I know you may not have thought of a honeymoon that involves food tastings as a romantic getaway, but you may want to rethink that notion. Food preparation and tastings can be a pleasurable experience as you will note below.

One such Alaskan cruise, interestingly referred to as the Sip Savor and Sail trip by Holland American Lines, is the perfect getaway and culinary adventure.  You will experience local foods, wine and spirits.  Enjoy brunch, cooking shows, cooking classes and featured menu items prepared by guest chefs. During a “What’s in the bag?” competition two chefs will go head-to-head preparing chowder from mystery ingredients. Imagine an evening menu during your voyage consisting of Alaska’s freshest salmon, vegetables and fruits paired with wines from the infamous Northwest vintners (e.g. Betz Family Winery) and brews from the Alaskan Brewing Company.

In addition to the ship’s culinary experiences, shore excursions offer other culinary events at the ports of call.  For instance, visit an Alaskan fish camp at Ketchikan to experience a fishing excursion in the wilderness of Alaska’s coastline on an open 20 -foot skiff and what you catch will be prepared at a gourmet campsite meal.  Visit the elegant Empress Hotel in Victoria to experience a west coast dining romantic dinner. While in Homer, visit Alaska cooking school at Tutka Bay Lodge with Chef Kirsten Dixon for a culinary adventure.  Juneau offers a journey on a seaplane to Alaska’s famous Taku Glacier Lodge where you will see breathtaking views of  the five -mile wide Taku Glacier and experience a meal of grilled Alaska salmon, Taku baked beans, coleslaw, fruit compote, fresh herb biscuits and sourdough bread made from scratch. While at Kodiak learn the historical role of Russian influence and sample the teas, treats such as borsch, Russian tea cakes and piroshikis.

Sounds like a romantic culinary experience to me!


Photograph by Ron Niebrugge, Alamy

A kayaker paddles past the Experience Art Gallery in Halibut Cove on Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska.


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