Select Registry Announces “Fun for the Foodies Vacations” for Epicurious Travelers


Stowe, Vt. (June 6, 2006)  Food-loving travelers looking to take more than a souvenir home from their next vacation will relish in afternoons dipping hand- made chocolates, learning to roll a perfect pie crust, and brewing their own micro-ales on a Fun for Foodies Vacation. Capitalizing on the growing trend of experiential vacations, seven Select Registry inns in New England and New York have launched Fun for Foodies Vacations. These epicurean experiences take guests well beyond tourist attractions and popular restaurants into the world of boutique and artisan food producers, and into the kitchens of some of the region’s most celebrated chefs.

“The inns have chosen foodie partners that are real treasures,” said Keith Kehlbeck, Executive Director of Select Registry. “Guests looking to get off- the-beaten path will delight in intimate, behind-the-scenes classes with chefs, and hands-on experiences with local, specialty food producers that most tourists will only see on the menu at a good restaurant.”

>From gourmet picnics to hands-on, behind-the-scenes experiences, the
>Fun
for Foodies Vacations appeal to a broad spectrum of epicurean travelers.
Guests might visit a local cheesemaker to assist in the production of an artisan cheese, samples of which will be sent to their home after they have been aged, or enjoy a lobster harvesting demonstration and lunch cruise.
Many of the inns offer the opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced chefs from the inns as well as from the renowned Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts. Guests will to learn the secret to signature dishes, including a perfect crème brulée and real Italian gnocchi. Wine aficionados will enjoy participating in all aspects of winemakingfrom planting to productionas well as classes on pairing and tasting. Of course, a New England foodie tour would not be complete without ample opportunities to tour a maple sugarhouse and sample real maple syrup.

Adventurous culinary enthusiasts will find packages that combine the best of the outdoors with the best of the region’s foodfrom moonlit snowshoe and fondue tours to gourmet picnic canoe trips.

The vacation packages are divided into three categories: Extraordinary Epicurean Experiences, offered year round (or nearly so); Seasonal Selections, offered seasonally; and Everyday Bites, a selection of foodie- favorite places that individuals visit may independently. Offerings vary from inn to inn.

The participating inns are all members of Select Registry, an association of innkeepers representing unique and distinguished properties in North America.
Additional information about Fun for Foodies Vacations can be found at www.selectregistry.com/funforfoodies/ or by contacting one of the participating inns at:

Aurora Inn
Finger Lakes, New York
www.aurora-inn.com/funforfoodies
866-364-8808

Birchwood Inn
Lenox, Massachusetts
www.birchwood-inn.com/foodies.htm
800-524-1646

The Captain Lord Mansion
Kennebunkport, Maine
www.captainlord.com/fun-for-foodies.html
800-522-3141

Hancock Inn
Hancock, New Hampshire
www.hancockinn.com/Specialpack.html
800-525-1789

Hartstone Inn
Camden, Maine
www.hartstoneinn.com/Foodies/fun4foodies.htm
800-788-4823

Jacob Hill Inn
Providence, Rhode Island
www.jacobhillinn.com/foodies.shtml
888-336-9165

Stone Hill Inn
Stowe, Vermont
www.stonehillinn.com/fun-for-foodies.htm
802-253-6282

Culinary travelers can plan a Fun for Foodies Vacation at just one inn or all seven. 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 seven will get a Select Registry gift certificate for $150 to use at any Select Registry inn. For more information, please visit www.selectregistry.com/funforfoodies/ or call 800-344-5244.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stone Hill Inn/Glenn Moody

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