Chestnut Street Inn - Sheffield, IL
If you fancy fine food, you’re in luck--the innkeepers call this “the ultimate foodie’s bed and breakfast.” The chef crafts Mediterranean-inspired cuisine using organic food from local farms. Food themes change every few days, and they range from Italian to Moroccan to Spanish fusion. Hands-on cooking classes are held several times a week, and you get to select the menu based on available ingredients. Learn basic cooking techniques and the nuances of spices as you prepare your meal, then feast on it together afterward. If you're intrigued by agritourism, the innkeepers will point you to many local farms where they obtain their fresh produce and meats. At these farms, you'll have the chance to buy fresh honey or get tips on growing greens. Several wineries are also within close driving distance.
Abingdon Manor — Country Inn & Restaurant - Latta, SC
Hands-on kitchen experience is a focus at this culinary-minded inn. Spend the afternoon in the intimate cooking classes learning and preparing food while sampling wine from their expansive cellar. In addition to learning how to craft what's on the menu, get tips and techniques useful for all cooking. The fruits of your labor are s erved in your delectable six-course dinner. Not in the mood to cook? Try a meal in the acclaimed on-site restaurant, which features local products and produce, plus herbs and veggies from the inn's garden. Meals vary nightly based on fresh ingredients. Enjoy your meal with a unique wine pairing during one of their occasional wine dinners. Each of their wine dinner events focus on cuisine from a different region, such as French or Tuscan. If you need a bite to eat for your drive home, don't stop at a fast food restaurant--the innkeepers can send you with a lunch to-go bag containing fresh goodies for a small fee.
Auberge de Seattle; French Country Inn - Woodinville, WA
Culinary travelers will love this B&B that doubles as a certified French Specialty Cooking School. While it’s just outside of Seattle, you’ll experience the ambiance of the French countryside. Upon arrival, you’re treated to homemade gourmet desserts. Discover your inner chef with hands-on cooking classes, and you will leave an expert in French regional cuisine. Whether you partake in cooking classes or not, you’ll love eating their gourmet breakfasts that consist of made-from-scratch dishes with no preservatives or additives (plus some goodies from their garden). Monthly wine seminars are held each month, giving you the opportunity to participate in tastings with wine educators and explore specific grape varieties.
Casale San Bartolomeo - Marsciano, Italy
There are few places in the world better to explore gourmet cuisine than Italy. The innkeepers at this peaceful B&B in the country strive to immerse guests in the full Italian experience, with a focus on wine, olive oil, and food tasting. Take one of their private cooking classes to learn how to make traditional Umbrian and Roman dishes. If you love vino, the innkeepers will take you on a tour through Umbria’s wine trail and stop at many vineyards to taste and learn. They can also take you on an olive oil route to see an authentic olive oil press and sample the fresh oil. While the innkeepers will gladly give you the inside scoop on their favorite wine bars or restaurants, you can also join them for a night out so they can guide you on the best local spots. While there isn’t a restaurant on-site, the innkeepers are happy to prepare a delicious picnic lunch or authentic Italian dinner for guests.
Cocoa Cottage Bed & Breakfast - Whitehall, MI
It's hard to find a pair as chocolate-obsessed as the innkeepers, Lisa and Larry. Their passion for chocolate is woven throughout your experience at their B&B, where everything is made from scratch. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a chocolate dessert. Handmade chocolates are placed on your pillow at turndown, and you’ll awaken to a gourmet breakfast incorporating chocolate. Staples here include chocolate zucchini bread and classic hot fudge with fresh fruit. Try their homemade hot chocolate instead of coffee! Add on the Chocolate 101 package, where you will learn how chocolate is made and enjoy tastings of many types of chocolates. Of course, the lesson ends with a homemade chocolate dessert. But it’s not all chocolate here--in the summer, berries from the inn's garden appear in your breakfast, as will fresh produce from nearby farms. It’s no surprise that this inn is a treat for foodies; their creative French toast recipe made it into the Top 8 in our 2013 Best B&B Breakfast Recipe Tournament.
