5 amazing honeymoons for foodie couples


Sip and dine with your partner in a romantic global culinary destination – or just eat well in Philadelphia.

The Little Palm at the Ryder Hotel is on our list of culinary honeymoons. / Photograph by Joe Thomas, courtesy of Ryder Hotel

For some (er, many) of us, a big part of the joy that comes with travel is taking a flavorful journey through the food and drink of your destination. And honeymoons are no different. That’s why we’ve put together this list of excursions that offer stellar food, wine and cocktails – whether you’re uncorking bottles in Sonoma’s vineyards or indulging in farm-to-table fare in San Miguel de Allende. And for those who don’t want to go far, we’ve also created a Philadelphia-based line. Come, let’s find out.

Eat like royalty in…

The lake district


While this bucolic region is known as the haunt of poet William Wordsworth, it’s also a hub for high-caliber restaurants – think four-star chef Simon Rogan’s restaurants. His last establishment is Henrock in Linthwaite House, a 36-room hotel set in private gardens, with its own lake. Four of the Fell Suites have outdoor hot tubs. As for the cuisine, expect world cuisine concocted with ingredients from the chef’s farm. Rooms from $300.


The Linthwaite House / Photograph courtesy of Leeu Collection

Go beyond lobster rolls by…



Yes, you should try a lobster roll (at Highroller), but don’t miss everything else. The Shop by Island Creek Oysters has bivalves for two dollars each and platters of canned fish. The tree house is a real restaurant among the branches. And Best Gazebo is a charming guest house that opened in May 2021. There is no restaurant, but it is within walking distance of restaurants such as Terlinguarun by the same husband and wife team that operates Best Bower. Rooms from $250.

Stay at a Pop Shop in…

San Miguel de Allende



Rooftop dinner at Paleta House / Photograph by Javier Blanco

Explore this city like a local – from House Paleta, a former popsicle store transformed into an industrial-modern Airbnb. In-house chef Stefania Chavez Rosales cooks heritage recipes, during rooftop visit Quinceoverlooking the main church, is tops. Rental from $200 per night.

Try Lowcountry Fare in…


Caroline from the south


The Little Palm / Photograph by Joe Thomas, courtesy of Ryder Hotel

Taste the new charm of the South at The Ryder Hotel. Launched in May 2021, the 91-room spot has a beachy-retro vibe and a lively bar schedule — take a one-on-one cocktail class at the on-site Little Palm. Beyond the excavations three mermaids opened in December with a dining room inspired by a starry maritime sky. Rooms from $229 per night.

Uncork all the wine in…



The John Chapman Cocktail at Montage Healdsburg / Photograph by Emma K. Morris, courtesy of Montage Healdsburg

Napa’s hip neighbor Sonoma has it all. New Healdsburg Mount makes it easy to never leave the 258-acre property, with three restaurants plus a market, wineries (oversaw by Jesse Katz of Aperture Cellars), and culinary excursions. But also explore on your own; the county abounds in wine (pinots to truck stop) and food (vegetable food with little saint) and the vineyards of the region (chalk hill) be sure to refuel. Starting at $1,385.

Or: try a culinary experience in Philadelphia

We are also a culinary city. Eat accordingly.

To run away
Philadelphia from the sealaunching in the summer of 2021, takes you on a sunset tour of Delaware on the Argonaut, a 1961 Chris Craft picnic boat. A charcuterie platter is included, but the champagne is BYO. Starting at $450.

Immerse yourself
Mix magic in a potions class at The cauldron, a wizard-themed molecular cocktail bar and British gastropub set to open in Midtown Village. You’ll get a baguette, stir your cocktail, and walk out with your loved one, who hopefully is in there too. $40 per person.

Do the cooking
Osteria chef Jeff Michaud is bringing back his cooking lessons so you can create your own Italian masterpieces. The sessions take place in the intimate kitchen of the Fairmount restaurant, where you will concoct a pizza (from the dough to the filling) or a trio of pastas. Starting at $150 per person.

Published as “5 Ways to Eat Your Heart Out” in the Summer/Fall issue of Philadelphia wedding.

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