The Best Places in the USA You Must See if You Are a Cheese Lover

Cheese at one of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover.

Cheesemakers around the United States are creating tasty goat cheeses, rich, sharp cheddars, mellow brie, and various other types. There’s a cheese for basically everyone, whether you like it plain, on toast, with fruit or chocolate, or in velvety mac & cheese. Artisan cheese stores, cheese trails, festivals, and workshops are available in addition to the products of these cheesemakers. Here are the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover!

Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a must for every cheese-related list, and we could include the whole state, but it’s pretty big! Madison is the place to go if you want to cover most of Wisconsin’s cheeses. Specialty cheesemakers, artisan cheese stores, and many restaurants are scattered all across the state capital. Many varieties of cheese from all across the state (and further) are readily available on virtually every corner. What makes Madison unique is that they also have many new small breweries that go great with all of that cheese. You also have to try a batch of Wisconsin cheese curds while you are in Madison!

New Orleans, Louisiana

Home of the blues and buttermilk chicken is also proud to have a lot of delicious cheese. New Orleans is also famous for its beignets and smoky coffee (both of which you should try), but it has also become a gastronomic haven in recent years. New Orleans is wonderful for a weekend trip, with many brewers, bakers, and cheesemakers waiting for you to try their products. You can easily find restaurants selling elegant cheese boards, informal cheese tastings, and stores specializing in all things cheese throughout the city. You can even visit a cheese farm if you travel just outside of the city. New Orleans has many things to offer to pair with cheese, and that’s why it’s one of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover!

Two wedges of cheese next to a flower and a pastry.
New Orleans is famous for more than just Mardi Gras.

New York City, New York

In New York City, you can’t travel very far without encountering cheese. Every possible sort of cheese can easily be found here, from goat to vegan and back. Locals from Manhattan argue that the best cheese can be found at the Ideal Cheese Shop on 1st Avenue, with many imported kinds of cheese and other delicacies. However, if you are here for the first time, there are many things to do in NYC as a newcomer besides eating cheese. You must go roaming through Manhattan; even if you go through it randomly, you will run into many beautiful places. A great view of the whole of NYC is offered from the top of the Empire State Building, and trust us; you don’t want to miss that.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Although cheese and New Mexico may not appear to go together, this state is America’s fourth-largest cheese producer, with around 150 dairy farms. Visit Santa Fe for a weekend of art and hiking in the area’s National Park, followed by cheese sampling at one of the area’s numerous dairies. The sheer amount of cheesemakers makes Santa Fe one of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover, because it offers a vast diversity of different cheeses.

Cheese platter
New Mexico is more than just cacti.

San Francisco, California

With so many farms within driving distance of San Francisco, it’s no surprise that the city has some fantastic cheese stores. It’s also the site of one of the Cheesemonger Invitationals, which brings together the top cheese lovers from all around the country. Cheese connoisseurs should sign up ahead of time for The Cheese School’s three-day extensive cheese course. If that’s still too much for you, the school also offers cheese tastings and pairing lessons. Alternatively, pick up some traditional San Francisco sourdough and combine it with your favorite cheese from one of the city’s many cheese shops. To burn those calories you got from eating cheese, you should consider hiking while you’re in California. There are many great hiking destinations that will allow you to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This Florida city managed to beat Philadelphia in the number of cheesesteaks made. The Philly cheesesteak in Fort Lauderdale offers many options on which cheese will be used. You can choose from a variety of cheeses ranging from regular American cheese to artisanal goudas. If you plan on visiting Fort Lauderdale, make sure to take a road trip through Florida, since it has a lot to offer. Fort Lauderdale is also home to hundreds of cheese and wine events that happen almost every day.

Three cheeses
It may surprise you, but Florida is one of the best places for cheese lovers.

Vermont

This small state has a lot of cheese. Vermont has the most cheesemakers per capita of any state, and they create over 150 different types of cheese. Plan a road trip through Vermont, following the Vermont Cheese Trail, and get the most out of this cheese destination. It will take you through beautiful landscapes, tiny towns with cheese sampling, and shopping possibilities at every turn. For cheese lovers everywhere, it’s a dream come true.

