With October here and Thanksgiving just around the corner, the leaves are changing and harvest season is making its grand entrance. With that comes one of the best times of the year to taste and experience the country’s best dining. Here are our top picks for foodie trips this fall.
The Raphael Hotel’s Culinary Getaway
Over in Kansas City, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Raphael Hotel is offering a Sunday Culinary Getaway that promises to be a romantic celebration of food and fun. The package consists of accommodations for one night, valet parking and the chance to enjoy the epicurean delights of The Raphael’s signature restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza. Known for its contemporary, regional American cuisine, the restaurant hosts a Weekend Jazz Brunch that creates an atmosphere like no other by paying homage to KC’s jazz heritage and vibrant artistic scene while serving petite filet and eggs, lobster Benedict and other morning treats. Bonus: For every dollar spent at Chaz on the Plaza for dinner on Sunday and breakfast on Monday, you’ll receive a dollar off of your room rate (up to $169).
Carmel Culinary Package at L’Auberge Carmel
Spend the day golfing at beloved Pebble Beach before tucking into a thoughtfully appointed guest room at Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Four-Star L’Auberge Carmel. Your stay begins with homemade chocolate chip cookies upon check-in. But don’t fill up too much; dinner for two with wine pairings awaits you at Five-Star Aubergine. Here, executive chef Justin Cogley and his team create some of the finest cuisine on the West Coast through a celebration of the season’s ingredients and immaculate, skillful technique. And the experience doesn’t end with dinner. The package also includes an autographed copy of the 99 Inspirational Chefs: Recipes from North America, Mexico and the Caribbean cookbook and a signature breakfast for two.
Refined American Cuisine Experience at The Inn at Little Washington
Sneak in a few days this fall at Five-Star The Inn At Little Washington and your taste buds will never forget it. Steeped in history, the property is set in one of the few unspoiled colonial villages left in the country, kept as is since the days George Washington first surveyed it back in 1749. Here, award-winning chef Patrick O’Connell delights by employing a philosophy for making of goods from nearby farmers and artisanal producers that translates into refined, regional American cuisine. When you order the Menu of the Moment, you feast on seasonal ingredients that are showcased in a tasting menu — summer’s arrangement was highlighted by parsley-crusted lamb with fresh vegetables — and paired with wines from the Inn’s 14,000-bottle wine cellar.
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte’s “Urban Agritourism”
A long-time champion for environmentally friendly practices and using local sources, this LEED Gold-certified Four-Star hotel already boasts a vegetated roof that is home to 10,000 sedum plants and two beehives, generating more than 70 pounds of chemical-free honey annually. Plants, herbs and vegetables from the garden are being made available for guests (to enjoy on-site or to take home) in the new Lobby Farmers Market on weekends. Additionally, you’ll find ingredients that have been grown on-site incorporated in items from the spa (Garden Glow body scrub) to the cocktail bar (the rooftop honey- and basil-featured Sherry Cobbler).
Fearrington’s Fall Cooks & Books
Get away for a quaint weekend at Five-Star The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, North Carolina (just outside of Raleigh-Durham), where they’re getting excited about autumn with several notable events, including the fall Cooks & Books series. Epicurean luminaries like author Ruth Reichl (Oct. 15) and New York City icons Daniel Humm and Will Guidara (Nov. 8) will host unique experiences with enough bites and insight to fill your tummy and intellect. Also this season, the calendar will be filled with brew and vino events like Wines of the Alta Piedmont with Trey Stephenson (Oct. 22) to properly celebrate the season’s bounty.
Restaurant Guy Savoy’s Forbes Menu
Specially created to celebrate its Five-Star rating, Caesars Palace’s Restaurant Guy Savoy is offering an extravagant tasting menu for discerning Vegas guests. The five-course itinerary highlights premium ingredients and exquisite wines — five dishes paired with five wines all for $555. Selections include a langoustine tartare with golden osetra caviar and asparagus bavarois paired with a Krug Grande Cuvée; an artichoke and black truffle soup with toasted mushroom brioche and black truffle butter; and seared Japanese wagyu with Maine lobster and stuffed rigatoni.
Beau Rivage, Geneva’s Gourmet Experience
This grand Swiss hotel celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. There are few finer ways to commemorate such an occasion than with food. Visit Geneva’s Beau Rivage over the coming weeks to take advantage of the Gourmet Experience, a promotion consisting of a room, welcome treat, buffet breakfast, dinner at revered French restaurant Le Chat-Botté and champagne at the Atrium Bar. The only thing missing for the party will be streamers and balloons. But we’re pretty sure that if you had to have those, too, the appeasing staff would ensure you got them.