Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival
Pebble Beach, California
April 16–19, 2009
Ticket Packages: from $995 per person; some events carry additional fees. Contact: pebblebeachfoodandwine.com.
Highlights: This lavish culinary celebration gathers about sixty award-winning chefs and 250 top wineries for meals, tastings and demonstrations. Among those scheduled to give lessons are Thomas Keller, Jacques Pépin and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
Golf: Pebble Beach Golf Links
If you ever needed an excuse to make the pilgrimage to the mecca on Monterey, this is it. Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and a stellar caddie program complete the experience. Green Fees: from $495. Contact: pebblebeach.com.
Staying: Lodge at Pebble Beach
A stay in the inimitable Lodge has been described as a religious experience. Request an ocean-view room for panoramas of Stillwater Cove and the eighteenth green. Rooms: from $675 per night. Contact: pebblebeach.com.
Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival
April 16–19, 2009
Tickets: from $45 per person for each event. Contact: texaswineandfood.org.
Highlights: A tribute to the distinct flavors and cooking techniques of the Lone Star State, prepared by chefs from its hottest restaurants. Attend a winery luncheon or stroll through the festival-favorite Big Dog Reds event, sampling bold red wines paired with beefy appetizers.
Golf: Barton Creek
Home to four of the best courses in Texas—two by Fazio, one by Palmer, and one by Coore and Crenshaw. The cliff-hugging Fazio Foothills is the most challenging here. Green Fees: from $115. Contact: bartoncreek.com.
Staying: Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Some of the guest rooms at this hotel, nestled in the rolling hills of Austin, were recently renovated, adding flat-screen TVs and luxe linens. The on-site spa offers an extensive menu. Rooms: from $249 per night. Contact: bartoncreek.com.
Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
June 19–21, 2009
Tickets: before March 15, $1,085 per person for an all-access pass; after March 15, $1,185 per person. Contact: foodandwine.com/classic.
Highlights:Five thousand lucky gastronomes attend the Classic, America’s premier food and wine event. It includes over fifty wine-tasting seminars, food samplings, and demonstrations by Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and other award-winning chefs.
Golf: Roaring Fork Club
This private Jack Nicklaus design, open to guests staying at the club, plays alongside the rushing waters of the Roaring Fork River and Spring Creek. Precise approach shots are required. Green Fee: $250. Contact: roaringforkclub.com.
Staying: Roaring Fork Club
Fifteen miles from Aspen, this normally private sanctuary is renting three-bedroom cabins, some with fairway views, for the event. A free shuttle will run to and from the Classic. Cabins: from $1,595 per night. Contact: roaringforkclub.com.