Regions and hotels are offering more booze-themed packages to quench travelers' thirst for unique experiences.
More travelers are seeking unique and authentic experiences, and much of that revolves around food and wine — and increasingly spirits and craft beers.
In response, several destinations and hotels around the U.S. are launching boozy trips and packages as a way for travelers to immerse themselves in the local culture. Here are 10 awesome alcohol-inspired adventures.
Room with a Brew package
Those staying in Hotel Max‘s king, two bed or studio suite rooms can enjoy a private kegerator filled with their choice of beer from Pike Brewing Company. Two 20-ounce Pike Brewing pint glasses, which you can keep as a souvenir, are also included.
Après All Day package
Waldorf Astoria Park City’s new Après All Day offering takes guests on a journey through the Utah city’s best whiskey, beer and wine. Start the day with a meal and morning tour at Park City Brewery, led by the brewmaster himself. Then head to High West Distillery for a whiskey-pairing lunch and behind-the-scenes tour of the property. This is followed by a visit to Old Town Cellars for a wine flight and tasting experience. Finally, cap off the day at Powder, where the chef will serve a menu that compliments your favorite wines from Old Town Cellars.
The Traveller Bar
Loews Hotels has launched The Traveller Bar, a pop-up bar that will visit each of the company’s 24 properties (it was in Seattle at Hotel 1000 in July). Equipped with nearly 50 vintage recipe books, the bar doles out cocktails that date back as far as 1862. The Traveller Bar is currently at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, and will be there until Sept. 2. It will then make its way to Loews Hollywood Hotel and beyond.
Rum Runners package
If there’s one city that knows how to do drinking right it’s New Orleans. To honor the city’s boozy heritage, the 167-room Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery created the Rum Runners package, which includes a tour of Old New Orleans Rum Distillery. Located in the Ninth Ward, the spot was dreamt up by a local artist. Enjoy a cocktail before the tour, then visit the tasting room, where you can sample each of the products. To keep the fun going, guests will also score a bottle of Gingeroo to guzzle back in their room.
From Boots to Booze Men’s Pedicure
What’s better than a spa? A spa with booze-inspired treatments. The Four Seasons in Vail offers a foot treatment that begins with a Bourbon Bubbler scrub, which combines brown sugar and real Kentucky whiskey. The service, which is perfect after a hike or bike ride, relaxes sore feet and muscles. A soothing avocado hydration mask is then applied to the feet while guests sip on local bourbon or rye whiskey. A hot-stone massage and pedicure top off the experience.
Elkins Distilling Co.
Estes Park, Colo., has had a recent surge in new breweries and distilleries. One of these newbies is Elkins Distilling Co., a whiskey distillery that opened this summer. It’s known for high-altitude distilling, a process that’s slightly different than what occurs at lower elevations, with different results. This area is also home to the Stanley Hotel, which houses Colorado’s largest whiskey collection with more than 1,000 labels. Here, guests can indulge in whiskey tastings and pairing lessons.
JW Marriott Beer City USA package
Grand Rapids, Mich., which holds the title of Beer City USA, boasts some of the best brews in the country. And you can experience it all with the Beer City USA package from JW Marriott. Upon arrival, guests will receive four local beers along with a Beer City passport. Those who venture to all of the breweries listed will be awarded an exclusive Beer City T-shirt — as if you needed another excuse to drink.
Bucks County Wine Trail
Experience “Napa on the East Coast” thanks to the Bucks County Wine Trail, which features nine unique wineries. Stop by New Hope Winery, which is housed in an old red barn; Buckingham Valley Vineyards, which produces their own special sparkling wine; and Crossing Vineyards and Winery, which is located less than a mile from where George Washington crossed the Delaware in 1776. Visitors can also sip vino at Sand Castle Winery, which is situated along the Delaware River. If you’re a beer drinker, don’t fret. Follow the Bucks County Ale Trail, which includes various distilleries and breweries, including The Proper Brewing Company and Hewn Spirits.
Cooperstown Beverage Trail
There’s more to Cooperstown than the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Once the hops-growing capital of North America, this New York destination now boasts breweries, wineries, a distillery and a historic cider mill. The beverage trail includes several of these establishments, including Bear Pond Winery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Rustic Ridge Winery, Cooperstown Distillery, Pail Shop Vineyards and more. Expect tastings and a lesson on how the beverages are made at each spot.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Get acquainted with the history behind bourbon (aka America’s native spirit). Guests will get an up-close look at what goes into crafting the booze through tours and tastings at several distilleries, including Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve and more. Some of the distilleries date back to the mid-1800s.