Elm Creek Manor - Muenster, TX
Take a food-filled adventure at this BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection inn. According to the innkeepers, it's “much more than a culinary experience; it is about love and respect for whole foods.” Dining here is a complete farm-to-table adventure. They grow their own organic herbs, fruits, and veggies, in addition fresh eggs. They raise organic beef, and they have dairy goats whose milk they use to make cheeses and milk for cooking. Their bees provide fresh honey and wax for their cheeses. Take a six-hour cheese-making course to help prepare aged cheeses while snacking on fruit, wine and cheese. You’ll be sent home with a jar of fresh chevre. Regular cooking classes are available, which teach you basic techniques as you prepare a meal (and taste wine in the process). For a more in-depth experience, you’re able to collect vegetables in the gardens, gather eggs from the barns, milk a goat, and even dress out a chicken or rabbit. Add on a five-course gourmet dinner to your stay here, or order a delicious fondue dinner. If you have a sweet tooth, order the in-room chocolate fondue dessert tray served with complimentary wine.
Hartstone Inn & Hideaway - Camden, ME
The innkeepers consider their Diamond Collection inn a culinary destination, and we agree. Sign up to be a “chef for a day” for a one-on-one cooking class with their expert chef. You can request a focus on certain types of cuisine, and your efforts will be used for that night’s dinner. Group cooking classes are also available to help you become versed in various regional, ethnic, and seasonal food. Your fresh breakfast incorporates local ingredients such as berries and lobster. Stay in for dinner and eat at the award-winning restaurant, which “infuses New England fare with an international flair” and features a massive wine list. The innkeepers also offer gourmet picnic basket adventures. Choose your picnic lunch, which ranges from Maine lobster to traditional fruit and potato salad. Select what adventure you want to take for your picnic, ranging from a lighthouse tour to a kayaking tour to a picnic overlooking Penobscot Bay. The innkeepers love to arrange tours for guests at the nearby Cellardoor Winery or send them to a nearby farm to take one-on-one cheese-making classes. For the ultimate foodie vacation, join the innkeepers/chefs for an annual culinary tour throughout Italy and France.
Harvest Moon B&B - New Holland, PA
The innkeeper, a professionally-trained chef, calls his food “art.” Fun-themed cooking demonstrations and tours are held throughout the year. For instance, spend a weekend being immersed in cuisine from regions of Italy or learn the craft of gluten-free cooking. One of their latest offerings includes a tour of the Amish countryside to find the best local herbs, followed by lessons on how to cook with them. An upcoming summer culinary experience explores natural and organic food, and it consists of lectures, instructions, and tours throughout local farms, roadside stands, and shops. An organic lunch is included, of course! Later in the year, they’re holding a Lancaster County cheese crawl that allows you to taste goods from local dairy farms and learn more about cheese. The innkeepers occasional offer murder mystery dinners that incorporate cheese, wine, and chocolate tastings.
La Bastide des Princes en Provence - Caderousse, France
Visit this 17th-century manor and immerse yourself in France’s Provence region, one of the most famous culinary travel destinations in the world. Learn the nuances of Provençal cuisine by taking on-site workshops and cooking classes from acclaimed Chef Pierre Paumel. Choose between pastry class and cooking classes. The cooking classes have different focuses each week, ranging from mushrooms to lobster to game. Make a reservation to dine at the inn, where Chef Paumel prepares world-class French dishes using vegetables and herbs from his garden. Ingredients that aren’t from his garden come from markets of Provence. Take a drive from the inn to visit nearby wineries, a chocolate factory, and fresh food markets.
The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast - Portland, ME
E. Scot Fuller, innkeeper and owner, is a savvy chef who ensures food is a huge part of your stay in this city known to be a foodie heaven. His Gosling Rum Croissant Bread Pudding made it to the Final Four in the 2013 Breakfast Recipe Tournament. He has bartended for Wu-Tang Clan and prepared breakfast and afternoon tea for Martha Stewart. Dine on creative breakfast concoctions such as blackberry cobbler waffles, all using fresh foods from local farmer’s markets, food stands, and grocers. If three rooms are booked and six guests are up for it, Scot hosts “Stay & Gourmet Weekends,” which are weekend-long experiences focused on a theme such as Italian food or Spanish tapas. It involves lessons, cooking classes, wine tastings, and delicious dining. Optional add-ons for your stay include an artisanal cheese board and handcrafted chocolate bark.