We love to travel, so it’s no surprise that we also have a pretty extensive bucket list. That being said, we thought it’d be fun to update our list based on the latest “must see” places from our favorite outlets.
Although we could go on and on about the cities and countries that we’ve visited or want to visit, we decided to pick out top five — spoiler alert: we primarily travel for food and wine:
1. ) Alsace, France —
Situated on the border of Germany and Switzerland, the French region is a artful blend of these countries. With the Rhine River and the Vosges Mountains, get ready for vibrant colors, expansive vineyards, and a bit of inspiration from Hansel and Gretel. Alsace is home to one of the most exquisite wine regions featuring complex versions of German varietals like Riesling and Gewürztraminer along the Alsace’s Route du Vin (wine road); a true blend representation of the Franco-Germanic culture. Although this is still France, be prepared for a heavier food like spätzle and potatoes with meat, a nod to their time of German rule along side Michelin starred restaurants.
2. ) Jackson Hole, Wyoming —
A quintessential mountain town, Jackson Hole is home to an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife. Near the Grand Teton National Park, we can see why pioneers decided to say and settle in the area — it’s breathtaking. Besides skiing, mountain biking, white water rafting and horseback riding, there’s plenty to do indoors. The city houses many luxury resorts and boutique hotels along with the National Museum of Wildlife Art featuring pieces from Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe. Don’t forget your golf clubs and swimsuit — the golf and hot springs will be calling your name!
3. ) Auckland, New Zealand —
If you’re trying to figure out a place to go during the winter months to get away from the bitter cold, skip the Bahamas and head straight to where the Kiwis live — New Zealand. Auckland, the country’s largest city, is brimming with food and wine, music, art and culture. From the beaches to the nightlife, you’re bound to have a great time while overlooking the two harbors. If you’re wanting to do some wine tasting, head to Waiheke Island for the afternoon and you won’t regret it.
4. ) Montréal, Québec —
What if you could have a European experience without crossing the ocean? Well, we have good news for you — it’s time to book a trip to Montréal. Not only do they speak French, the city transports you with its cobblestone streets, architecture, and culinary scene. Besides the poutine, smoked meats, and bagels, oenophiles and gourmandes will be impressed with the plentiful and delicious restaurants, expansive markets, and inventive cocktails.
5. ) Etyek, Hungary —
Budapest has been on many lists for the past few years but outside of the city sits Hungary’s unbeknownst 22 wine regions. A hidden gem located in Eastern Europe, Etyek is 18 miles from the capital and a must-go destination for culinary and wine lovers. Creating some of the most acclaimed wines because of its terroir, the region boasts Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc among many others. Visiting Etyek is truly a gastronomic experience.