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Best Once-in-a-Lifetime Meal: Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
If curiosity is what moves us at Martha Stewart Living, it stands to reason that our editors love to travel. We've compiled a short list of the hotels we've fallen in love with during our trips around the country. Our editors return again and again to enjoy the culinary creations at these food-centric destinations.
The granddaddy of locavore hotels has grown its own food, and offered farm tours and cooking classes since the 1990s. But mostly you come here to eat really well -- our food editors still talk about the poached duck egg on grits, gnocchi with guinea-hen confit, and sandwiches of fried pickled green tomato and house-cured bacon.
From $745 per night, blackberryfarm.com
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Best Catch: Nick's Cove, Marshall, California
Looking out from any of these cozy bay-side cottages, you can see your appetizers being hauled in each day: Pacific oysters so good you’ll want to try them every way they’re prepared -- raw, baked, grilled, or barbecued.
From $295 per night, nickscove.com.
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Best Southern Fare: The Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, North Carolina
It’s slow food, Southern style: around since the 1800s, this farmhouse B&B serves classic Southern dishes made from local ingredients,including the ultimate shrimp and grits and hummingbird cake in a cozy farmhouse dining room.
From $139 per night, themastfarminn.com.
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Best Taste of the Wine Country: Carneros Inn, Napa, California
If the cottages with private yards and the vineyard-enclosed grounds aren’t enough of a draw, the three restaurants are. Menus feature the best from local wineries and the flavors of the region from high to low -- duck breast to doughnuts.
From $485 per night, thecarnerosinn.com.
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Best Kitchen: Park Hyatt, Washington, D.C.
An open kitchen with a big wood-burning oven is the centerpiece of the modernist-meets- Shaker-style Blue Duck Tavern. The restaurant's menu reads like an American geography lesson, with every dish -- whether venison or fries -- accompanied by the name of the place and the purveyor it’s from.
From $249 per night, parkwashington.hyatt.com.
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Hotel Havana, San Antonio, Texas
This hotel's clubby, Cuban-inspired bar, Ocho, is one of the locals' favorite places to be, particularly after sunset, when candles are lit and doors opened up to the river. Signature cocktails such as Martinique Punch (made with Clement Creole Shrubb Liquer d'Orange, rum, and brandy) are tropical without being kitschy, and the Pan-Latin wine list impressive.
From $140 per night, havanasanantonio.com.
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Best Destination Restaurant: Willows Inn, Lummi Island, Washington
Guests often book a night at this 20-room inn on this San Juan island just to eat dinner, a three-hour, prix-fixe parade of small plates made with seasonal island ingredients.
From $125 per night, willows-inn.com.
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Best Fried Chicken: The Inn at Serenbe, Palmetto, Georgia
The menu at Farmhouse, a restaurant at this idyllic inn located in a farming community 45 minutes from Atlanta, is ever-changing based on what’s fresh. But one thing never changes (thankfully): Marie’s fried chicken on weekends.
From $130 per night, serenbeinn.com.