you’re a beer lover and a road warrior, it’s high time you set out on an exploration across the land-o-brews and checked out some of these drink-worthy brew houses across the states. 

6 Must-See Wineries in the US

February 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The travels forged by a common passion, or in this case by a common taste, often shape the best experiences. All across the United States, travelers have the opportunity to sip on award winning wines as they meander down vineyard-lined highways. If you are in need of a bit of travel inspiration to plan your next vacation, consider plotting your adventures around stops at these standout U.S. wineries.

Becker Vineyards - Stonewall, Texas

The Hill Country of Texas is quickly growing into one of the top wine producing regions in the country. One of the area’s most esteemed wineries is Becker Vineyards. Just outside of the town of Fredericksburg, Becker Vineyards sets up in a 10,000 square foot reproduction of a late 19th century German stone barn. Known for their award-winning winemaking, it is worth the stop to sip on Becker’s Cabernet-Syrah or the Provençal Rosé. The Hill Country sits in close range of both Austin and San Antonio.

Pacific Star Winery - Fort Bragg, California

In terms of must-see wineries, Pacific Star Winery could win a beauty contest both inside and out. The winery in Mendocino County in California features a redwood and stone bar nestled into a Cliffside. Due to its unique location, the winery claims the seaside perch makes for dense wines. The waves crash into the sea caves under the wine cellar, lending a natural filtering process to the wine from its sediment. Pacific Star Winery is also the nation’s westernmost winery.

Woodward Canyon - Lowden, Washington

Located in the town of Lowden, around 13 miles west of Walla Walla, Washington, Woodward Canyon occupies a tasting room made up of a restored 1870s farmhouse. Looks aren’t everything at this Washington winery. The owners, Rick and Darcey Small take pride in keeping operations intimate by only producing around 15,000 cases each year. Perched in the country’s second largest wine producing area, Woodward Canyon has made a name for its premium cellar-worthy cabernet sauvignons, merlots and chardonnays.

Paumanok Vineyards - Aquebogue, New York

If you are staying at an Extended Stay America up in New York, there are plenty of must-see wineries in the area. Long Island in particular is quickly building up a reputation for fine wines. The tip of the East End, the North and South Forks, are home to many different wineries including Paumanok Vineyards. The winery produces only small batches, fewer than 9,000 cases, to keep quality high. The 103 acre estate places an emphasis on traditional dense planting of the vineyards in order to create the best wines.

Beaulieu Vineyard - Rutherford, California

You can’t tour the country in search of the best wineries without a stop in Napa Valley. One of the area’s oldest producers of fine wine is Beaulieu Vineyard. This 1885 old-timer offers spectacular tours of its original winery. Beaulieu Vineyard is known for crafting California wines considered among the world’s finest. The philosophy behind one hundred-year-old-plus success marries technology with craftsmanship.

Barboursville Vineyards - Barboursville, Virginia

Set around two hours from Washington D.C. and just 30 minutes from Charlottesville, Barboursville Vineyards is certainly one of America’s veterans in the wine industry. The area known for being the place of the first vines in the country is home to the 18th century historic landmark manor and winery. Barboursville Vineyards boasts a Tuscan Tasting Room where you can sip on the broadest range of current vintages along with the Library 1821, home to older vintages from the vineyards. Thought of as perhaps the best winery in the area, Barboursville Vineyards has the age and fame, with Thomas Jefferson connections, to prove its worth.

 

They say don’t forget to stop and smell the roses, but for wine aficionados near and far, maybe a better saying would be don’t forget to stop and sip the wine. And of course, designate a driver or plan for transportation!