Newsletter March 2014
Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, and the Loire Valley and Provence in France continue to be among our top-requested destinations, but they're not the only regions where we host travelers. For your next trip, consider a lesser-known, but just as wonderful region. Not only will there be less tourists typically, but your money will often go farther.
Take for example our cooking vacation A Culinary Adventure in Umbria. Your accommodations for the week are at a stunning Relais & Chateaux property that was once an Umbrian palace, but the starting price for the 6-night program is just $2900. Yet, it's not just about the price; it's also about the experience. By visiting the local pig farm and participating in a truffle hunt — with dogs — you'll meet and get to know the locals in and around Norcia, which is one of the best parts of any trip!
Also in Italy, the region of Puglia is a beautiful land with miles of coast line, fertile plains, and 300 days of a sun each year. As one of the oldest parts of Italy, it's worth experiencing. Both our programs here in the "heel of Italy" — A Culinary Adventure in Puglia and Discovering Puglia – feature cooking classes with local chefs, who would love to share their love of the local cuisine.
Over in France, consider the stunning Languedoc region, which is very much like Provence, both in atmosphere and cuisine. It's also an area known for its wine, as it produces a third of the country's wine. During our New Provence: Cooking in the Languedoc culinary vacation, you'll stay in the countryside at a charming stone farmhouse, where there's just three guest rooms. From the stunning views of the countryside to the excursions to local historical points of interest, this is a fabulous program.
In total, we offer more than 90 cooking vacations, meaning we have plenty of options for you to choose from. Feel free to call or write us anytime to start planning your trip.