Bon Appetit editors named their “10 Best Food Lover’s Hotels in America", narrowing the choices using a few criteria that may surprise you.
Rather than using the most celebrated chefs and their top ranked hotel eateries in places like Las Vegas, the magazine chose places that source their ingredients locally.
As Forbes magazine noted in its review:
"If I lived in Parma, Italy I’d happily eat local ingredients all day long, but living in the U.S., I’d still much rather eat real Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma (or jamon iberico from Spain or Port from Portugal) than somebody’s (almost always) inferior imitation made here."
In fact, the city or locale of the hotel is viewed as somewhat secondary to the dining experience while staying there.
The trick in using the list is to understand that in the opinion of Bon Appetit, the restaurants along with the accommodations at the hotels on its top ten list are destinations in and to themselves.
They may not be located in cities or areas of the U.S. you ever thought to stay, but if you do then reservations at the hotels named are a must.
As the editors at the magazine wrote, "...all of them place unparalleled focus on making sure their clientele eats and drinks remarkably well."
1. Blackberry Farm, TN
At the base of the Smoky Mountains, the Southern cuisine is top notch.
2. Ace Hotels
Currently the Ace chain has locations in Palm Springs, CA, Manhattan and Portland Oregon.
3. Willows Inn, WA
A tasting menu that Bon Appetit editors call "electrifying, locally sourced" awaits.
4. Dunton Hot Springs, CO
Local trout is one of the editors' choices at this resort near Telluride.
5. Nebo Lodge, ME
Situated in Penobscot Bay, the inn features the cuisine of chef Amanda Hallowell.
6. Los Poblanos, NM
Breakfast is the meal highlighted in the list, including pork carnitas with eggs.
7. Inn at Palmetto Bluff, SC
Southern cooking gone modern draws guests to the cottages on the property.
8. 21c Museum Hotel, KY
The menu recommendation is the eggplant banh mi, a Vietnamese dish.
9. Manka’s Inverness Lodge, CA
Fireside meals delivered individually are standouts in this Northern California retreat.
10. Longman & Eagle, IL
Situated in the Logan Square section of Chicago, the whiskey seems to be the key.
Catch the other 30 hotels among the 40 nominees, along with photos and full descriptions of the reasons they are on the list at the Bon Appetit website, here.