If you feel like you barely made it through the holiday frenzy, it might just be time to start thinking about a vacation to help you recover from it all. Why not consider combining food and travel? A foodie vacation is the perfect intersection of deliciousness and excitement in one unforgettable package. Here are some top picks of gastronomic vacations to add to your Google searches.

Foodie Vacations: Stateside Selections

Exploring the range of national cuisine offers a unique way to get to know individual states. From packing up for a cross-country road trip to hopping a short-haul flight for a long weekend escape, there is plenty to explore stateside.

Texas: For the savory fan, a tour of Texas BBQ is sure to spark inner joy. Using Austin as a launch pad, Travel+Leisure plots three days’ worth of the best spots to enjoy authentic BBQ. Reasonably priced and rich in taste, the Texas BBQ experience is a must for any meat lover when it comes to food travel.

California: Driving the Pacific Coast Highway is a dream excursion unto itself. But checking out spots along the way is utterly exciting for the foodie. Try a classic American Breakfast at Circa ‘62 or a sweet treat at Franny’s Cup and Saucer. Many spots along this scenic drive are full of rich history, so take your time and enjoy the stories of locales like Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn.

Gastronomic Vacations: International Fare

Italy: While the authentic Italian dining experience is great, taking the time to find hidden gems off the tourist path is the key to a foodie’s heart. From Rome to Venice to Umbria, be sure to find out about the secret spots as you make your way through this gastronomic vacation dream.

Portugal: A generally more affordable alternative to some of the “usual” European vacation destinations, Portugal’s tourism and foodie vacation scene have been steadily gaining popularity. Relish in endless fresh seafood, or get interactive by taking a clam-picking tour with local fisherman and see your seafood up close.

Japan: From sushi to izakaya, the culinary crawl in Tokyo is among the most popular foodie vacations. Catch the morning tuna auction or enjoy skewers of eel. There’s a wide range of styles and budget ranges that can be part of your gastronomic adventure.

Peru: Chef Gaston Acurio may be the country's most famous culinary export and judging by the waitlist required at his restaurants - you'll want to get in line. While it’s known primarily for ceviche, Peru also has a notable influence on other chefs like Nobu Matsuhisa (yes – that Nobu).

Treats

St. Lucia: If you’re a chocoholic, the famous Jade Mountain resort’s chocolate lab should be on your list. It’s the island’s only “bean to bar” chocolate maker, thanks to over one thousand cocoa trees on-premises. Learn everything you could possibly want to know about making (or eating) chocolate for the ultimate chocolate lover’s foodie vacation.

Sweden: While the impulse may be to jet off somewhere tropical to beat the winter blues, a trip to Sweden might inspire you to skip the tiny umbrella in your daiquiri. There is a regional difference in cuisine between the north and south, but two things that remain constant are coffee and vodka. Grabbing a drink at Stockholm’s ICEBAR (indeed, a bar made of ice) is a memorable way to cap any Nordic adventure.

 

Whether it’s sun, sand or snow, the stomach is sure to win with any of these foodie vacations. Want to bring your gastronomic vacation back home with you? Check out our online store for any special ingredients you may need to add to your at-home gourmet dining experience.