20 Awesome Foodie Destinations

December 04, 2012

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20 Awesome Winter Foodie Destinations

By Linnea Covington and Zagat Staff
When the whether is miserable where you live, it's time to take an extended absence and hit the road (or the skies) for a little holiday vacay. But just because you're getting out of town doesn't mean you need to deprive yourself of quality eats. We've selected 20 awesome getaways for foodies, around the U.S. and the world. Check them out in the slide show below, and share your thoughts in the comments.


Healdsburg, CA

Why go: The crush of 2012 is a wrap, but there’s still plenty of reasons to visit Sonoma County. The leaves are turning colors, the tasting rooms are less crowded and reservations to get into the restaurants are easier than ever. Winter is the perfect time to visit the county, particularly the tiny, tony town of Healdsburg that includes scores of boutiques, gourmet retailers and wine tasting rooms centered around a public plaza.

What to do: Despite the fact that its most high-profile restaurant, Cyrus, recently closed its doors, the dining scene is as vibrant as ever, with a slew of newcomers such as Campo Fina, Bravas Bar de Tapas, Mateo’s Cocina, Taverna Sofia, Pizzandoand Spoonbar joining the ranks of old-timers such as Dry Creek Kitchen, Ralph’s Bistro and Madrona Manor

Where to stay: The Hotel Healdsburg (owned by Charlie Palmer) and the Leed-certified H2hotel, where Spoon bar is located, are both solid options. 

Photo: Madrona Manor