1. Intercontinental Times Square, New York, New York
Even foodies who would have run from bumblebees a few years ago are adding to the never-ending buzz around the beekeeping trend. And while we’re not personally fans of beekeeping in the city, we do have to admit that hotels producing artisan honey (with the help of a crew of 10,000 working bees) on their rooftops is a sweet thing, especially when you get to eat it on cheese trays and drink it in cocktails (ichotelsgroup.com).
2. Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Ojai, Calfornia
On weekends, the resort’s chef takes interested guests on a tour of the impressive hotel herb gardens, which are used to provide ingredients for the restaurant. Join the walk and you can pick your own heirloom tomatoes for the restaurant’s signature caprese salad (ojairesort.com)
3. The James Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
If cocktails are the modern way of expressing your foodie street cred (you prefer house-made bitters, local artisan hooch and enormous ice cubes, of course), then the James’s bespoke cocktail program — with everything you need (including shakers, stirrers, ingredients, and recipes!) to become mixologists — is a must-do. Don’t see the booze of choice for your libation of the moment? Just ask, and they’ll send it up, along with your private bartender (jameshotels.com)