Whether you want to take a hands-on cooking class with a seasoned chef, eat like a locavore, or sip fine wines, bed and breakfasts all over the world offer top-notch food and wine activities. These 15 B&Bs offer incredible culinary experiences that can be enjoyed by everyone, from a kitchen novice to an expert foodie.

1. Cedar Gables Inn in Napa, CA
  • Hands-on cooking lessons with Napa chefs
  • Free evening hors d’oeuvres
  • Expert wine pairings

This inn is known to pair outstanding wines from the renowned Napa region. You can take hands-on cooking classes with top-notch chefs from the region in the inn’s new Old English-style kitchen. Afterward, dine on your fresh-cooked meals and drink tasty wines in the B&B’s elegant dining room. The inn also serves delicious gourmet breakfasts, in addition to complimentary evening hors d’oeuvres and fine wines. It is also home to an Old English tavern, pictured to the left, where you can enjoy free wine or beer.


2. The Chanric Inn in Calistoga, CA
  • Serves famous three-course brunch
  • Seasonal menu changes daily
  • Uses ingredients from own garden and local farms

Focused on the discerning culinary traveler, The Chanric Inn offers a famous three-course, chef-prepared brunch. Pictured is one of their brunch items--chived eggs on fontina toast, sauteed spinach, mushroom duxelles, and white truffle oil. The seasonal menu changes every day and is customized to the exclusive dietary restrictions of every guest. Some of the food comes from the inn’s own organic garden, while some of the rest comes from organic farmers at the Calistoga Farmer's Market. Guests also enjoy a complimentary wet bar. The B&B is located in the Napa Valley, so it’s also surrounded by fabulous wineries and restaurants.

3. Mission Oak Inn in Henry, IL
  • On-site gourmet restaurant
  • Take personal cooking lessons from their chef
  • Free homemade dessert each evening

The inn has its own restaurant where you can add on an optional gourmet meal. When staying at Mission Oak Inn, you can also add on a cooking package that allows you to get personal instruction from their Chef Denny on how to cook your favorite Mission Oak Inn dinner, breakfast, and dessert. You choose the menu and help prepare it. In addition to the free deluxe breakfast each morning, guests also receive a complimentary homemade dessert in the evening. Pictured is their famous stuffed French toast with eggs, sausage gravy, hash browns, and cheese.

4. Hartstone Inn & Hideaway in Camden, ME
  • On-site restaurant with five-course dinner
  • Opportunity to be “Chef for a Day”
  • Seasonal breakfast with sweet and savory flavors

Called a “culinary destination” by Fodor’s, this inn is known for its award-winning cuisine. There is an on-site restaurant open to both the public, which serves a five-course dinner and lengthy wine list. You can sign up to be “Chef for a Day” and join the inn’s Chef Michael Salmon for a one-on-one cooking lesson. There are also scheduled group classes from November through May, or you can schedule a private group class and choose from one of 25 different cooking courses. Additionally, the inn hosts several foodie adventures a year outside of the inn, including an excursion to Tuscany. The inn’s freshly-made breakfasts vary with seasonal ingredients and alternate between sweet and savory.

5. Ivy Manor Inn in Bar Harbor, ME
  • Its restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • French cuisine with New England flair
  • Cooking classes and chef’s table available

This French country inn has its own acclaimed restaurant, Michelle's Fine Dining, pictured left. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef Roger Potvin prepares French cuisine with a New England flair, and the restaurant features authentic 19th and 20th century decor. Cooking class packages are available, as is seating a chef’s table. Breakfast involves a variety of homemade baked goods, fruits, juices, and more.

6. The Squire Tarbox Inn in Westport Island, ME
  • Owned and run by experienced Swiss chef
  • Serves veggies and eggs from its own farm
  • Offers group and private cooking classes

The B&B’s own gourmet restaurant is run by experienced Swiss chef and owner Mario De Pietro. The inn’s organic gardens supply most of the vegetables served in the restaurant, some of which you see to the left, as well as fresh eggs from their chickens for breakfast. Thursday nights are Swiss-themed, with food such as cheese fondue and raclette. During certain times of the year, they offer cooking class weekends, which include lodging, cooking lessons, and meals. You can also take private three-hour cooking lessons on the subject you choose. Guests enjoy a full buffet breakfast each morning.

7. Yates House B&B in Rocheport, MO
  • Hosts gourmet weekends full of cooking classes
  • Award-winning breakfasts with local ingredients
  • Uses local produce and herbs from own garden

This Diamond Collection B&B offers “gourmet weekends” several times a year, a package that includes the following: a Friday night reception featuring discussion of food and wine, a cooking class and Friday evening supper, a Saturday sous chef class session, a special vintner's tour of Les Bourgeois Vineyard on Saturday, and a Saturday afternoon dinner prep class and multi-course dinner. You can also book private cooking lessons for a small group. All guests dine on award-winning breakfasts in the inn’s Dixie’s Kitchen and Sun Room, which serves fresh local produce, cheese, eggs, and meats. They also use herbs grown in their own garden. Innkeeper Dixie Yates, pictured left, is the author of a cookbook and has been featured in many publications, such as "Southern Living" and "USA Today."

8. Abingdon Manor Country Inn & Restaurant in Latta, SC
  • Fine dining, full bar, and wine service
  • Fresh local seafood, meat, poultry, produce
  • Intimate hands-on cooking classes

The elegant restaurant at this Diamond Collection B&B offers fine dining, full bar, and wine service. A pre-fixe menu changes nightly and features local seafood, prime meats, free-range chicken, and vegetables and herbs from the inn’s gardens. The B&B also offers a weekend cooking package. With a six-person maximum, the intimate lessons allow hands-on instruction for some of the inn's favorite recipes and allow you to be part of preparing Saturday night dinner. While sampling some selections from Abingdon Manor's wine cellar, spend much of Saturday working on that evening's unique salad and entree. Dine on a delicious six-course dinner that evening and wake up to a full gourmet breakfast. The photo is of Chef Patty showing a cooking school student how to make porcini mushroom pasta.

