Some people vacation to escape the kitchen, while others travel to learn everything they can about what they eat. If you are the latter—and pick places to stay based on breakfast, lunch and dinner—a hotel with cooking classes might just be the winning recipe for your next trip. Here are some of our favorite places to learn how to cook while away.
Ramekins Culinary School and Inn: Located in Sonoma, California—not far from the highly acclaimed French Laundry restaurant—this school/inn brings in notable chefs to teach everything from cheese making to French cuisine.
The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa: Alongside a picturesque setting in northwestern Vermont, the resort offers hands-on classes that teach technique, regional cuisine and traditional recipes at its Cook Academy.
Blackberry Farm: Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, the farm provides culinary events and cooking demonstrations taught by the top people in the food world today. Check the calendar to see what’s cooking.
The Biltmore Hotel: For those looking for a little heat outside of the kitchen, a stay in Miami is just the ticket. As the only hotel with a recreational cooking school operating in North America, the Biltmore Hotel is a fabulous place to learn how to cook up a storm.