Glamping and Smokologists With Cakebread Cellars

Grilling in the Outdoors

Grilling in the Outdoors

Glamping and smokologists? Yes, you heard it here. Frontiers Travel has just announced the Montana Master Grillers Memorial Day Weekend at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana. Guests will join Cakebread Cellars, one of the most successful and respected wineries in America, May 23 – 26, 2014 for a weekend of glamping, wine, beer and bourbon tastings, fly fishing, grilling by professional Pit Masters and Smokologists, and luxury accommodations at one of Montana’s finest luxury guest ranches.

So saddle up and get your swig and squeal on!

Fancy Feeling Like a City Slicker?

Fancy Feeling Like a City Slicker?

Montana Master Grillers is a seamless blend of fine wines, spirits, beers, exquisite grilled cuisine, stunning outdoor-dining settings and unforgettable wilderness adventures experienced with an intimacy that affords one-on-one interaction with some of the finest chefs, smokologists, winemakers, brewers and distillers in America. The event will feature lunches and dinners prepared by world-class chefs who specialize in grilling and BBQ cooking. The finest wine, whiskey, bourbon and specialty beer providers will be pairing their offerings with the featured and guest chefs’ flame-kissed fare.

This Is What Upscale in the Outdoors Looks Like

This Is What Upscale in the Outdoors Looks Like

At the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies Paws Up, a 50-room, luxury ranch resort tucked into the Rocky Mountains. Guests can horseback ride, fly fish, and experience a world-class spa all under the Big Sky. Couple impeccable amenities with some of the world’s finest chefs, smokologists, winemakers, brewers and distillers, and guests will leave agreeing that Montana really is “the last best place”.

Paws Up Resort

Paws Up Resort, Montana

Frontiers Travel has in-depth knowledge of Missoula, MT and the surrounding areas. This weekend affords the perfect opportunity to explore neighboring ghost towns and Glacier National Park.

Starts @$2,778/person and includes luxury accommodations, daily meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

http://www.frontiersej.com/public/elegantJourneys/6/sitenews/441-Join_Cakebread_Cellars_at_the_Resort_at_Paws_Up

All photos (c) Paws Up

San Luis Obispo County’s Restaurant Month

Dining in Cambria

Dining in Cambria

Greet the New Year with exceptional eats at a great price. San Luis Obispo County, CA is celebrating Restaurant Month, January 1-31, 2014 with more than 35 participating Central Coast restaurants from Cambria to Arroyo Grande will feature special menus, most offering a three-course, prix fixe meal, for just $30 per person, along with award-winning local wine pairings for an additional charge.

Cambria

In Vino Veritas!

For those en route to the quaint, picturesque village of Cambria, both Black Cat Bistro and Robin’s Restaurant will be participating. The perfect setting to ponder thoughtful New Year’s resolutions, Cambria offers a peaceful, off-the-grid getaway, complete with fantastic cuisine, boutique shopping and a host of outdoor adventures.

Travelers in town for Restaurant Month can follow up their fantastic meals with an equally indulgent ocean view vacation at the Cambria Inns collection, which offers comfortable oceanfront accommodations at a variety of price points. Situated along beautiful Moonstone Beach, the collection includes the economical and family-friendly Castle Inn; the luxurious Blue Dolphin Inn; the warm and welcoming Sand Pebbles Inn; and the private Moonstone Cottages.

Foodies will also enjoy the Cambria Inns complimentary breakfast offerings, which range, according to property, from the simple and satisfying Continental to a fresh waffle bar to a gourmet Picnic Breakfast to Go.  The hotels are situated off iconic California Highway 1 and offer convenient access to a bounty of area activities, from Hearst Castle to the acclaimed Paso Robles wine region.

www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/restaurant-month

www.cambriainns.com

Just Opened! Como’s Point Yamu in Phuket, Thailand

Point Yamu by COMO

Point Yamu by COMO

One of our luxe favorites, COMO Hotels and Resorts’, has just opened another sweet property. Personalized luxury travel is what COMO is all about: Urban Hotels, Island Resorts, Adventure Retreats and Wellness Resorts all highlight wellness, cuisine, adventure and culture, service and design – while always upholding a sustainable approach towards the people and places where they operate. Founded by Christina Ong, COMO Hotels and Resorts develops and manages handpicked, individually curated properties like The Halkin by COMO in London, two Metropolitan by COMO hotels in London and Bangkok, Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island by COMO in the Maldives, and three Uma by COMO experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan.

