5 Fall Trips to Try for Foodies
There’s no better way to jumpstart the post-pandemic body than to entice the senses with a tantalizing venue of local food and drink. Many tour operators are upping the ante this autumn by not only bringing you to scenic locales like the Dolomites and the Douro River, but enhancing the excitement by adding hosts like a Michelin-starred chef or wine expert.

These are the trips that have us salivating:
Dolomites and Lake Garda Chef on Wheels
Bike Tour with DuVine
Andy Levine’s love of topnotch restaurants, the finest wine, and memorable bike routes spurred him on to create DuVine Cycling decades ago. After all, his motto is “Bike, Eat, Drink, Sleep.” This is certainly true of this September 6-day jaunt in northern Italy with Michelin-starred chef Stefano Righetti.

Raised in the mountains above Lake Garda, Righetti rose to prominence at Lake Garda’s acclaimed Vecchia Malcesine. Bike on a traffic-free network of local bike paths, crossing three regions from the Italian Alps to Lake Garda, and stop at Righetti’s favorite local wineries, farms, and food suppliers along the way. Actually, you’ll go one step further by foraging for wild ingredients and then preparing a sunset dinner in an alpine chalet with Righetti. If you want to start traveling again with gusto, this is a great way to begin!
Lima, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley
with Abercrombie & Kent
One of my last trips before travel came to a screeching halt was this gem of an 8-day jaunt with A&K to Peru October 2019.
I would spend my first day in the Lima neighborhood of Barranco, known for its art museums, artisanal stores, and top-tier restaurants. That night I would dine on charred octopus and fresh tuna, washed down with powerful Pisco sours at a local favorite, Amoramar. Our next stop was Sacred Valley and the highly recommended property, Sol y Luna (pictured above). Our group of 18 met in a ranch-style setting for cocktail hour and then a sublime dinner, worthy of the property’s Relais and Chateaux rating. We started with Pisco mojitos, created with the sweet local mint grown in these parts. Then we dined on trout carpaccio and beef tenderloin, finishing with a dessert of tres leches. Lunch aboard the PeruRail Sacred Valley, a 2-hour train ride inspired by the Orient Express, soon led us to our room that night at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only property overlooking majestic Machu Picchu. Finally, we ended with more fresh fish at a sushi joint in Cuzco. Fantastic sights, fantastic food, all at Peru’s finest properties. A&K hopes to return to the country in mid-August and offer trips throughout September and October.
Douro River Wine Cruise
with AmaWaterways
Steve Chapin, owner and winemaker at California’s Chapin Vineyards, will be your host of AmaWaterways last cruise of 2021 on the Douro River November 9-16.
Expect temperatures to reach the mid-60s as you cruise through the heart of the Port Wine country on the 102-passenger AmaVida. The 7-night cruise starts and ends in Porto and with an option for a 3-night pre-cruise in Lisbon starting November 6th. Stop to sample wines at historic vineyards that cling precariously to the cliffs of the Douro River Valley. Other highlights include Regua, the main hub of the Douro Valley, and Salamanca, the UNESCO-designated “Golden City.” Book now with AmaWaterways and you’ll have the flexibility to change your sailing date up to 48 hours prior to the start of your journey and reschedule your cruise with no change fees to any river cruise sailing through 2023.
Charleston and Savannah
Multi-Adventure Tour with Backroads

You’ll spend the first two nights at the lone Montage property on the East Coast, Palmetto Bluff, about a 30-minute drive from Savannah. After biking through a tunnel of ancient oak trees as you enter Wormsloe State Historic Park for a grand Backroads picnic, return to Palmetto Bluff for local May River Oysters served during Happy Hour. The trip continues to the charming seaside town of Beaufort, best known for its well-preserved antebellum architecture, before ending in Charleston, where you have a free night to dine with your new friends at a slew of excellent restaurants (we’ll certainly give you our picks). Expect the best of low-country fare like fried oysters, seared scallops and grits, roasted grouper, and succulent chicken from a spit.
Rockies to the Red Rocks Rail Journey
with Rocky Mountaineer
You certainly won’t go hungry on the American debut of the Rocky Mountaineer this August. A multi-course breakfast and lunch are served on board, with each meal featuring local ingredients and libations from Colorado. The Rockies to the Red Rocks route will be a two-day rail journey between Denver and Moab, Utah, with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The train will ride alongside the Colorado River, passing through steep rock canyons and breathtaking desert scenes along the way. Like the existing Canadian routes, Rocky Mountaineer’s American option will offer passengers entertaining storytelling, jaw-dropping scenery, and high-end service in their custom-designed glass-dome coaches. The route will launch with 40 departures across 10 weeks from August 15 to October 23, 2021. 
Contact ActiveTravels now to book one of these foodie trips. If food is not your vibe, we can find you just the right trip for your interests. Reach out and let us help you explore the world or just beyond your doorstep.
Quick Escape: Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe, Vermont
With Vermont now allowing vaccinated out-of-state travelers to arrive without quarantine, Lisa, our son, Jake, puppy Theo, and I decided to hit the road for two nights prior to Memorial Day Weekend. First stop was the acclaimed Hill Farmstead Brewery, known for their exceptional pale ale found only at their farm in Greensboro. We pre-ordered the beer, drove two miles down dirt roads without signage to arrive at a 7th-generation farmstead. A woman popped out, plopped the tray in the trunk, and off we went to nearby Willey General Store to pick up some Jasper Hill Cheese, also made in Greensboro. Then we drove another hour south to arrive at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.
Once we drove up the hillside and saw the surrounding mountains, you couldn’t help but breathe deeply. Surrounded by fields of green, this is the soothing remedy my mind and body yearn for post-pandemic. They even have dog-friendly rooms so Theo could venture on his first road trip. We spent the days playing disc golf at Trapp's relatively new course carved through their fields and forests, then hiking at Moss Glen Falls to see the water cascading down. Twice we visited dog-friendly Wiessner Woods to walk deep in the forest and fill our lungs with mountain-crisp oxygen I sorely missed all these months away.
At night, we dined on soft pretzels, bratwurst and schnitzel, washed down with Trapp’s award-winning pilsner and Kolsch at their Bierhall. Then went for a requisite meal at Plate in the village of Stowe, my favorite dining establishment in town and one of the few places I know where you can find a Heady Topper on the drink menu. Of course, we stocked up on Heady Topper and Focal Banger at The Alchemist before leaving. Our fridge is now happily filled with craft beer and artisanal cheese. And yes, that Edward and Citra Single Hop IPA found at Hill Farmstead was well worth the detour to get there.
Interested in visiting Stowe, Vermont? Please let ActiveTravels know and we’ll set you up!
89 Roundwood Road,
Newton, MA 02464