Farm-to-Table Hotels That Let You Eat Off the Land
Sitting down to fresh-baked bread, eggs, cheese, bacon, and jars of homemade jam is heaven anywhere, but there's something that much more special about knowing your breakfast came from the lush Australian forests that surround you. That's exactly the appeal of Foragers, a resort where guests live with pigs, chickens, and ducks. Those looking to dabble in the farm-to-table hotel movement, however, don't need to fly thousands of miles to the Southern Forests down under. These nine hotels offer immersive edible experiences that take dining like a local to the next level.
Snack between golf swings in the West Indies
St. Kitts’ Belle Mont Farm pushes the farm-to-table concept to the max . The 18 holes of their edible golf course were designed in and around tropical farmland and fruit orchards, allowing you to pick as you putt from a mind-boggling variety of fresh produce: 15 different types of bananas grow here . Careful cultivation of these 400 acres, as well as partnerships with neighboring farms, means the hotel can source 90 percent of its provisions on native soil. The bounty is gathered, prepared, and finally served on a scenic 30-foot communal table, family-style, at sunset.
Get fresh eggs delivered to your door in Australia
At Foragers, a unique resort nestled in Australia’s lush Southern Forests, guests live side by side with pigs, chickens, ducks, and the occasional itinerant kangaroo. Each morning, owner Sophie Zalokar delivers a basket of fresh-baked bread, farm eggs, cheese, bacon, and homemade jams, which can be cooked up in your private kitchen.
Top a pizza with just-picked Caribbean chili peppers
Farming in the Caribbean sure has its perks . At Le Soleil d’Or’s 20-acre organic farm perched atop a limestone bluff, you can enjoy a chef-guided tour of the lush grounds without losing sight of the glittering, turquoise sea . The resort’s newest accommodation is a three-room Farm Lodge , complete with a produce-stocked kitchen . Be sure to sign up for a cooking class to grill chili-topped “fra diavolo” pizza in the newly-installed brick oven.
Milk a goat in Colorado
A herd of 16 dairy goats plays the starring role at this 20-acre lodge in central Colorado, aptly dubbed Mountain Goat Lodge. Come for the alpine views; stay for the cheesemaking classes, which cover everything from how to milk a goat to how you can turn said milk into creamy chevre—you’ll even learn the basics of goat husbandry, should you decide to raise one back home.
Pluck sun-ripened mangoes in Nevis
Fond of mangoes? Head to Nevis in July, when a month-long mango festival takes over the entire island. Book a villa at Paradise Beach Resort Nevis where you can pick the juicy fruit straight from the trees , spike it with rum, and roast it in your private kitchen . Better yet, head to the private beach, overgrown with the golden-fleshed prize, and have it made into a cocktail.
Bike through a sea of basil in Mexico
An hour north of Cabo, agriculture surrounds the adults-only, 26-suite Rancho Pescadero. Strawberries, p oblano chiles, tomatoes, fig trees : you name it, it grows here. In January, basil explodes on both sides of the hotel’s bike path —beach cruisers are complimentary for all guests —making for one of the dreamiest rides this side of the Pacific. Fish and lobster, caught nearby, are served in the Garden Restaurant; and the hotel has even begun to grow heirloom corn for their tortillas.
Harvest salt from the California coast
Humble table salt gets the artisanal treatment at southern California’s Terranea Resort, where Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra collects fresh ocean water and leaves it to evaporate in a greenhouse for up to four weeks. The pure granules are sold in the hotel’s cafe in rosemary, Meyer lemon, and herb-infused varieties. Not a salt fan? There are also chef-guided tours of the organic garden, cheesemaking classes, and a colony of 120,000 bees for making honey.
Sit down to lunch with a Belizean farmer
Francis Ford Coppola’s lush Caribbean hideaway, Turtle Inn, is set in a fishing village at the tip of a 26-mile long peninsula. During your stay, you can book a special visit to nearby 2,000-acre Haney Farms, where you’ll walk with proprietor Miss Emma through rows of cashew and papaya trees, stop to gaze at orchids in her garden, and end up in her kitchen for a home-cooked meal.
Sweeten your Sicilian stay with black bee honey
Verdura Resort, an exclusive retreat along Sicily’s southwestern coast, mixes luxury design with simple country pleasures. In addition to an 11-room spa and a 196-foot, double-tiered pool, the onsite organic farm recently began producing its own marmalades—made from the resort’s orange and lemon trees, patè, and four types of Sicilian pesto. For your sweet tooth , there’s also a Sicilian black bee honey.