A rendering of Point Yamu's Italian Restaurant, La Serena

A rendering of Point Yamu’s Italian Restaurant, La Sirena

Enter their 106-room resort, Point Yamu by COMO. The property, on the coast of the island of Phuket, Thailand, has COMO’s classic stunning interiors, this time by famed Italian designer and architect, Paola Navone. New to the hotel world, Ms. Navone designed Point Yamu with deep, bold colors, clean lines, and a myriad of textural elements to combine COMO’s signature style with indigenous designs. Point Yamu is also home to a COMO Shambhala Retreat, a 100-meter infinity swimming pool and infinite views of the turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay. In addition, private residences with access to all Point Yamu’s facilities are also available to purchase for those who want to keep coming back to your own sexy digs.

The bathroom in a suite

The bathroom in a suite

LOCATION

Point Yamu by COMO is located on Cape Yamu, a peaceful peninsula on the east side of Phuket, Thailand. The resort overlooks the limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the Andaman Sea.

CUSINE

Cuisine prepared in a wood-fired oven also plays a star role at Point Yamu. The resort offers everything from relaxed Italian cooking and locally caught seafood at La Sirena to spicy southern Thai cooking at Nahmyaa. Healthy COMO Shambhala Cuisine, designed to maximize energy and wellbeing, can be nibbled at The Central Bar while private dining such as beach picnics and romantic sunset meals can be arranged in-room and at a number of special locations in and near to the resort.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 330-foot swimming pool
  • COMO Shambhala Retreat with eight treatment rooms including one beauty treatment room and yoga studio
  • Pilates and Asian-inspired therapies
  • Italian and Thai restaurants
  • Child-friendly interactive learning area

GETTING THERE

The resort is a quick 25-minute drive from Phuket International Airport. So get thee to serenity.

Rates for a Bay Room begin @ $500/night

 www.comohotels.com/pointyamu

Terre Blanche Named France’s Leading Resort

The Spa at Terre Blanche

The Spa at Terre Blanche

Located in the heart of Provence, just a 30-minute drive from Cannes, Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, a five-star Provençal resort in the heart of the Côte d’Azur, was recently named France’s leading resort of 2013 at the “Oscars” of the travel industry, the World Travel Awards. With 115 suites and villas that feature private terraces, better check this beauty out. Terre Blanche welcomes guests as if they were at home and boasts championship golf courses, a luxurious spa, first-class amenities and top-notch service, in a tranquil countryside oasis.

Faventia, The Restaurant at Terre Blanche

Faventia, The Restaurant at Terre Blanche

Hungry for luxury yet?Rates from 295€ in the low season for two people in a Superior Suite with breakfast included to 14,000€ in the high season for the luxurious Villa Terre Blanche (GASP).

http://en.terre-blanche.com

The Best Food Trucks in America 2013… Hurrah!

Maritnation Mobile Kim Chee Fried Rice

Marination Mobile’s Kim Chi Fried Rice – Seattle

The Daily Meal is back again with 101 Best Food Trucks in America 2013. The ranking, hugely popular last year, shows us that Los Angeles, once again, dominates the list as the best city for food trucks. With 16 food trucks to the city’s name, San Francisco and New York follow close behind with 11 and 10 trucks, respectively. Last year’s victor, Kogi BBQ  (Los Angeles), slipped to #2, while Red Hook Lobster Truck (NYC) grabbed this year’s #1 spot.

Big Gay Ice Cream

Big Gay Ice Cream – NYC

First, a few notes. Only trucks were considered. If it was a trailer, or a cart, if it needed something to pull, drag, push, or carry it, if it wasn’t on at least four wheels and didn’t have the ability to move on its own power from parking ticket to parking spot, it was omitted.

East Side King

East Side King – Austin

Also, this is a list of food trucks. While a few dessert trucks ranked, they were the exceptions. If you just make cupcakes or serve coffee, you’re not a food truck — you’re a cupcake truck, or a coffee truck. That doesn’t mean you’re bad people. Nobody disputes the challenges of creating innovative desserts for mobile distribution, but with rare exception it didn’t seem fair to include trucks serving shaved ice, slushies, and ice cream with those doing full savory menus.These factors eliminated quite a few contenders. Even so, it left at least a good 270 food trucks for consideration. These were judged on three criteria: critical review, social score, and originality.

Mas Tacos

Mas Tacos Por Favor – Nashville

They consulted popular review sites and tallied reviews and critical appraisal. They analyzed trucks’ number of Twitter followers and tallied visibility on Facebook. For originality, they examined menu innovation, concept, concept relative to inception (to wit, Asian tacos have become about as original as truffle oil fries, or a beet and goat cheese salad), and how that all might play into geography.

Although many trucks from their 2012 list are featured here, several of last year’s vendors have either closed or established brick-and-mortar locations. Eliminating them from the competition left significant room for newcomers. In fact, some of this year’s additions ranked highly enough to push out some of last year’s trucks that are still open.

Red Hook Lobster Truck

Red Hook Lobster Truck – NYC

Needless to say, despite everything we know about the country’s best trucks, this list helps us discover more — an impressive, growing legion of amazing people making some terrific food on trucks across America.

