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Culinary Stays

Higher Ground

Checking into the Land of Plenty

Bounty to bar. Harvest to hearth. Call it what you will — a fresh crop of farm-focused destinations from South Africa to the Smoky Mountains are getting back to the land, nourishing the body and soul.

By the Numbers


Launch Pad

Blackberry Mountain

Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm pioneered the chef-led, farm-stay concept and now its soon-to-open sister property, Blackberry Mountain, adds adventure to the mix. Hike, bike, climb and rappel throughout thousands of acres of untouched Great Smoky Mountains dotted with hidden waterfalls and a series of soaring water towers. Meals are no less intrepid: Executive Chef Josh Feathers heads the foraging expeditions in search of mushrooms, beets and more. Trail-side, open-flame dining includes the fruits of your labor supplemented by Blackberry Farm’s famed cheeses, charcuterie and more. Blackberry Mountain opens February 2019.

Andaz Maui

Soar sky high at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort with its heli-foraging tours of a Maui plantation. Ride with the chef to a private tropical farm ripe with native produce and drop down into fields of white ginger, Tongan taro and more. Then reap the rewards of your harvesting back at the oceanfront retreat for a cooking class starring your fresh-picked haul. 

Who's Growing What, Where

Rambutan: Native to Southeast Asian, this spiky-rind, lychee-like fruit can be plucked by guests at the 10-suite tea estate Kahanda Kanda, Sri Lanka.

Calabash: AKA bottle gourd or long melon, the fruit grows alongside the golf course at the West Indies’ Kittitian Hill where caddies will point you to the ripest of the bunch.   

Maracuya: A member of the passion fruit family, this sweet and seedy fruit can be picked at La Huerta at Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica, diamond-set amid lush treetop canopies of the Talamanca Mountains.

Burlat, Moreau, Napoleon & Griotte: Four of 16 varieties of cherries grown at Le Domaine D’Ablon, a collection of humble farmer’s cottages gone opulent in Normandy, France.

Inn Crowd

Cape Kidnappers

There’s the cliff-top golf course above Hawke’s Bay, the infinity pools and the luxury lodge suites, but New Zealand’s Cape Kidnappers is also a working coastal farm, which means that everything — meat, fish, fruit and vegetables — are sourced directly from the spot. Better yet, you can experience that bounty beyond the dining table: Head for the gardens with hotel chefs to pluck the night’s meal, or spend a day with your kids working alongside shepherds as they guide flocks across the rugged terrain and river flats of this high-drama landscape.

INTRO: @Le Domaine D'Ablon

LAUNCH PAD: @Blackberry Mountain

THE BRAG: @Andaz Maui

INN CROWD: @Cape Kidnappers

Swim with killer whales, camp with friends, and cool off in a river surrounded by the beauty of Baja, California. 🇲🇽

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This surreal store in Chengdu, China, which includes over 80,000 books, is lined with images of books on the upper shelves so it would appear that they stretch from floor to ceiling.

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Patagonia is pretty much the most magical place on Earth.

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inspired by Space exploration’s seminal era, as it sits in quiet solitude surrounded by pitted rock format, Echo Camp in Antarctica gives you as close as you can get to feeling off the planet without leaving Earth.

It`s the newest luxury adventure experience from White Desert where you can enjoy fine dining, ice climbing, cross-country skiing and for the adventurers learn life saving techniques.

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Dreaming of traveling to warmer destinations like Lucky Bay in Western Australia.

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Discover the allure of Pidurangala Rock, a captivating geological marvel adjacent to Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. Embark on a scenic hike that unveils panoramic vistas of Sigiriya Rock, lush forests, and distant mountains. Explore a historic cave temple at the base and catch the magic of sunrise or sunset from the summit.

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Located in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh in India, Kardang Village offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan landscapes and its 12th century monastery that holds cultural and historical significance in the region.

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Picture this: kicking back in a waterfall in Akureyri, Iceland. Laugafell is the spot – where the warm meets the cool. It`s a chill time with nature`s own spa. Keep an eye out for dolphins jumping in the ocean!

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Considered as a modern alpine village, Avoriaz is a popular spot for skiers and families. The village is one of the largest stations within Les Portes du Soleil which is a major skisports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

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In search for the best hot springs that will warm us up until the arrival of Spring.

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Located near the Katla volcano in Iceland, the Katla cave features stunning blue ice formations and intricate ice sculptures. It`s a popular destination for guided tours, offering a glimpse into the otherworldly beauty of Iceland`s glacial landscapes.

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Sunsets at Ruby Beach, Washington, are a mesmerizing display of nature`s beauty. The rugged coastline, sea stacks, and driftwood-strewn shore create a dramatic backdrop for the sun`s descent. A serene and picturesque setting, attracting photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Take a dip in this 50 meters long infinity pool at Hotel @krallerhof where you`re surrounded by stunning Austrian Alps.

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