If your first vacation instinct is researching the best restaurants and making reservations at the hottest eateries, read on. A bevy of culinary delights awaits in three of the most sought-after vacation locales in the U.S.: Orlando, Scottsdale and Las Vegas.
Diamond Resorts is making it even more appetizing for members to book their next getaway at one of these three foodie destinations with their “Fall 4 Foodie Vacations” promotion, with three-night stays starting at just $149, plus a $100 pre-paid Mastercard® gift card for enjoying a night out on the town. Diamond Resorts members can book this exclusive, limited-time offer from now until August 31, 2021*.
Here’s where to beeline in each of these cities for the most delicious adventure ever.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ranked one of Tripadvisor’s 10 Best Cities for a Foodie Vacation, Las Vegas is a hub for celebrity chefs showing off their most avant-garde dishes. And best of all, many of the city’s most lauded fine-dining experiments are just a short walk or drive from Polo Towers on the Las Vegas Strip.
With culinary events like the star-studded Vegas Food & Wine Festival, which returns to the city October 6-11, and the USA Today Food & Wine Experience on October 16, every time you take a bite in Vegas, you know it’s going to be over the top. The grand tasting lineup at either event is a who’s who of Vegas restaurants, so they’re your best bet for a survey of the entire culinary landscape without juggling reservations.
If sit-down dining is more your style, Las Vegas offers a score of elegant options. Chef royalty Joël Robuchon set up his L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand in 2006, and since then, the tide of top-name chefs moving to Vegas hasn’t stemmed. Dine at the Hell’s Kitchen set by Gordon Ramsay (if you can’t get a reservation, don’t worry — Ramsey has four others on the Strip), Nobu by Nobu Matsuhisa, Morimoto Las Vegas by the Iron Chef himself and so many more.
You can eat well at the theme parks — for starters, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival runs now through November 20 — but to get a taste of real Orlando, head downtown where the locals dine. With hyper-local neighborhoods bursting with incredible flavors, Orlando’s food scene is among the country’s most exciting and least adventured. Hello, bragging rights.
Head north from Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club to Mills 50 Mainstreet District for a taste of both traditional and innovative Asian flavors pioneered by young, up-and-coming Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai and Filipino chefs. Order one of everything at Sticky Rice Lao Street Food, sample the best Korean fried chicken in town at Chi-Kin and enjoy sushi from James Beard Foundation Award nominee Henry Moso at Kabooki Sushi.
Other excellent neighborhoods for foodies include Audubon Park, where you can try the coveted Gideon’s Bakehouse cookie at East End Market without waiting in a 4-hour line (shhh — it’s a secret!). And enjoy Winter Park for dessert, where a stroll up and down picturesque Park Avenue will yield some tasty treats, like the bespoke, filled-to-order cream puffs at Choulala Fine Pastries and Croissant Gourmet.
Scottsdale’s incredible weather — with sunshine 299 days per year — lands it on the list of the country’s best cities for outdoor dining. Not to mention, Scottsdale is a Fodor’s pick for Best U.S. Destinations for Foodie Travel. Staying at Scottsdale Villa Mirage puts visitors nearby to some of the area’s best dining destinations, too.
Make your first dinner reservation at Virtù Honest Craft, the toast of the town when it comes to fine dining with Mediterranean flavor and flair, and a James Beard Foundation Award nominee in 2014 for “Best New Restaurant.” Check off FnB Restaurant while you’re in town for dishes by chef Charleen Badman. Menu selections highlight location-focused foods from Arizona’s local farms, food artisans and wineries — yes, Arizona makes great wine, too!
In fact, if you want to check out the blossoming viticulture and craft brew scene, set out on the Scottsdale Wine and Ale Trails. Download the Wine Trail passport and visit downtown Scottsdale’s five wineries to discover your new favorite tipples. The Ale Trail includes eight breweries and brew houses, but there are more than 30 in the greater Scottsdale area to enjoy.
Fall is the perfect time to visit these three foodie wonderlands when the weather is milder and the events season starts ramping up. Once you’ve settled into your home base, map out your route to the most delicious spots, and make sure to plan time for a nap. Eating is hard work, but there’s a soft bed and a comfortable room waiting for you at Diamond Resorts.
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