1

Red Hook Lobster Truck NYC

2

Kogi BBQ Los Angeles

3

Fojol Brothers Washington D.C.

4

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck NYC
5 The Lime Truck Orange County
6 East Side King Austin
7 Rickshaw Stop San Antonio
8

The Cinnamon Snail

NYC
9

Where Ya At Matt

Seattle
10

Chef Shack

Minneapolis
11

Schnitzel & Things

NYC
12

The Buttermilk Truck

Los Angeles
13

Wafels & Dinges

NYC
14

Grill ‘Em All

Los Angeles
15

Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Boston
16

Marination Mobile

Seattle
17 Guerrilla Street Food St. Louis, MO
18 Bernie’s Burger Bus Houston
19 The Grilled Cheeserie Nashville
20 Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie San Francisco
21 Slidin’ Thru Las Vegas
22 The Grilled Cheese Truck Los Angeles
23 Country Boys/Martinez Taco NYC
24 KOi Fusion Portland
25 Fivetenburger Oakland
26 Fukuburger Truck Las Vegas
27 Korilla BBQ NYC
28 Only Burger Durham, NC
29 Sam’s ChowderMobile San Francisco
30 Mas Tacos Por Favor Nashville
31 Chairman Bao Bun Truck San Francisco
32 Basil Thyme Washington D.C.
33 GourMelt Reno
34 The Peached Tortilla Austin
35 The Eatsie Boys Houston
36 Oh My Gogi! BBQ Houston
37 El Camión Seattle
38 Vizzi Truck Los Angeles
39 Border Grill Los Angeles
40 Seoul Sausage Los Angeles
41 5411 Empanadas Chicago
42 Seabirds Orange County
43 Maximus/Minimus Seattle
44 Food Shark Marfa, Texas
45 Pepe Food Truck Washington D.C.
46 Crepes Bonaparte Anaheim
47 Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers Miami
48 Ms. Cheezious Fresh Made Grilled Cheese Miami
49 Sky’s Gourmet Tacos Los Angeles
50 Clover Food Truck Boston
51 Nom Nom Truck Los Angeles
52 LudoTruck Los Angeles
53 Hapa SF San Francisco
54 KoJa Kitchen San Francisco
55 Dusty Buns Fresno
56 Lobsta Truck Los Angeles
57 Riffs Fine Street Food Nashville
58 Spencer on the Go San Francisco
59 Dim Ssäm à gogo by Sakaya Kitchen Miami
60

Seoul Taco

St. Louis, MO
61

Jogasaki Sushi Burrito Truck

Los Angeles
62

Liba Falafel Truck

San Francisco
63

Baby’s Badass Burgers

Los Angeles
64 Taim Mobile NYC
65 Slap Yo Mama II Los Angeles
66 Red Hook Lobster Pound Washington D.C.
67 Scratch Food Truck Minneapolis
68 Latin Burger and Taco Miami
69 Le Truc San Francisco
70 Senor Sisig San Francisco
71 Komodo Truck Los Angeles
72 DC Slices Washington D.C.
73 India Jones Chow Truck Santa Monica
74 Devilicious San Diego
75 JapaCurry San Francisco
76 Streetza Milwaukee
77 Geechee Island Food Truck Charleston
78 Rito Loco Washington D.C.
79 Easy Slider Dallas
80 Cha Cha Chow St. Louis, MO
81 Lucky Old Souls Philadelphia
82 Souvlaki GR NYC
83 Quiero Arepas Denver
84 Vellee Deli Minneapolis
85 Roti Rolls Charleston
86 Bruno’s GastroTruck Smith Mountain Lake, VA
87 Hodge Podge Cleveland, OH
88 The People’s Pig Portland
89 Hey you Gon Eat or What Austin
90

Fist of Fusion

Los Angeles
91

Coreanos

Houston
92

Luke’s Lobster

NYC
93

The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck

Chicago
94

La Cocinita

New Orleans
95 Rib Whip San Francisco
96 The Flying Stove Wichita, KS
97

Pizza Buds

Nashville
98 Go Gyro Go St. Louis, MO
99 Manna From Heaven Denver
100

Coast 2 Coast LV

Las Vegas
101

Brown Bag Lunch Truck

Chicago

The Best Hostel Food Around the World

Tapas at the Oasis Granada Hostel

Tapas at the Oasis Granada Hostel – Lisbon, Portugal

Our friends at The Daily Meal love to keep us informed on the best of the best when it comes to food around the world. This time, they’ve done a great 20 best hostels around the world for food (since we know hostels can get a bad rap, and most of the time, that reputation isn’t unfounded). If a hostel serves any food at all, the best most backpackers can expect to find is some cheap white bread and bad coffee. For many travelers, this lack of decent food is hardly a point of contention. After all, eating pricey gourmet meals often isn’t an option for those traveling on a budget, and as long as the hostel is well located, safe, and free of bedbug sightings, what more could a backpacker ask for? A lot more, apparently, according to recent research.

