The main highway leads to a blacktop country road that narrows as it winds for miles through forests and farmland. Just when you think your GPS must be wrong and you’re lost in the middle of nowhere a sign points to a nearly hidden driveway. Suddenly a stuccoed Tuscan villa, glowing gold in the afternoon sun, appears before row upon row of grape vines.
Today's independent bookstore owners will tell you it's not enough just to sell books. They have to plan events, serve lunch, and offset the bottom line with booze. That's just the nature of the business, but who doesn't like to curl up with a good book and sip from a glass of wine while nibbling on a pastry or panini?
If you know only one thing about the food that comes out of Berkeley, California, just across the bay from San Francisco, you probably know about Chez Panisse. There, Alice Waters opened her iconic restaurant in 1971 and, effectively, introduced farm-to-table dining to middle-class America. Thousands upon thousands of diners still make a pilgrimage to Chez Panisse every year to dine at the altar of the slow food movement.
Summer is here and it’s time to get those bicycles out of the garage and hit the trails! Designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as the only silver-level ride center on the East Coast—and one of only 15 in the world—Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a perfect choice for riders of all levels. From family-friendly greenways in the city of Roanoke to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and more than 300 miles of mountain trails, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital is a cyclist’s bucket list destination.
Food traditions, regional agriculture, local novelties, and simple good tastes are celebrated across the U.S. with countless seasonal festivals and themed parties. It’s easy to fill up your travel calendar with foodie events. To help you get started, here are a few suggestions; this is by no means a comprehensive list! These featured foodie events aren’t necessarily the best known or largest of their kind, but they all offer a variety of events and last multiple days.
“If you like oysters, then you probably love oysters,” says Dylan Block-Harley, director of operations at Walrus & Carpenter Oysters. “And if you love oysters there’s nothing better than eating them right out of the water.” But if you don’t work at the aquaculture farm in Charlestown, Rhode Island, you can’t really have that experience—unless you manage to snag a coveted spot at one of its summer farm dinners, which happen on a sandbar right in the middle of the oyster farm.
It’s not surprising that Florida—known as the Sunshine State thanks to its more than 230 days of great weather every year—has a plethora of restaurants with outdoor patios and porches where your pooch is welcome to join you for a meal. From funky Key West and cosmopolitan Miami to historic St. Augustine and laid-back St. Petersburg, you’ll find everything from beach bars to award-winning haute cuisine.
In recent years, blooms have leapt from garden to plate. The use of edible flowers at restaurants and bars has surged. For visual appeal, health benefits, and distinctive taste, rose, hibiscus, squash blossom, and many other petals are planted on menus across the country. Here are some of the budding chefs and venues that are increasing the everyday diner’s vocabulary and appetite for edible flowers.
When Evan Hansen and his partners first spotted the location that would become Selden Standard, a contemporary fine dining restaurant in Detroit, Michigan, the building was boarded up and abandoned. Weeds in the empty lot across the street were waist high. Meth dealers openly sold their products on the corner. There wasn’t a working street light for blocks.
Marking a major expansion of its acclaimed garden-based education program, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has opened a new $28 million Edible Academy. The indoor-outdoor campus, designed by the distinguished architecture firm Cooper Robertson, is at the cutting-edge of sustainable technology and will allow NYBG’s edible gardening program for children, families, teachers, and the general public to double its capacity to 100,000 people annually and operate year-round.