Extraordinary Food-Focused Experiences

From foraging to pheasant hunting, these 11 hotels cater to gourmands by offering hands-on ways to taste local cuisine.

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Crustacean Crawl, White Barn Inn, Kennebunk Beach, Maine

The chef at this Relais & Châteaux property, Jonathan Cartwright, is an avid cyclist who prides himself on his lobster dishes. Those two passions come together in this special fall-centric program, in which Cartwright leads guests on a six-mile bike tour of New England foliage, with stops at the local marina for a lesson on choosing lobsters, as well as samples of lobster rolls and other treats at his favorite seafood haunts. That evening, back at the inn, you can sit down to a four- or nine-course dinner featuring the bounty selected that morning; the menu might include lobster fettuccine, lobster bisque with sweet-corn beignets or a spring roll stuffed with lobster, carrot, daikon and snow peas. Excursion costs $300 per person; rooms start at $370; 37 Beach Ave.; 207-967-2321; whitebarninn.com.