I like to take trips that involve a quest. It gives you a focus and helps get you in touch with locals. When we filmed my public television show on Venice, I tried to find the perfect Venetian mask for the Venice Carnivale. I didn’t attend the soiree, but the mask search took me—and my viewers—all over Venice.
Here’s a fun one closer to home: A tour of Vermont cheese mongers.
This isn’t my original idea. There’s been a Vermont Cheese Trail for years, but I didn’t know about it until I read San Francisco-based journalist Rebecca Flint Marx’s article about the five days she spent visiting farms that make cheese in Vermont.
While you can actually take a course in how to make cheese—Marx spent three days doing just that at the Round Barn Inn in Waitsfield, VT. You can see the state even a you sample all kinds of different , locally made cheeses by downloading the Vermont Cheese Council’s trail map. It features more than 40 farms that welcome visitors.
If you like cheese, what better quest to choose for a vacation?