UPDATED: Throughout the year, food lovers can visit hot spots across America celebrating the bounty of the land. Local chefs pair the best of fresh flavors, mirroring the public’s interest in knowing their food. A Taste Of This, A Bite Of That, the name of the event doesn’t matter. Each represents community wide gatherings for friends, family, neighbors and visitors to come together and sample simple, small plates of ingredients collected from the land and sea. There are an estimated 8,300 food and wine festivals world wide. New England summer food festivals celebrate the seafood this area is known for as well as other special ingredients.
Tall Ships SailBoston 2017. The beauty and majesty of more than fifty tall ships cruised into Boston Harbor for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta this weekend. Years of planning went into the organization of this event with the cooperation of sailors, embassies, associations and governments from around the world..
New Englanders have been a patient bunch this year awaiting the warmer temperatures and good beach weather. If you’re looking to kick of the summer season in seafaring style, head to the second annual LAUNCH!, a Maritime Festival in Maine, June 15-18th.
Celebrating the rich coastal history of the area, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel will be filled with activities dating back to the 1600’s mixed with a modern twist.
Glamping in Maine
If you dream of sleeping under the stars but dislike basic camping conditions then there’s a new and exciting alternative arriving on the scene. Glamping or glamorous camping is taking countries by storm and is an increasingly popular way to spend a vacation. New sites are opening all the time and feature exotically draped tents, comfortable bedding, and good bathrooms. This summer, Maine glamping with Sandy Pines will be as popular with romantic weekenders as it is with families. You’ll find a great eco friendly way to connect with the outdoors in comfort.
Glamping at Sandy Pines photo ©Douglas Merriam
For many travelers, enjoying local food is a key ingredient to a great trip. Not surprisingly, this is one of the most asked about topics when I talk to people about my trip to China with Viking River.
Culinary tourism has exploded in recent years and there is no denying the connection between the pleasure of eating and learning about a country’s customs or connecting over a meal. I like to scratch beneath the surface of a culture by visiting markets, tasting what’s grown in the region and breaking bread, or in this case dumplings, with a local resident.