Five Summer Food Getaways

If you have a long weekend this summer, try taking a summer food getaway. There are a lot of great regions and towns around the country that are hopefully only a short drive away. Here are a few ideas of place to check out for a fun food getaway.

Rhinebeck, New York -Rhinebeck is a beautiful, quaint town about two hours north of New York City in the Hudson Valley. The Village of Rhinebeck, which is considered the main part of the larger Town of Rhinebeck, has a rich history dating back to 1686 and an equally rich food culture. This area in the Hudson Valley is home to many small farms and the deliciously fresh and simple food that comes from those local farms. Neighboring towns like Red Hook and Cold Spring also have a number of restaurants and farms, so you'll have plenty of choices in the close-knit area. Check out the Local restaurant, the "Historic" Village Diner (one of the oldest diners in the country), the Breezy Hill farm, and the Bread Alone Bakery for a taste of the area.

Camden, Maine - If you want to getaway to the northeast tip of the country, check out Camden, Maine, a popular summer community on the southern coast of the state. A state known for its lobsters and blueberries is definitely the kind of place you want to visit in the summer for a real taste of fresh New England cooking. Also, the area has a lot of great organic and heirloom produce, rare-breed livestock, artisan cheeses that you don't want to miss during your summer getaway. Besides grabbing a lobster roll at one of great seaside lobster shacks, restaurants like Francine Bistro, Lily Bistro, Natalie's at Camden Harbor Inn, and Primo and In Good Company, both in nearby Rockland, are considered by many to be worth a visit.

Sebastopol, California - A little over an hour north of San Francisco, Sebastopol is a city known for its small town charm and delicious food. Once a primarily plum and apple growing region, the area has become predominated by wine grapes and vineyards. But the city is still proud of those apples and hosts the annual Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Apple Fair. And because it is centrally located in Sonoma Country, visitors will have access to all the neighboring towns and food their fresh California produce. You won't have to go too far to get great food. Restaurants like Della Fattoria, K&L Bistro, Patisserie Angelica, Willow Wood Market Cafe, and Andy's Produce Markets are among the often-talked about hot-spots in Sebastopol.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming - A large valley in Wyoming near the border of Idaho, Jackson Hole is a popular summer and winter vacation destination with its rugged mountains and sweeping plains. For the down-home and hearty, try Norah's Fish Creek Inn is known for its fresh trout and great huevos rancheros. For authentic Mexican, try Pica's Mexican Taqueria (voted one of the best taco spots by Food & Wine), or for American food there is Cafe Genevieve and the local-favorite Bubba's Barbecue. Before a long day of hiking or horseback riding in Jackson Hole, make sure to explore this great food city.

El Paso, Texas - Although El Paso might not sound like a weekend getaway place, it's a great city, centrally located in the Southern U.S. with delicious food. The city of El Paso lies on the western tip of Texas, right next to the Mexican border, which means it's an ideal destination for great Mexican and Tex-Mex food. There are many restaurants that will serve up typical Mexican fare like tacos, burritos, and enchiladas, so bring an appetite for south of the border cooking. Places like Kiki's Restaurant and Bar, L & J Cafe, the Edge of Texas Steakhouse and Saloon, and the Star Canyon Winery are just a few of the many places worth a visit on a trip to old Texas town of El Paso.

Where are your favorite food spots in the US?