Where can you discover homes filled with the scent of freshly baked cookies, bottomless bowls of brightly colored candies and grand halls dressed in their finest holiday decorations? If you are still guessing, perhaps you have never been on an inn-to-inn holiday tour. Here’s how it works: you begin your journey at one historic inn, sampling a bevy of sweet treats and pairings of world-class varietals with epicurean dishes while basking in the glow of holiday cheer, before enjoying more good tidings at the next inn. It’s a yuletide celebration with a culinary twist.
On December 1, the B&B Holiday Tour & Taste Event in Napa, CA, will bring some of the area’s premiere chefs and vintners together to showcase delectable pairings of gourmet goodies with local wines. While tasting your way along the trail, you can frolic in halls draped in garland and lit up in sparkling lights. Participating inns include Arbor Guest House, Beazley House, Churchill Manor, Hennessey House, Inn on Randolph and Napa Old World Inn.
You’ll enjoy a helping of old southern charm with the sweet offerings during the 38th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes taking place from December 7 – 9 in Savannah, GA. The trail will take you down centuries-old streets and through grand inns donning their favorite holiday décor and offering tasty treats. Inns on the tour include Azalea Inn & Gardens, Ballastone Inn, Amethyst Inn at Sarah’s Garden and The Presidents’ Quarters Inn.
How does traversing an inn-to-inn holiday trail set in a postcard-perfect destination sound to you? On December 8, the 6th Annual Sweet Treats Tour will be taking place in the quaint Victorian town of Eureka Springs which is surrounded by the majestic Ozark Mountains. You’ll get to admire the festive flair adorning the inns and sample an assortment of delectable treats with recipes included so you can try making them at home. A $100 gift certificate towards a future stay at one of the inns on the tour will be given away. Participating inns include 1884 Bridgeford House B&B, Heartstone Inn and Cottages, Main Street Inn, 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, 1881 Crescent Cottage and Red Bud Manor.
Country inns tucked away in White Mountains of New Hampshire will be getting dressed to impress during the 16th Annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour taking place from December 8 – 9. Signature cookies and candies made from innkeeper recipes will be served up during this self-guided tour. Along with recipe cards for the treats, you can take home a collector’s keepsake brass ornament and enter a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to one of the inns on the tour which includes Darby Field Inn & Restaurant, Riverbend Inn, Inn at Crystal Lake and Restaurant, Covered Bridge House, Inn at Ellis River, Eastman Inn and Old Red Inn & Cottages.
‘Sweet’ not only describes the goodies on the Holiday Tour of Historic Inns & Cookie Caper taking place December 9 in Hendersonville, NC, but also the turn-of-the-century architecture of each inn. Gift wrapped in boughs of holly and twinkling lights, they will light up the holidays with joyous decorations and delicious cookies and candies prepared by the innkeepers themselves. Inns on the tour include Aunt Adeline’s, Claddagh Inn, 1898 Waverly Inn and Elizabeth Leigh Inn.
If you’re looking to get your holiday cheer in gear, take a walk on the sugary side of an inn-to-inn holiday tour. You can ring in the season by stepping inside beautifully-decorated homes and tickling your palette with cookies mixed with candy and wine paired with a scrumptious meal.