Everyone enjoys a good meal while traveling, but for some, good food and fine wines are the focal point of their trips. Consider these food-and-wine-oriented trips.
The Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, N.H., has four events remaining in its 2008 Chefs Invitational Series, in which acclaimed chefs present their handiwork. The prix fixe dinners with wines are $85 each, which means that about $400 will get you a room and a special dinner for two. The dates and chefs are: Aug. 14, Kurtis Jantz of Neomi's at Trump International Hotel in Miami; Sept. 18, Donald Link of Cochon and Herbsaint in New Orleans; Oct. 16, Matthew Levin of LaCroix at the Rittenhouse in Philadelphia; and Nov. 14, Lorenzo Polegri of Zeppelin in Orvieto, Italy.
Visit bedfordvillageinn.com, where you can find the event menus, or call 800-852-1166 or 603-472-2001.
For those considering a "staycation," Boston Restaurant Week is Aug. 10-15 and 17-22, when the more than 180 participating restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and beyond will serve up three-course lunches for $20.08 and dinners for $33.08. The menus will also be featured in packages at the Hilton Boston Back Bay and Doubletree Guest Suites Boston. Included are an overnight stay and the Restaurant Week menu, both for two, starting at $326 a night.
Call Doubletree at 800-222-TREE (8733) and mention rate code L-RWK or the Hilton Boston Back Bay at 800-HILTONS (4458-667) mention code OY. (Guests must make their own dinner reservations at least 48 hours before arrival.)
For Restaurant Week information, visit bostonusa.com.
The third annual Nantucket Restaurant Week, meanwhile, takes place Sept. 29-Oct. 5, with three-course meals being offered at $20 and $45 at more than 20 participating restaurants. There are travel and lodging offers as well.
In Orlando, Fla., where the dining scene has improved greatly in recent years, September is Magical Dining Month. Participating restaurants will offer three-course dinners for $19 or $29. Also in the area, the 13th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be held at Walt Disney World Sept. 26-Nov. 9. Entrance is included with park admission, although there is a $2-$5 charge to sample some dishes.
Sailing round-trip from France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, Peter Deilmann Cruises' 140-passenger MV Princesse de Provence will hold nine-day wine-themed cruise-tours in August, September, and October. The ship will sail on the Rhône and Saône rivers, visiting cities, vineyards, and wineries, with local specialists as hosts. Fares range from $2,370-$3,215, and departure dates are Aug. 29, Sept. 26, and Oct. 17. Guests can extend their cruise with two-night add-ons to Bordeaux, $399; Strasbourg, $399; and Paris, $649, with transfers, breakfast daily, and sightseeing that includes tastings.
Visit deilmann-cruises.com/tours or call 800-348-8287.
When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Richard P. Carpenter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correction: Because of a reporting error, the Real Deals column in Sunday's Travel section listed incorrect dates for Boston Restaurant Week. The correct dates are Aug. 10-15 and Aug. 17-22.