It’s the end of January in Chicago, and we’re thinking about coastal experiences! Dreams of spending sunny days on the beach, frolicking in the water, and enjoying fresh, just-fished seafood are pretty much occupying our every waking thought. So here are a few of our top coastal experiences we recommend for helping cure your winter blues!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Puglia is one of the best and most underrated (read: not full of tourists!) destinations in Italy. As a top producer of wine, grain, and olives, it is the perfect destination for a cooking vacation. Our top seller in Puglia features a stay at a “masseria,” a country estate that produces most of its own products for consumption, as well as great cooking courses, visits to Matera, Bari, Alberobello, and more!
Cook with a wonderful chef in the Yucatan, one of Mexico’s most fascinating and vibrant regions. The capital city Merida has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with a robust food and restaurant scene that makes it an ideal spot for exploring the many rich flavors of Mexican cuisine. Rounding out the food experiences are trips to local Mayan ruins and free time for relaxing in the sun.
What could be better than Catalonia’s Costa Brava? You can explore Catalan cuisine, world-famous wines, and charming Spanish villages. I was on the Costa Brava years ago and remember the characteristic fishing villages, the amazing Priorat wines, the sunshine and complex, flavorful dishes.
Visit Barcelona in Catalonia.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our coastal itineraries. Which one tempts you the most?
By Peg Kern
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