Beercation: 4 Trips Built Around A Brewery Visit
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Some people travel for nature, while others travel for excitement; some for the popular restaurants and others for the hidden away gems. And then there are the people that travel for beer. Yes, you can plan your whole vacation around seeing one brewery or trying to hit as many in a town as possible, but you'll still need to know what else there is to do in town while you nurse your hangover. So here are four examples of things to do in and around some popular brewery towns.
Rapscallion Brewery – Fiskdale, Massachusetts
Serving up cold beer since the early '90s, Rapscallion is an institution in the state of Massachusetts. The campus that the brewery sits on has an orchard, disc golf course, and an outdoor pavilion hosting live music every weekend in the summer. Stay into the evening for their bonfire and take home a growler of brew when you go.
Stay Here: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
Just a 15-minute drive from the brewery, this brand-new-to-the-public hotel is exactly one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence and has everything you could possibly need. The gym facility is state-of-the-art including a pool, racquetball courts, basketball court, as well as full wet and dry locker room services. The hotel has a full buffet breakfast as well as an onsite restaurant and bar.
Eat Here: Fins & Tales
Located on Main Street in Southbridge, Fins & Tales opened its doors in the historic Delahanty Building in 2008. They offer imaginative American fare in a relaxed, festive environment. Obviously their menu speaks of seafood, but you can also find grilled flatbreads, steaks, pasta, and more.
Also See This: Old Sturbridge Village
As the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, Old Sturbridge Village boasts more than 40 original buildings across over 200 acres straight out of a rural New England town of the 1830s. This is a living village with costumed docents that actually take on the role and perform the job of a period resident.
LauderAle Brewery – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Relatively new to the scene, LauderAle started in January 2013, and is a small batch brewery located just outside of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They have a 1,500-square-foot tasting room bringing out the best of rotating styles from Blondes to Imperial Stouts, along with seasonal beers and special releases. Look out for the Brew Bus while you are there. They offer great brew tours that you might find yourself taking them up on.
Located on Fort Lauderdale’s largest private beach, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is close to the airport and attractions, has a 22,000-square-foot spa and many onsite dining options. The hotel is also just over three miles from the brewery.
Eat Here: Market 17
Farm to table and sea to table are the specialties of this restaurant, which sits within walking distance of the marina. Their menu changes daily but you can expect dishes like Maple Chipotle Glazed Whole Key West Shrimp and Grilled Antelope Loin as well as a daily cheese selection and items from their in-house charcuterie.
Also See This: Everglades Holiday Park
Offering airboat rides and alligator shows, there is no better way for you to see the Everglades and experience the wildlife up close. They even offer VIP tours with pickup and drop off at your location.
Allagash Brewing Company – Portland, Maine
Started in 1995, Allagash was New England’s first Belgian craft brewery. They started with their well-known Allagash White and now produce six year-round brews available around the country. They are super eco-friendly and offset 100 percent of the electricity that they use.
Stay here: Westin Portland Harborview
Located right in the arts district of downtown Portland, they are close to the Portland Museum of Art, the State Theatre, Cross Insurance Arena and only five miles from the brewery. For great views of the city and the Casco Bay, head to Top of the East, their rooftop bar.
Eat Here: Duckfat
Just the name alone begs you to go in and pray there are fries on the menu. Those fries are there, as well as salads, soups, and sandwiches. They also have a selection of milkshakes, doughnut holes, and craft sodas as well. Just make sure you get some of those hand-cut Maine potatoes deep-fried in duckfat. For dessert, head over to Mount Desert Ice Cream and try flavors such as “The Dude” and “Salt Brigadeiro.”
Also See This: Victoria Mansion
Built in the 1850s, Victoria Mansion was built in the Italian villa style with elaborate materials, and the interior is beautifully decorated by Gustave Herter, a leading furniture maker and interior designer of the nineteenth century. Over 90 percent of the furnishings in the house are original.
Green Flash Brewing Company – San Diego, California
One of Southern California’s most popular breweries, Green Flash Brewing Company was established in 2002. They are growing so big that they are starting to break ground on a second brewery in Virginia Beach, Virginia. But the home base is where it is at. They have an in-house food truck that serves up gastropub style food so that you can sponge up the beer that you are getting in the tasting room.
Where to Stay: Fairmont Grand Del Mar
With Five Diamond/Five Star service, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a Mediterranean style estate that sits amidst the breathtaking Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. A true luxury experience, the resort features an award-winning spa, championship golf course, acclaimed restaurants and boutique shopping.
What to Eat: Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab House
Not far from the brewery is one of the incredible Truluck’s restaurants. Their chain in Texas, Florida and California provides impeccable service and super high quality seafood. They are big in the seafood sustainability movement and highly believe in farm to table. All of their beef comes from American farm families and is hormone free and all natural.
Also See this: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Most folks think of the golf course when they hear the words Torrey Pines, but there is a lot more to it than that. Hike throughout the park, check out the beach, and visit the Historic Torrey Pines Lodge. You can even take in a tour from the volunteer group the Torrey Pines Docent Society.
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