Attention, gourmands: There's no better time than September through November to take your taste buds on vacation. As the summer rush winds down, hard-to-score tables at esteemed restaurants are easier to secure, plus it's harvest season in the northern hemisphere, with plenty of foods ready to enjoy at their peak. Whether you want to savor Italy's finest truffles, sip 300 beers in Australia, or go on a culinary safari in South Africa, these trips are sure to satisfy any palate.
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Hike-and Taste-with Whole Foods
Where: Aspen, Colorado
After a 13-mile hike in the Rockies, it's all about the payoff. That's where Whole Journeys, the travel offshoot of Whole Foods Markets, comes in. Head up to Aspen for the "Three Day Sampler" (September 12-14); after hikers spend each day navigating mountain passes, they visit an artisan cheese and salumi maker; raise a glass at a craft distiller, and celebrate with a barbecue at an authentic western ranch at the foot of the scenic Maroon Bells. If you miss out on this one, don't fret: Whole Journeys organizes similar trips around the globe.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Colorado Guide
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Eat Your Way Through Italy
Where: Emilia-Romagna, Italy
The culinary charms of Italy can be overwhelming, but if you have to choose one region for a tasty pilgrimage, Emilia-Romagna is it. This region is home to Bologna, the country's food capital, where everything from balsamic vinegar to prosciutto di Parma to Parmigiano-Reggiano is produced, and a landscape rife with black truffles and porcini mushrooms in the fall. Experience visits with the region's premier artisans, chefs, and producers with Tour de Forks, whose itineraries are based on the tenets of the Slow Food movement. Fans of white truffles should head to Alba, home of the annual White Truffle Festival (October 11-November 16).
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Italy Guide
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Where: Tasmania, Australia
Australians are renowned beer lovers, so next to Oktoberfest in Munich, the annual Tasmanian International Beerfest (November 14-15) is a top destination for hopheads. The main attraction is a waterfront beer garden that spans the length of nearly two football fields. In addition to beer, there's music, master classes, and plenty of local "Tassie" food. But face it-you're there to mingle with 12,000 like-minded individuals and enjoy more than 300 beers from around the world.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Tasmania Guide