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At B&Bs, Culinary Travel is "Inn"
April 23, 2013 4:08 pm by Anne Banas
When it comes to staying in a bed and breakfast, sleeping is only half
the equation. A morning meal can make the difference between an OK stay
and a life-changing one. Needless to say, choosing the right inn is
essential. That's why, coming off the heels of its Best B&B (full disclosure:
I had the pleasure of serving as a guest judge), BedandBreakfast.com is
revealing its Top 10 Culinary Inns in the world. And if breakfast isn't
enough, there are plenty of other ways to bring out your inner
gourmand, including gourmet dinners, cooking classes, wine tastings, and
even welcome desserts right when you arrive.
Here's a quick synopsis of the inns that made the list and what culinary offerings make them stand out:
Elm Creek Manor in Gainesville, TX
Take a food-filled adventure at this BedandBreakfast.com Diamond
Collection inn. Sated by the innkeepers, it's “much more than a culinary
experience; it is about love and respect for whole foods.” Dining here
is a complete farm-to-table adventure. They grow their own organic
herbs, fruits, and veggies, in addition fresh eggs. They raise organic
beef, and they have dairy goats whose milk they use to make cheeses and
milk for cooking. Their bees provide fresh honey and wax for their
cheeses. Take a six-hour cheese-making course to help prepare aged
cheeses while snacking on fruit, wine and cheese. You’ll be sent home
with a jar of fresh chevre. Regular cooking classes are available, which
teach you basic techniques as you prepare a meal (and taste wine in the
process). For a more in-depth experience, you’re able to collect
vegetables in the gardens, gather eggs from the barns, milk a goat, and
even dress out a chicken or rabbit. Add on a five-course gourmet dinner
to your stay here, or order a delicious fondue dinner. If you have a
sweet tooth, order the in-room chocolate fondue dessert tray served with