On the List: The Inn at Dos Brisas (USA)
Set within 300 acres of lush green meadows and rolling countryside, Dos Brisas is a Spanish-style ranch offering up a little bit of rural Texas (with plenty of foodie and outdoor activities)—that said, it has all the amenities you’d expect in the city. After trying your hand at cheese making courses, wine tastings, and cooking classes, take a breather at one of the nine Spanish-style Haciendas or Casitas. The on-site restaurant sources organic and seasonal ingredients from Dos Brisas’ very own farmland and orchards. It also happens to be the only Forbes five-star in the entire state of Texas. Oh, and as of this year, the ranch has gone all-inclusive, which means that save for spa services and fine dining, the majority of activities and meals are covered in the room rate.
On the List: Chiesa del Carmine (Italy) Depending on the season, guests can go ferreting for truffles in the forest, accompanied by a guide and specially trained dogs, or hunt for wild asparagus. (Fear not; however “wild” it may be, asparagus has never been known to attack unprovoked.) You can also learn about the winemaking process in the estate’s own vineyards, and discover how olive oil is made while strolling through the olive groves.
On the List: Gourmet Tours to Bolivia, Highlives Travel With HighLives Travel’s Gourmet tours to Bolivia comes the opportunity for adventurous food-lovers to discover the fruit of the country’s harvests. Here, the traditional rubs shoulders with the contemporary: you’ll meet Danish chef Claus Meyer, who hopes to catalyse Bolivia’s culinary development with his new La Paz restaurant Gustu, which sources ingredients exclusively from within Bolivia’s borders. Bolivian wine has not yet infiltrated the international market – its signature grape Muscat of Alexandria has only recently made it to the shelves as a table wine, having traditionally been distilled into brandy. But the wine-growing region of Tarija is beginning to thrive, and is now growing Chenin Blanc and Merlot grapes. Travellers on this trip will get to see it (and swig it) first-hand. After exploring the quinoa fields of the high Andean plains, and the salt flats of Uyuni, sights will turn to La Paz and the raucous markets of food, textiles, and witchcraft – llama foetus, anyone? The trip rounds up with a 15-course dinner at Gustu, which will feature the most irresistible Bolivian delicacies.