No need to wait around for room service: These three hotels take guests on food expeditions that conclude with a cooking lesson, a wonderful alfresco meal or both.
Alfresco Dining: Foodie Field Trips
Fly-Fishing. Photo courtesy of The Little Nell
Fly-Fishing: Aspen, CO
Bike Tour: Whistler, Canada
Abalone Harvest: Santa Barbara, CA
Alfresco Dining: Austin
Ox-tongue sliders. Photo © Knoxy.
When you're sitting under a cedar elm amid a sprawl of picnic tables, a meal at Contigo Austin feels like an escape from the city—which is precisely the point. Co-owner Ben Edgerton aims to re-create the spirit of his family's hunting ranch at this small-plates spot in fast-developing East Austin. Our server, a horticulture student with a beet tattoo, suggested an El Pepino (tequila, cucumber water, mint and lime). We followed it with pork pâté, white-bean dip with duck fat and ox-tongue sliders with pickled green tomato. Sleek apartments are going up just blocks away, but Contigo Austin's food and vibe still feel untamed.
Contigo Austin's meat-heavy menu features charcuterie made with chicken, beef, pork and quail from nearby farms.