Outstanding Picnic Spots
"All-Star Chef Picnic in the Valley of Fire," in the July issue of Food & Wine, showcases great picnic recipes from celebrity chefs who have outposts in Las Vegas, from Todd English to Bradley Ogden. The story was photographed in Nevada's spectacular Valley of Fire State Park, a wonderful picnic spot. Here, other outstanding picnic spots all around America.
AspenWhite River National Forest
Jim Strickbine, the manager of the Butcher's Block store in Aspen, suggests heading up Highway 82 toward Independence Pass; there are great trails along the way. Weller Lake trail is an easy hike, while the Lost Man trail is a bit more strenuous.
Megan Moore, owner of Moore Fine Foods in Lenox, Massachusetts, describes the hamlet of Tyringham as "a community where time stands still." From Tyringham, walk up to the top of Cobble Hill for sweeping views of Tyringham Valley.
BostonThe Banks of the Charles River
Todd English, whose flagship restaurant is in Boston, picnics along the Charles in the city's Back Bay neighborhood during the summer, when you can hear free Boston Pops concerts at the Hatch Shell.
The HamptonsTrout Pond
Merrill Indoe, the manager of Loaves & Fishes in Sagaponack, New York, likes to follow the beautiful trail around Trout Pond in nearby Noyac, New York.
Lake MichiganSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Bradley Ogden of Bradley Ogden in Las Vegas loves picnicking on the beaches here, outside his hometown of Traverse City.
Los AngelesMillard Falls
Sherry Yard of Spago picnics near this secluded 50-foot waterfall, which is in Altadena, 15 miles north of downtown L.A.
New OrleansAudubon Park
Emeril Lagasse of Emeril's New Orleans Fish House Las Vegas likes to picnic under the moss-draped oaks here.
West VirginiaHarpers Ferry Historical National Park
Todd Gray, consulting chef for Market Salamander in Middleburg, Virginia, recommends this wooded park at the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah. The park also touches parts of Virginia and Maryland.