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Published Friday June 27, 2014  


10 Incredibly Fun Food & Wine Vacations

Taking a vacation and exploring your destination through food and drink is a great way to learn an area's culture, character and to make some life long friends at the same time. If you're thinking about a culinary experience this summer, here are just a few U.S. cities who are hosting some of the most anticipated food and wine events in July, August, and September and beyond.

Whether you'll be traveling by boat, plane, train, or automobile, pick a gourmet adventure that will sate your appetite. Bon Appétit!

1. Tales of the Cocktail | New Orleans, LA
  • July 16 - 20, 2014
  • Nowhere in the U.S. has the same "cocktail culture" as New Orleans. This five day event in The Big Easy is a celebration of mixology and runs at the same time as Tales Restaurant Week, bringing together the spirits community, dining, events, and more.

2. Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival | Atlantic City, NJ
  • July 25 - 27, 2014
  • New Jersey's own Martha Stewart is hosting a Burger bash at Caesars Beach Tent, while renowned Chef Marcus Samuelsson leads a New England Clam Bake on Bally's Beach. Chef Robert Irvine will also be in attendance at the shoreline's Southern Blues Festival. Don't forget to take a walk down the boardwalk!

3. Vine Time Wine Getaway | Long Island, NY
  • July 16 - 18, 2014
    August 12 - 15, 2014
    September 12 - 14, 2014
    October 24 - 26, 2014
    October 31 - November 2, 2014
  • Experience the luxury of North Fork Wine and Long Island Wine Country with this two-night package that includes tours of four wineries, 3 gourmet meals each day, and intimate accommodations. Check availability on above selected dates.

4. Bon Appétit Grub Crawl | Park City, UT
  • August 16, 2014
  • Coming off a successful run in New York, Bon Appétit Magazine's Grub Crawl is headed for Park City, Utah. Enjoy the beauty of an alpine wonderland along with some of the most celebrated kitchens in the industry. The Grub Crawl continues to Nashville on October 25, and San Francisco on November 8.

  • August 21 - 24, 2014
  • LA's Food & Wine extravaganza throws world-renowned chefs in competition with one another, and crowd-goers reap the delicious benefits. The sprawling festival has events in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Downtown, and a lineup including Anthony Giglio, Justin Chapple, Masaharu Morimoto, Graham Elliot.

  • August 29 - 31, 2014
  • The best way to spend Labor Day weekend is with three days of amazing wine and food in Sonoma County. Featuring over 200 of Sonoma's top winemakers and growers, plus fabulous chefs, your taste of Sonoma is sure to be savory!

7. GrapeFest | Grapevine, TX
  • September 11 - 14, 2014
  • The largest wine festival in the Southwest takes place in the "headquarters of the Texas Wine Industry", historic downtown Grapevine. GrapeFest boasts a GrapeStomp, Champagne Terrace, Culinary Pavilion, Golf & Tennis Classics, live entertainment, and more.

  • September 19 - 21, 2014
  • Newport, RI offers a grand weekend of tastings on the lawn of marble House, celebrity chefs, wine experts, seminars, gala celebrations, brunches and dinners, and the glamorous Newport After Dark party. An experience not to be missed!

  • September 19 - November 10, 2014
  • Epcot invites you to a food and wine lovers paradise. This cultural hub's culinary festival is complete with 30 World Showcase Marketplace tasting booths, 46 days of special events, concerts, marathons, celebrity chefs and of course, an unforgettable experience.

10. Greenwich Wine + Food Festival | Greenwich, CT
  • September 25 - 27, 2014
  • Greenwich is transformed into a culinary village with gourmet tastings, a BBQ pit, burger battles, concert stage, and celebrity chef demo tents, all on the menu. And Fairfield county is on the coast so boaters have great places to fish and explore the fantastic views of Long island Sound with the family.

There's nothing like a vacation that blends travel and great food. Everyone knows that calories don't count when you're away from home. (So we've been told.) Enjoy your culinary travels wherever you go and drop us a line or two about your experience. We love the art of travel and food. Some of our favorite meals have been fresh from the sea, to the galley, to the table. Cheers to all of our yacht chefs and your contribution to great dining too!

Published Thursday June 05, 2014  


You Deserve a Break This Weekend!

Escape the hustle and bustle of car horns and deadlines with a spontaneous trip to your favorite beach, island, or home away from home. Check out these fun, savory spots to enjoy a little R&R with family and friends.

1. San Juan Islands, WA

An astounding 172 islands make this archipelago off of Washington's coast the most diverse boating destination in the Northwest. Terrain varies between islands, ranging from hills to sandy and rocky beaches alike. The islands take pride in their wildlife, and exclusive to San Juan Island is the opportunity to go Orca (killer whale) watching. Sailing, hiking, biking, and zip-lining are also popular endeavors.

2. Galveston Island, TX

Situated along the upper coast of Texas, this port city is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and is made up of 30 miles of beaches. Galveston is a certified cultural hub with 14 museums, 20 art galleries, and some of the freshest seafood on the planet. Galveston is also home to Moody Gardens - an amusement park style entertainment complex complete with movies, live music, animals, and a rope course. 

3. Catalina Island, CA

This self-titled "island of romance" off the coast of L.A. is only 22 miles long, making it feel truly intimate. Zip-lining, snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking, hiking, and paddle boarding are just a few of the activities available to both couples and families. After hours, Catalina also has casinos and a variety of dining options.

4. Sea Island, GA

This island is one of four that makes up the Golden Isles of Georgia, and is most famous for its two world renowned resorts: the Cloister on Sea Island and The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club. Both are Forbes 5-Star properties, and exceptional for golf enthusiasts (the Seaside Course is even home to the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic).

5. Cabo San Lucas, Baja CA

Located at the Southern tip of Baja California Sur, Cabo San Lucas boasts "360 days of sunny weather" with a unique terrain consisting of deserts, mountains, and gorgeous beaches. Visitors enjoy sport fishing, water expeditions, golf, spas, wine tasting, shopping, and bars, making it the perfect blend of ecotourism and active nightlife.

6. Bahamas Out Islands, Bahamas

Comprised of 14 inhabited islands, the Out Islands of the Bahamas are perfect for those looking to enjoy the classic Caribbean experience. Each of these islands is a picture perfect scene complete with friendly locals, water sports, and fishing.

7. Florida's West Coast, SW FL

Captiva, Sanibel, Lovers Key, and Keewaydin Island are just a handful of the beautiful beaches and boating areas that line Florida's West coast. These tropical paradises feel more laid-back and residential than a traditional vacation spot, giving you the true taste of the island lifestyle.

8. Florida Keys, FL

Continuing down the Gulf of Mexico will lead you straight into the Florida Keys. These islands are notorious boating destinations and what mariners' dreams are made of. Time slows in the Keys, where drinking is sport and fishing is an occupation. Each of the five islands has a different atmosphere, with Key West being the most lively final stop. 

Marcali Yacht invites you to share your favorite weekend getaway destinations to be featured in future publications throughout the summer. We look forward to hearing from you!


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