Food Tourism is quickly becoming one of the newest trends (dare we say obsessions?) in both the travel and culinary circles. People have always made sure to stop by the “best BBQ in town” on their family trip to Houston, but they haven’t necessarily always traveled there for the food.
These days, as evidenced by prime-time television shows like Around the World in 80 Plates, dining on local cuisine is the vacation experience. And with the culinary world’s growing focus on local, farm-to-table dining, the natural landscapes of each locale serve to beautifully complement the dining experience.
Timeshare owners, in particular, have begun developing an interest in this type of tourism, due in part to time shares’ flexibility. Owners simply exchange their property through RCI or Interval International (the two largest timeshare exchange companies) to visit virtually anywhere their taste-buds take them. Not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a short list of our food-tourism dreams (both stateside and abroad) maybe one will spark your interest!
New Orleans, Louisiana – New Orleans is famous for its Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisines. New Orleans distinct flavor profiles have developed from centuries of amalgamation of the local Creole, haute Creole, and New Orleans French culinary traditions. French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, Chinese, and a hint of Cuban traditions combine to produce a truly unique and easily recognizable Louisiana flavor. From fluffy beignets to spicy gumbo, we’re ready to sample some New Orleans specialties. Stay at: The Quarter House Resort (RCI)
Napa Valley, California – In Napa, we’re counting on wine, wine, and food-that-goes-well-with-wine. Bring on the farm-fresh cheeses, plump local fruits, organic-grass fed beef and light, refreshing sauces. You’ll also find myriad Tuscany influences and references in both the architecture and cuisine. Stay at: RiverPointe Napa Valley (II)
New York City, New York – If we could only visit one place on our culinary tour, it might just be New York City. With so many distinct cultures in New York, you can find delicious, authentic cuisine from almost any country. From traditional Arabic cafes to high-end Japanese specialties, New York City is, perhaps, the culinary epicenter of the world. Stay at: West 57th Street by Hilton Grand Vacations Club (RCI)
Barcelona, Spain – Fresh-caught seafood, tiny gourmet restaurants, traditional Mediterranean specialties and breathtaking open-air markets are just a few reasons we’re dying to dine in Barcelona. The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (known simply as “la Boqueria” by locals) is regarded as one of the finest outdoor markets in Barcelona. Home to fishmongers, butchers, cheese-makers, veggie markets and dozens of small charcuterie shops specializing in Spanish hams and cured meats, la Boqueria is the perfect place to stop for lunch… every day. Stay at: Citadines Barcelona Ramblas (II)
Provence, France – We couldn’t make a foodie-travel wish-list without including this historic region in the South of France. The cuisine of Provence is the result of the warm, dry Mediterranean climate and abundant seafood on from the coast. The area is virtually brimming with culinary artisans who specialize in creating foie gras, honey, fresh lavender, wines and cheeses, fruit preserves and fragrant spices, most of which are used in local restaurants. Stay at: Club Le Bristol (RCI)
Guilin, China – We’re enchanted by the never-ending landscape of terraced rice paddies and the uniquely traditional foods of nearby Longji. Guilin cuisine is a combination of Cantonese and Hunanese styles. Characterized by its sweet, delicately spicy taste, the food of Guilin is unlike any “Chinese food” you’ve ever eaten. Among the area’s Three [culinary] Treasures: Guilin pickled tofu, Guilin chili sauce (made of fresh chili, garlic, and fermented soybeans) and Guilin Sanhua Jiu (a variety of rice liquor). Stay at: Guilin Royal Fortune Golf Club & Resort
Honestly, we could go on and on. Where would you go, if you could dine for a week anywhere in the world? Will you be exchanging your timeshare for a food-tourism trip anytime soon?
It’s (almost) that time of year again! The days are long and the kids are home. For many families, Summer Vacation is the best time of year. In honor of the upcoming season, the Associated Press recently released a summer vacation report, of sorts, which you can find in full here.
Of particular interest to us at Timeshare Broker Sales is their “Most Popular Summer Destinations” category. So, where are Americans planning to vacation this summer? The AP reports:
“Travelers can’t seem to get enough of Mickey Mouse. They also love Hawaii’s beaches, Las Vegas’ casinos, the Big Apple, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Grand Canyon. AAA’s list of top destinations for 2011 was little changed from 2010 and 2009.
No. 1: Orlando (Disney World)
No. 2: Honolulu (Hawaii)
No. 3: Anaheim (Disneyland)
No. 4: Las Vegas
No. 5: Kahului (airport for Maui, Hawaii)
No. 6: New York
No. 7: Lihue (airport for Kauai, Hawaii)
No. 8: San Francisco
No. 9: Phoenix
No. 10: Seattle”
Lucky for you, and us, we’ve got timeshares for sale and rent in most of the above locations. Click on any link in the list to learn more about timeshares in that location. And if you’ve got any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!
Are you considering Hilton timeshare ownership? To make your research easier, we’ve compiled a few pages about Hilton Grand Vacations Club’s most popular vacation destinations. Follow the links below for more information about Hilton timeshares in these beloved destinations.
Considered the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” there are hundreds of things to do, see and experience in Las Vegas. Known for their luxe amenities and convenient locations on the heart-pounding Strip, Hilton vacation ownership properties are especially popular in Las Vegas.
Most vacationers to Orlando are looking for accommodations that are convenient to Orlando’s many attractions; but serene enough to offer a soothing respite from the action-packed city. That’s why Hilton timeshares are so popular in Orlando. All Hilton Grand Vacations properties in Orlando offer ideal location close to beloved attractions like Universal Studios, SeaWorld Orlando, and Walt Disney World.
Renowned for their luxe amenities and services, Hilton timeshares in Hawaii pepper the beaches of the Big Island and famous Oahu. Lush tropical landscapes, rugged volcanic terrain and warm turquoise waters are just a few of the reasons millions of vacationers flock to the shores of the “Aloha State” each and every year. Hilton timeshares in Hawaii offer an excellent alternative to high-priced island accommodations.
Vacationers come to “the Big Apple” for its diverse culture, world-famous attractions, and incredible shopping, dining and entertainment. However, lodging in NYC is notoriously expensive. That’s why New York City timeshares are becoming increasingly popular. Hilton timeshares in New York City offer an excellent alternative to high-priced Manhattan hotel accommodations.
If you have any questions about purchasing Hilton timeshare in any of the locations discussed, don’t hesitate to contact us! We are Hilton timeshare resale specialists, with particular experience in these highly desirable locales.