Don’t judge us, but, we’d travel just about anywhere for a good meal. So it’s a no-brainer when that travel leads us to an amazing independent hotel with an incredible restaurant or a vibrant neighborhood that has a stellar culinary scene. And this list of 14 hotels is just that. Let’s get out there and have some good food, shall we?
BEACON HILL HOTEL & BISTRO | Boston, MA
On-site Restaurant: The Beacon Hill Bistro. Offering French-ish fare (breakfast, lunch, dinner) with a priority on local, organic, seasonal ingredients.
HOTEL ÄNDRA | Seattle, WA
On-site Restaurant: Lola. Run by Tom Douglas, an award-winning Seattle chef famous for his cookbooks and restaurants. The menu marries classic Greek flavors with Northwest ingredients: try Washington King Salmon with Tender Herbs and Marcona Almonds.
KINZIE HOTEL | Chicago, IL
Neighborhood: Chicago. Famous for it’s deep-dish pizza and Chicago-dog, but there is so much more than that. Discover what outsiders and locals call “soul-warming hearty comfort food” in the Windy City.
THE ESSEX, VERMONT’S CULINARY RESORT & SPA | Essex, VT
On-site Restaurants: Junction and Tavern. With views of the open kitchen, Junction offers a warm dining experience with organic cuisine. Tavern hosts a casual pub fare menu with with a Vermont foodie twist.
HENRY HOWARD HOTEL | New Orleans, LA
Neighborhood: New Orleans. From Gumbo to Beignets, Crawfish to Jambalaya, and Po-boys to Bananas Foster, this city has more local (delicious) cuisine than we can handle.
CONDOR HOTEL | Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Brooklyn. Tour this trendy neighborhood grabbing local bites along the way including a Steak from Peter Lugar, Junior’s Cheesecake at Junior’s Restaurant, Egg Cream at The Brooklyn Farmacy, and a Rainbow Bagel at The Bagel Store.
RIVER’S EDGE HOTEL | Portland, OR
Neighborhood: Portland. The foodie city of the West Coast, this wonderfully-weird little city offers a wide variety of amazing cuisine but you’ll want to leave room for a few local micro-brews.
MAINE STAY INN & COTTAGES | Kennebunkport, ME
Neighborhood: Kennebunkport. It’s Maine, so you can already guess what we’re going to say… lobster, lobster, lobster. Next question.
STONEHURST PLACE | Atlanta, GA
On-site Restaurant: Stonehurst Place. Yes, this is a B&B (and the best in Atlanta) — so you can bet the breakfast is stand-out. The innkeeper whips up a gourmet breakfast every morning: green chili egg puffs, peach crêpes, and fresh scones make regular appearances on the menu. Tea and coffee, fresh fruit and goodies like homemade chocolate cake and caramel shortbread bars are available all day, free of charge.
THE BIRCHWOOD | St. Petersburg, FL
On-site Restaurant: Birch & Vine. This Wine Spectator Award winning restaurant brings destination dining to your (hotel) doorstep. The atmosphere is like dining in a beautifully kept indoor garden, and the food is compelling on paper and perfection on the plate.
HOTEL GRIFFON | San Francisco, CA
On-site Restaurant: Perry’s on the Embarcadero. This local gem serves modern American cuisine (Ahi Tacos, Filet Mignon) while also serving amazing views of the Bay Bridge.
HOTEL E | Santa Rosa, CA
Neighborhood: Sonoma Wine Country. Aside from the incredible local wine selection (which by itself is good enough for us), you’ll find a number of swanky bistros and farm-to-fork eateries.
CEDARBROOK LODGE | Seattle, WA
On-site Restaurant: Copperleaf Restaurant. Executive Chef Mark Bodinet trained at the French Laundry, and grows greens in the on-site garden. You’ll enjoy dishes of Painted Hills Natural Beef, Snake River Farms pork, organic local produce, and fair-trade chocolate.
RELUCTANT PANTHER INN AND RESTAURANT | Manchester, VT
On-site Restaurant: The Reluctant Panther Restaurant. The Main Dining Room has won many awards for it’s sophisticated menu founded on superb produce from local farms. Here you’ll find seasonable and sustainable cuisine, the best that Vermont has to offer.
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