The perfect honeymoon for food and wine lovers. If you define yourself as a foodie or wine connoisseur there are a few amazing places to visit for your honeymoon.
Italy – There are so many great places to see in Italy that you can spend 3 months alone travelling around. If food and wine are your main focus then we highly recommend two regions; Tuscany and Umbria. The best part is that these two regions are easy to explore in a two week trip. You can combine the two cities of Rome and Florence with smaller towns such as Chianti and Montalcino. There are so many options from cooking classes in local villages, wine tours throughout the region, watching the sunset in Cortona, and enjoying gelato from the original source at Gelateria Ghignoni.
Portugal – If you like fresh seafood and diverse taste in wine then Portugal could be the perfect honeymoon spot for you. In the wine world, Portugal is famous as they were the very first wine producing regions in the world. They have a diverse collection of wines from light whites to spicy reads to sweet dessert wines. Not only are they well known for their wine, their cheese selection never disappoints especially in the Lisboa province (Estremadura). For your honeymoon this is the perfect opportunity to spend a few days beachside, a few days touring and a few days enjoying the vineyards of Douro Valley. Great food, great wine, beach, romance, what more could you want!
France – Popularity is continuing to grow for this destination as airlines are flying direct into Paris from many cities in the U.S. When thinking about food and wine there are four destinations in France that come to mind. With only 1-2 weeks for a honeymoon visiting all four is nearly impossible or just wouldn’t be enjoyable. We recommend making Provence a trip of its own or even spending a few days in Paris before heading down to Provence region! Paris is not only a direct flight away from the U.S. but it boosts amazing cuisine and is a must visit for any foodie. The best part is the contrast throughout Paris as you can experience Michelin awarded restaurants or you can find local bakeries, both that leave you equally impressed. The other three regions are Loire Valley, Burgundy and Provence. In Burgundy do not miss the gourmet canal cruises to view the countryside and enjoy the amazing wine in the region. The best of these tours are from 3-6 nights. In Loire Valley there is so much to do from touring medieval castles to cooking classes and wine and cheese tours. Last but not least, the Provence region is located on the Mediterranean Sea and boosts not only memorable cuisine and great wines but also Greek history and small little beach towns. The popularity of this region is growing each year as the boating community is embracing everything Provence has to offer.
St. Martin – This Caribbean island has received the honor of being called the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” and it does not disappoint. With it’s French influence there are amazing bakeries throughout the island that are the perfect start to every morning. This 37 square mile island does an impressive job of blending the Caribbean influence with French cuisine. There are so many different cuisines offered on the island you will run out of time. Always debatable, but Marigot boosts the best bakery Serafina and Grand Case the best restaurant L’Auberge Gourmande. While on island don’t forget to visit Tropicana in Marigot for lunch to experience the escargot with puff pastry appetizer. So much good fun and amazing beaches to fill your days.
Here is an example itinerary for a honeymoon in St. Martin. For those foodies and wine connoisseur’s we can personalize this even more to focus especially on your interests; http://www.hisandhersvacations.com/getaways/white-sands-st-martin/
Napa Valley – This region is located in California and has been known for its wine for ages but it’s food options are growing as the region is becoming more and more popular. For any couple looking for romance Napa is the place to go. There is a feeling of intimacy that surrounds Napa and the world-renowned Vineyards. Based on your personal preferences there are so many different vineyards to visit that focus on a specific type or a few types of wine. You might prefer a small local vineyard while other prefer the more well-known brand names. The hotels in Napa and Sonoma are experts in romance and provide those little things that make a trip memorable from chocolate covered strawberries to wine and cheese picnics. In Frommers; Places for Passion they introduce Napa perfectly when they say “Here, so many ventures are trying to perfect the art of romantic hospitality, fine food, superlative wines, and luxurious living that books could – and have – been written about where to go and what restaurants and wineries to visit.” If you love wine and are looking for romance, don’t look any further!
Valle De Guadalupe, Mexico – This is one location off the beaten path for those true wine lovers. It is located only a couple hours from San Diego, across the border and not yet explored by the masses. There are three great lodging options located in the Valley but it is truly an up and coming tourist area for wine lovers. One look at the Antiresort (Encuentro Guadalupe) and you will realize this is truly a unique experience. It will be an opportunity to step away from your busy life and embrace organic foods and wines. Here’s a great article by Sarah Gilbert on the emergence of the Valle de Guadalupe area;
Bonus; Seabourn Sojourn’s Taste of Mediterranean Food & Wine Cruise:
This trip aboard the Seabourn Sojourn is targeted towards the well travelled individual who enjoys true luxury. The average age aboard a Seabourn cruise is mid 50’s. But if you like Food and Wine, this is an experience not to be missed! 7 Days – Athens to Monaco with celebrity cooking demonstrations, wine presentations by guest Sommelier and visits to the market with local chefs.
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