In conclusion

The United States of America has a lot of cheese destinations that you should visit. The diversity of cultures and different landscapes is represented in the diversity of cheeses. That’s why you should visit all of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover. You will get to know the whole country better, and you will experience many different cultures and beautiful landscapes during your travels! 

Plan a Driving Tour to See These Majestic Covered Bridges

There are lots of different ways to theme a road trip in order to see an eclectic collection of sites. For example, some people like to see how much of the historic Lincoln Highway they can drive. Others make a list of roadside diners that offer a slice of Americana to guide them on car adventures. Still others turn to historic items in order to create a cohesive vacation. One that might be interesting to try? Covered bridges.

These old-time slices of previous American modes of transportation are a window into how we used to live life. The reason for covered bridges is that covering the bridge helped it last longer and also enabled engineers to be able to build longer bridges. Luckily for us, engineers started discovering this in the early 1800s and people devoted themselves to saving them. Want to dive into these on your own? This graphic offers some good steps.

The Best Farm Stay Destinations in the World

Agricultural tourism is booming. Otherwise known as “agritourism,” the principle is pretty simple: A working farm, ranch, or winery opens its doors (or fences) to travelers looking to reconnect to the land, learn about rural ways of life, and surround themselves with natural beauty.

As more and more people look to escape the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and hyperconnectivity, farm stays are becoming increasingly appealing. In addition to overnights on the farm, popular agritourism activities include pick-your-own fields, farm to table dinners, barn dances, classes or tours, corn mazes, fairs, festivals, and hunting or fishing.

Looking to get in on the rural action? Head to any of these popular farm stay destinations around the world:

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Brazil

Here you can learn about any of a huge diversity of agricultural products, from tropical flowers to beef or sugarcane. The country is also known for its cutting-edge sustainability initiativesFly into Rio de Janeiro and enjoy the laid-back beach culture for a few days before heading to the countryside.

California

California’s wineries are hard to beat. Enjoy gorgeous views while sipping on pinot in Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley, or lesser-known Temecula, an hour north of San Diego.

Catalan Pyrenees

One of the most searched-for farm stay destinations, this mountainous Spanish region has been a hotbed of agritourism for years. To reach it, start by flying into Barcelona, which is an easy drive to many of the mountainside towns.

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Grenada

Go to Grenada for the spice farms, stay for the cocoa plantations. The Caribbean country is a lesser-known but gorgeous agritourism destination. Because it hasn’t yet achieved the popularity it deserves, the island boasts affordable lodging options.

Hawaii

Fertile and bursting with tropical produce, Hawaii’s gorgeous islands allow agritourists to learn about unique crops such as macadamia nuts, taro, guavas, and papayas. Whether you fly into Honolulu or Wailea (Maui), gorgeous land awaits.

New Mexico

New Mexican deserts are home to a surprising number of productive farms growing everything from lavender to fresh herbs and organic produce. Fly into Santa Fe to be near the largest variety of farms.

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The Philippines

Rich in natural resources, the tropical country boasts more than 30 agritourism sites and counting, including organic farms and pineapple and coffee plantations. Be sure not to miss the rice terraces in Northern Luzon.

Taiwan

Taiwan is gradually staking a claim for itself as a hub of agritourism, thanks in part to its “leisure farms,” which offer farm tours, on-site and locally grown dinners, and the occasional home stay. Many tea plantations have started opening their doors to tourists, as well. You’ll find the cheapest flights going into Taipei.

Tuscany

One of the destinations that first sparked the agritourism industry, Italy’s Tuscany region is well known for its old farmhouses, stunning countryside, and fresh, local food. Flying into Florence will land you smack-dab in the middle of the best that Tuscany has to offer.

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Vermont

While Burlington is an exciting destination in its own right, heading to the countryside pays big dividends. Vermont’s farms offer the perfect blend of stunning natural scenery and quaint architecture in the form of old barns and charming bed and breakfasts. If you’re there in July, be sure to check out the Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival.

Farming provides a livelihood for approximately 2.6 billion people around the globe—and without farmers or their land, none of us would survive very long. Agritourism can teach us a lot about how food is grown and reconnect us with the people and the land who feed us all year long. Plus, no matter where you book a flight to go, it’s bound to be gorgeous.

 

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on November 4, 2015.