Plus Berlin

Plus Berlin All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

A hostel meal will likely never reach the ranks of Michelin-starred dining or compare to the breakfast buffet at the St. Regis. However, some establishments are offering culinary delights such as barbecue, ceviche, poutine, and a burger that even the locals clamor over, and these are just a sampling of some of the excellent dishes found in hostel dining rooms around the world.  

Ceviche at La Hamaca Hostel - San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Ceviche at La Hamaca Hostel – San Pedro Sula, Honduras

For a minimal fee, guests at PLUS Berlin Hostel can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and dinner in the hostel restaurant.  The restaurant’s manager, Diego, is Italian and takes pride in the quality of the food. Options range from pizza and pasta dishes to German specialties. The hostel’s well-stocked bar also serves cocktails to get you ready for a night exploring the neighborhood’s nightclubs.

The Green Tortoise

The Green Tortoise – San Francisco, CA

So what makes a hostel’s food stand above the fray? “Food is part of the cultural experience you get when you visit a foreign country,” explains Andres Poveda Solano, co-owner of Hostel Pangea in Costa Rica, while Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco provides hearty and healthy free breakfast every day of organic oatmeal and fresh fruit, and free dinner three times per week including dishes like pasta primavera and Thai curry.

The Menaggio Youth Hostel's Cooking Classes - Lake Como, Italy

The Menaggio Youth Hostel’s Cooking Classes – Lake Como, Italy

Good food at a hostel enhances the backpacker’s experience. One of the charms of staying in a hostel is the opportunity it offers to meet people from all over the world, and for these hostels, the dining room is one place where the magic happens. Whether you’re enjoying a hearty breakfast on a terrace overlooking the scenic French countryside or participating in a free tour with fellow travelers of a Spanish city’s tapas bars, the food at these top 20 hostels will create memories you won’t quickly forget.

The 20 Best Hotels Around the World For Food

What hostels have you stayed in that had great food?

By Michelle Kiefer

Springtime in Napa

Meadowood Napa Valley

Meadowood Napa Valley

Spring and Summer in the Napa Valley:  the air is fresh and fragrant with blooming wildflowers, vineyards are awash with green buds signaling another growing season, and afternoons are filled with bright abundant sunshine. We can’t wait to hit up our favorite part of California in the coming weeks! From hikes and golf clinics to a new bar at The Restaurant at Meadowood, this season’s happenings are a refreshing spring awakening. 

See

  • The Napa Valley Collects exhibition will showcase work from the region’s private art collectors at The Napa Valley Museum now through the end of May. The exhibition includes significant works sourced from throughout the Napa Valley, many never shown in public including pieces by artists such as Pablo Picasso. 
Golf Digest's Napa Valley Golf School

Golf Digest’s Napa Valley Golf School

Sweat

  • The Land Trust of Napa County offers hikes each weekend now through June. Ranging from low impact observation hikes to more strenuous hikes like Maggies Peak, which offers 360 valley views at the summit. Hikes are complimentary and are based upon availability.
  • The Chardonnay Golf Club has partnered with the Meritage Resort and Spa to offer Golf Digest’s Napa Valley Golf School. The one- or three-day intensive lessons are with a Golf Digest-certified instructor and are available starting at $1,499 per person.

Savor

  • The Restaurant at Meadowood’s new lounge and bar now offers a three-course menu for $90 per person, and “snacks from Chef Christopher Kostow”, a light tasting menu for $20 per person.
Delectable Dining at the Meadowood

Delectable Dining at the Meadowood

Sing (along)

  • The inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley music festival was May 8th-16th and featured over 60 artists and bands, including The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and Zac Brown Band. Over a dozen comedians, including Jim Gaffigan, Demetri Martin, Wyatt Cenak, and Kristen Schaal will provide laughs in between musical sets. Day passes started at $139, multi-day passes at $329. Make a note to put this on your calendar next year.
A room at the Harvest Inn

A room at the Harvest Inn

Stay

  • Embark on a hot air balloon ride with Harvest Inn’s “Up, Up & Away” package.
  • Channel the inner artist at The Meritage Resort and Spa with the “Art of Relaxation” package, which includes an easel, paint, and brushes.  
  • Unwind at the Villagio Inn and Spa with the “Arts in April” package with a VIP Wine Tasting at V Wine Cellar, spa treatments, and a Champagne sabering session.                                                           

For more information about travel to the Napa Valley, including special offers and a full calendar of spring and early summer season events, visit www.visitnapavalley.com