Learning to Lobster, Crafting Artisan Cheeses, Making Maple Syrup...and Other Epicurious Adventures from 'Fun For Foodies'

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Six of New England's finest inns have partnered to create "Fun for Foodies Vacations"--experiences in regional culinary tourism that take guests into the farms, restaurants and kitchens of New England's finest innkeepers, specialty food producers and celebrated chefs.

Imagine spending a day making artisan cheese amid the pristine pastures of a flock of sheep, or harvesting lobster--one of Maine's oldest traditions--aboard a boat sailing the rocky Maine coast. Six of New England's finest inns have partnered to bring you "Fun for Foodies Vacations"--experiences in regional culinary tourism that promise a gastronomic good time this summer!

Kicking off this month with opportunities to take part in the timeless tradition of tapping New England's maple trees and making pure maple syrup, Fun for Foodies Vacations take culinary travel off the tour bus and into the farms, restaurants and kitchens of New England's finest innkeepers, specialty food producers and celebrated chefs.

According to a new report by the Travel Industry Association of America (http://www.tia.org), 27 million travelers, or 17% of American leisure travelers, engaged in culinary or wine-related activities while traveling within the past three years. The report goes on to say that the future is bright for the culinary traveler market, as the share of U.S. leisure travelers interested in culinary travel in the near future (60%) is significantly larger than those currently engaged.

"Each innkeeper has tapped into the best and most interesting culinary experiences in their respective regions, making each of the Fun for Foodies Vacations a unique opportunity to go behind New England's culinary scene," said Amy Jordan, owner of the Stone Hill Inn in Stowe, Vermont.

Looking to perfect a traditional New England Clambake? The professional chef instructors from Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute in Providence will walk you through the process. Want to make throwing dinner parties a snap? Let a Vermont chef help you plan a menu that leaves you plenty of time to be with your guests, enjoy yourself, and prepare an impressive meal. Or have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being Chef for a Day alongside the chef/owner at a coastal Maine inn renowned for its cuisine. Love good wine, but you'd like to expand your knowledge? Several wine tasting and educational experiences are offered. A New Hampshire inn that holds the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence offers a Sommelier for a Day experience that will enhance your knowledge of buying wine, properly serving various wines, and expertly pairing wines with food. Romantic gourmands will delight in Ultimate Picnic Baskets filled with the bounty of the Berkshires while taking in performances at Tanglewood or Jacob's Pillow.

The Fun for Foodies Vacations include Seasonal Selections, Epicurean Experiences (which are available year-round) and Everyday Bites (tips from local foodies on the best things to do and see in each area). All six participating inns are members of Select Registry, an association of more than 400 of the finest country inns, luxury B&Bs, and unique small hotels in North America. Additional information about Fun for Foodies Vacations can be found at http://www.selectregistry.com/funforfoodies/ or by contacting one of the participating inns at:

Birchwood Inn

Lenox, Massachusetts

http://www.birchwood-inn.com/foodies.html
800-524-1646

The Captain Lord Mansion

Kennebunkport, Maine

http://www.captainlord.com/romantic-packages/foodies.html
800-522-3141

Hancock Inn

Hancock, New Hampshire

http://www.hancockinn.com/Specialpack.html
800-525-1789

Hartstone Inn

Camden, Maine

http://www.hartstoneinn.com/foodie.htm
800-788-4823

Jacob Hill Inn

Providence, Rhode Island

http://www.jacobhillinn.com/foodies.shtml
888-336-9165

Stone Hill Inn

Stowe, Vermont

http://www.stonehillinn.com/fun-for-foodies.html
802-253-6282

Culinary travelers can plan a Fun for Foodies Vacation at just one inn or all six. Each participating inn will stamp a Fun for Foodies Trail Map along the way. Guests who visit at least three inns receive a free insulated wine bag, while those who visit all six will get a Select Registry gift certificate for $150 to use at any Select Registry inn. For more information, please visit http://www.selectregistry.com/funforfoodies/ or call any of the inns directly.

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