Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Top Holiday Getaways for a Foodie - Page 2
|The holiday season in Park City, Utah (Photo courtesy of the Park City Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau)|
Park City, Utah
This old silver-mining town is covered with snow, snow, and more snow, which gives you a great excuse to snuggle up and sip on mulled cider by the ski-lodge fireplace. It has been said that Park City has more chefs per capita than Paris, France, and the quaint but slightly funky Main Street is where you’ll find most of the dining hot-spots. Start your evening with a selection of cheese on an aspen slab, and then please your palate with a London broil of elk or pomegranate-glazed pork tenderloin. You can also rejoice in getting a surprisingly good deal, too; according to Orbitz.com, you can find hotels below $100 a night.
Once named Beertown USA, Portland is known for its large number of microbreweries and micro-distilleries. You’re sure to find the country’s best happy hours here, as you drink your way through more than 50 breweries within the city limits. Plus, the Food Network put Portland’s food scene on the map when it was named as a “Delicious Destination” a few years ago. If beer and exquisite food isn’t enough, the area has also become known as a premier coffee destination in the Pacific Northwest. Coffee, beer, and food... that combination could even make the Grinch jolly. The Oregon Zoo also gets in the holiday spirit with its annual Zoolights event that includes more than a million lights and live music, hot chocolate, and other yummy treats. One of the oldest traditions, the Portland Christmas Ship Parade, can be enjoyed while dining on delectable local fare at the many restaurants that line the Columbia and Willamette rivers.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Can’t get enough of the holiday season? Celebrations run from November through mid-January in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where United States citizens don’t even need a passport. Catch a re-enactment of the nativity scene at midnight mass on Christmas Eve, then eat 12 grapes for good luck and party on the streets for New Year’s Eve. Stop by the Winter Wonderland event at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, where snow activities find a short-lived home on the island. And keep an eye out for the SoFo Culinary Festival, when the restaurant community of Old San Juan features lots of food, drinks, and music. Seasonal favorites here include suckling pig, rice with pigeon peas, and yucca and meat wrapped in a banana leaf, all typically served family-style. Before you leave the Caribbean warmth, stop by Bacardi’s distillery in Catano, the largest rum distillery in the world with free tours and a complimentary drink.
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