It’s no secret travelers like to eat. In fact, a main reason why people travel is to sample a region’s unique cuisine. Tracking that food to the source, though, has become even more popular. The growing Agritourism movement — when people travel to a region to visit farms and ranches —gives travelers the experience to find out where food comes from while directly sustaining local farmers.
For instance, in Maui, Hawaii, the appeal of this tropical island now extends beyond white-sand beaches and 5-star resorts. With the help of Hawaii’s Agritourism Association, visitors are able to visit an array of unique farms scattered throughout the island.
In lush upcountry Maui lies Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm on the slopes of Haleakala volcano. At 4,000 feet elevation, visitors can stroll amongst soothing lavender fields while enjoying crisp, mountain air.
Could there be a more whimsical name for Surfing Goat Dairy, a gourmet goat cheese-producing farm in lower Kula? Guests can take a tour or even participate in farm chores and milking duties. Not every day offers a chance to milk a goat in Maui.
Sleeping amongst a grove of coconut, mango and avocado trees might be one of the best ways to relax. At Haiku Plantation Inn Bed and Breakfast, guests are invited to take a step back into “old” Hawaii and sample some of the best bounty the land has to offer like bananas, papayas and herbal teas.
If you’re curious about where that amazing bed of wild arugula on your dinner plate grew, a visit to Evonuk Farms won’t disappoint. This farm is where gourmet chefs do their herb shopping and produces more than 25 herbs like thyme, oregano, basil, dill and sage.
The Bwindi Field Tent is one of the most formidable tents for international travelers. Designed to provide safety for travelers and field researchers in remote locations, the tent provides comfort for up to three people at a time. When not used for sleeping, it can convert into a mosquito net to help cover your bed.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Start your day in Groton, Massachusetts, just a short drive outside of Boston, with a late breakfast on Main Street at Salt & Light Cafe. The casual eatery provides loads of light breakfast and lunch options, with lots of gluten-free and health-conscious menu items. A wide array of coffees and teas are available, complemented by the café’s house-made flavor shots. Pastry items and desserts are also a can’t-miss add-on to your meal.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
In a climate as volatile as a desert climate, it can be difficult to know what to pack. Hot days followed by cool nights can have even the most adept traveler struggling with fitting everything into an easy-to-carry day pack. But if a trip to this dry climate is in your future, don’t forget these necessities.