9. Elm Creek Manor in Gainesville, TX
  • Take private cooking lessons with chef
  • They raise their own beef and grow their own fruits and veggies
  • Free wine and appetizers in the evening

When you stay at this luxurious B&B, you can take private cooking lessons with the in-house chef. You will get the chance to help the chef create the menu for the five-course dinner before you arrive at the inn. Once you’re at the inn, take a four-hour cooking course while enjoying local wine as you learn prep work, technique, and new skills as you help prepare the five-course dinner for guests. That evening, you will be seated at a private chef’s table just off the kitchen to watch the plating and serving of the dishes you helped prepare. Plus, all guests are given complimentary wine and appetizers each evening, along with a breakfast created from scratch each morning. They grow their own organic herbs, fruit, and vegetables, and they raise their own beef. They only serve locally farm-raised pork and free-range chicken and eggs.

10. L'Auberge Edge of Seattle Inn in Woodinville, WA
  • Hands-on French cooking classes
  • Monthly wine education seminars
  • Annual culinary tour in France

Guests at this French country-style inn can take hands-on French regional dinner cooking classes from the inn’s chef in the open kitchen to the left. The inn hosts monthly educational wine seminars and an annual French culinary tour to the Loire Valley. When you arrive at the inn, you will be treated to gourmet desserts. For breakfast, you can opt for the Continental breakfast with assorted French sweetbreads and more, or you can upgrade to a two-course gourmet breakfast. All of their baking is made by scratch in-house, and they use no preservatives or additives in their cooking. Some of the vegetables they cook with are grown in their own garden.

11. Home Hill Country Inn in Plainfield, NH
  • Focus on local and seasonal cuisine
  • Homemade pasta, cheese, sausage, and more
  • Has its own gastropub with craft beers

You’ll love drinking cocktails and dining on gourmet cuisine in the elegant restaurant at this Diamond Collection inn. Chef Peter Varkonyi focuses on local and seasonal cuisine, and they have partnered with a variety of Upper Valley farmers to feature fresh ingredients. The inn makes its own homemade sausages, bread, mozzarella cheese, pastas, cured salmon, ice cream, and more. They offer a weekend gourmet package that includes champagne and hors d’oeuvres when you arrive, a chef’s tasting dinner with wine pairings one of the evenings, a basket of New Hampshire specialties, and more. The B&B also has a gastropub, Gallup’s Pub, with craft beers and unique cuisine.

12. Gateways Inn in Lenox, MA
  • Hosts Italian cooking class weekends
  • Fine dining restaurant serves Italian and modern American cuisine
  • Bar offers single malt scotch flights

Lovers of Italian food will be in heaven at this B&B in the former residence of Harley Procter (of Procter & Gamble). The inn’s fine dining restaurant, La Terrazza, serves Italian and contemporary American food and uses seasonal menus, in addition to as much local food as possible. Chef Rosemary Chiariello doubles as the innkeeper and is a master of Italian cuisine. The extensive-award winning wine list focuses on American and Italian wines. The restaurant is open to the public and serves breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner, and cocktails at the restaurant’s bar. Learn more about single malt scotches with flights and personalized tastings from the inn’s collection. Guests can book Italian cooking class weekends and be immersed in Italian food and wine. You can choose to participate in a full day, a day and a half, or a full weekend. Every month focuses on food and wine from a different region of Italy.

13. Cocina Pacifica in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Beachfront cooking school
  • Choose hands-on or watch and sip wine
  • See breaching whales up-close

Three weeks a year, this luxurious beachfront estate offers a cooking school. It claims to be the only beachfront cooking school in the world. You’ll get to prepare dinner with some of Cabo’s best chefs, and you get to choose whether you work hands-on or sit back and watch with a glass of wine. Plus, during whale season, you’ll see dozens of whales breaching up-close—a sight you don’t see at most cooking schools! All meals here are included with your stay, and they can tailor the menu to your needs.

14. El Moli De Siurana in Girona, Spain
  • Located in a peaceful Spanish Village
  • B&B doubles as a working farm
  • Dine on traditional Spanish meals

Located in a small village in the Catalunya region of Spain, this B&B doubles as a working farm. Their farming is based on fattening Pyrenean calves and producing cereals and fodder, but they also raise sheep and a variety of chicken breeds. Guests are welcome to visit the farm. For breakfast, guests dine on fresh dishes such as organic fried eggs, sausages, cheese, cakes, and fruits. For dinner, enjoy traditional Spanish meals and their own "infusion de hierbas" (herbal tea). Pictured in the kitchen are the owner, Maria, her sister, Dolores, and her daughter, Sara.

15. Willow Trace Bed & Breakfast in Collingwood, Ontario
  • Head chef has 40+ years of experience
  • Small cooking classes with wide range of topics
  • Inn makes its own bacon and preserves

This B&B’s tasty breakfast menu is prepared by a Savoy-trained chef. The inn’s own organic chickens supply the eggs, and the preserves and bacon served with breakfast are homemade. The B&B is home to the Collingwood Cooking Academy, where you can take a variety of cooking classes. The classes are led by Chef Philip Tarlo, who has over 40 years of experience. The classes are small and allow one-on-one help. There is a series of beginner cooking 101 classes, but there are also many specialty courses such as Thai cooking, a pasta workshop, sushi, and more.

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