New England culinary or wine tour

Old Jun 23rd, 2010, 05:53 PM
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New England culinary or wine tour

Looking for some ideas for a 3 days trip to one of the New England states that might include culinary and or wine adventures.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2010, 06:24 PM
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I'm not sure what exactly you're looking for. A DIY tour - like following a wine trail? Or taking guided tours?

I know there are several culinary tours offered in Boston. There are 2 in the Brookline neighborhood (Jewish & Russian): http://www.brooklinetour.com/

Michele Topor gets positive reviews here. Her company offers 2 tours as well: North End (Italian) and Chinatown. http://www.foodtoursofboston.com/

Fodorite dfrostnh took her Chinatown tour and raved about it. She wrote a trip report about that.
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You might google Western Connecticut Wine tours, LItchfield County Wine Tours or some such combo
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...plus Brookfield Connecticut winery or Connecticut Wine Trail
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Thanks so much for your help. I was open to DIY or guided tours. I will check out your suggestions!
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I've also done the North End tour with Michele Topor. Both tours are great. The Chinatown tour was my second and everyone else on the tour had also already been on the North End tour. Both are great.

For NH since that's in your tag: Flag Hill Winery and Distillery (General John Stark vodka) in Lee NH is near Portsmouth NH so makes a good combo. There is also another winery near Portsmouth but we haven't been.
Manchester NH probably has the most variety of ethnic restaurants and groceries, Nashua second. Around noon on Saturdays the Saigon markets get a delivery of fresh food so you can pick up bahn mi sandwiches and other goodies.
Near Nashua is Pickety Place in Mason that serves herbal luncheons. Reservations are a must. It's small and very popular. Very off the beaten path.
Burdick's Chocolate in Walpole.
If it's ice cream season there's a list of best ice cream places on Chowhound. Locally made is preferred. I have my NH favorites but recently found the newly opened Mount Desert Island ice cream shop on Exchange St in Portland which brings MDI ice cream much closer to home. Their flavors are very unusual. I tried Thai Chili which was an interesting peanut satay flavor but didn't care for the unexpected heat. Ended up with Blackstrap Banana which was the bestest banana ice cream I have ever had plus a scoop of another good flavor, salted caramel.
For an adventure, find Sandwich Creamery. You can sit in their garden and share a pint of ice cream. It's near Lake Winnipesaukee but far from the crowds.
If your visit is in Sept that is prime apple month. Gould Hill Orchard in Hopkinton NH is probably the star for antique apple varieties but you'll find some other good orchards around Concord NH. We haven't been to Canterbury Shaker Village is quite awhile. The restaurant has changed again from what I've read.
Hippo Press is a free newspaper that covers the Concord /Manchester /Nashua areas. They always have great info about restaurants and events. http://www.hippopress.com/food.html

Concord's Butters seems to have frequent wine/beer and/or cheese tastings. When I attended both the beer and cheeses were made in NH and had reps explaining their products. Bread and Chocolate also on Main St is a great European style bakery. Across the street is a great natural foods store Concord Food Coop which has a good variety of locally produced products.
Here's a link to NH Made products, click on food and beverages.
http://www.nhmade.com/
If I were up in the Hanover area I would sneak across the river to Norwich VT and King Arthur Flour.

There are a variety of food festivals and tasting events during the year but we generally don't go to them although this year we're trying a rib fest while we happen to be in the area anyway. There are also some occasional cooking classes in different places. Concord NH adult ed has one night classes.
If you check out the links I'm sure you'll find plenty of ideas. If you're not from the area, NH is small. You could stay in Concord or Manchester and do day trips to Portsmouth or Nashua.
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