It’s summer in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Located a quick 45-minute drive from the bright lights of the big city Philadelphia, this tiny town of less than 2,500 shares its sister’s swampy August weather. But even when the heat and humidity soar, visitors still flock to New Hope. They just slow down a bit, booking alfresco tables at waterside restaurants like The Landing and Martine’s Riverhouse Restaurant where the cooling breeze off the Delaware encourages patrons to linger longer.
It’s neither your imagination nor a fake fad dreamed up by a marketing team. The Steel City, once known more for football championships than culture, really is undergoing a restaurant Renaissance that just might turn it into the next big dining destination. With none other than Food & Wine and The New York Times gushing over its eclectic offerings, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s cuisine has become about much more than pierogies.
Themed food trails keep popping up nationwide. If we were to map the routes all out on a map the lines might look like a plate full of spaghetti.
The appeal is simple: Visit a place famous for a certain type of food and don’t enjoy that tasty dish just once, have it a whole heck of a lot. Indulge while you’re in the best place to get that specific yumminess. Dig in and discover how different chefs give that local specialty their own special twist. Satisfy your curiosity and specific craving. Calories don’t count on vacation, right?
Choosing overnight accommodations that keep bees on the property can have some sweet benefits: You might get a taste of the honey those bees produce when you order a breakfast biscuit, salad dressed with house-made vinaigrette, glazed veggies or meats, or even a cocktail at the on-site restaurant or bar.
Don’t even try to order pancakes at Two Rivers Lunch in Allagash, Maine. The cooks won’t let you. They will, however, be more than happy to take an order for pancake—singular—at any point during their normal hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It makes perfect sense once you realize those fluffy, homemade pancakes are the size of a dinner plate and commonly served “lumberjack style” with baked beans, bacon and fried potatoes.
A picnic is a small pleasure.
Even if you just grab a blanket and head for your own backyard, there's a simple joy in eating in the fresh air.
Some destinations take outdoor dining to another level of scene-setting and memory-making. Whether you pick up local sandwiches or burritos, or just tote some fresh bread, cheese and wine from home, don't miss the chance to picnic at these five spectacular spots.