Food, Wine, Desert
Three's always the perfect amount of company when you're combining food, wine and art. Head to Palm Desert, California from November 6-9 for the Annual Art of Food & Wine Festival, which features celebrity chefs (Rick Tramanto, Sara Moulton), tastings, art tours of the area's galleries and live music (The B52's).
One of the cooler events? A tasting-slash-golf tournament at Desert Willow Golf Resort where each hole brings something delicious from a well-known chef or nearby winery. Tickets aren't cheap at $275, but you'll be stuffed by the time you're done. Or check out the "Opening Night Food Flight" event where guests judge the celeb chefs on what they liked best. For sweet tooth types, there's an opening night "Sweet Dreams" dessert in the desert event, with tons of sugary snacks paired with wines, champagnes and after-dinner drinks.
Make it easy and stay at the Desert Springs Resort (a Marriott) and get their Weekend Pass Package which includes a standard room and tickets to the daily Grand Tastings and opening night events for $495.
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