Surrounded by historic dairy farms—some of which have made cheese for over 175-years!—Madison is the capital of a state that has long been the top cheese producer in the United States. In Wisconsin, the craft of cheese-making is so rigorous that every producer must obtain a license to make cheese. (A license is also required to produce butter.)
Salt is the stuff of life. It infuses our oceans, which average 3.5 percent salinity. It’s in our bodies, too: a typical-sized adult is comprised of around 100 grams of sodium chloride. Of course, salt has long been used for preserving and seasoning food, but it’s responsible for more than keeping grub fresh and flavorful. Humans need to ingest salt to live, something our ancestors must have guessed; salus, the Latin word for health, originated from sal(salt). Among other bodily functions, sodium helps our muscles to contract and our blood to circulate. It’s crucial to preventing dehydration, too.
Home to the state’s highest peak of Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vermont is best known for its skiing. It is so much a ski destination, in fact, that the tiny town is referred to as both the Ski Capital of the East and the Swiss Alps of the East. When snow is on the ground, you can fill your days with endless outdoor activity: not just alpine skiing, but traversing cross-country trails, skating at an outdoor ice rink, ice fishing on frozen ponds, dog sledding or “fat biking”—which, despite what SoulCycle might have you believe, is mountain biking on bikes with wider tires made for snow and ice. It’s easy to have a healthy, exercise-heavy vacation in Stowe, especially in January, when resolutions are new and, in the quiet after the holidays, your time is finally your own again.
If your favorite excuse to jump on a plane is to get to a foodie experience that’s unmistakably unique to a place, then consider this your round-up of where to plan your next several trips. From dishes inspired by years of tradition to modern creations, you may find your mouth starts watering as you read. Even better: Not only do these destinations offer something worth savoring, they’re all pretty cool to visit in general.
The phrase “As American as apple pie” has a lot of meaning to the farmers of Central Pennsylvania. Each fall, local orchards burst with apples of many colors and tastes: 72 different apple varieties grow in this region! One family has made the art of growing and selling apples their business for the last 63 years. On a 500-acre farm in Biglerville, Penn., four generations of the Hollabaugh family tend the land to produce enough apples for their own market as well as for wholesalers who buy half of the 100,000 bushels they harvest each year.
If food is your passion, treat your taste buds to a trip to Sevierville, Tennessee. You’ll find tastings that range from savory to sweet, behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, plus places to stock up on all the tools needed to recreate the flavors of the Smoky Mountains at home. These stops belong on every foodie’s itinerary.
Just a mile from downtown Detroit, Michigan, one of the oldest and largest year-round markets in the nation brims with foods and merchandise in five sheds ringed by restaurants, shops and food purveyors to form a district encompassing 24 acres. The market serves wholesale and retail customers and hosts a farmers market every Saturday, as well as Tuesdays and Sundays in summer. In 2018, it added a night market on the third Thursday each month from June through September. Saturdays remain the busiest with as many as 45,000 customers and up to 250 vendors.