Epicurean Excursion

Epicurean Excursion: A culinary weekend makes for a savory getaway
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Every November, before winter snow quiets the busy streets of Highlands, the town transforms into a veritable buffet of exquisite tastes during the namesake Culinary Weekend. Here’s a short list of where to eat, shop, and stay while you’re there.

This town has no shortage of award-winning restaurants, and Highlands Culinary Weekend, November 10-13, is a chance to sample the best of the best. Themed dinners with wine pairings, cooking workshops, and appearances by elite chefs and cookbook authors are on the menu. The sip-and-stroll on Saturday lets you try wines while you shop. Some events are free, while dinners range from $65 to $175. www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com

Between bites, stock up on kitchen tools and treasures, from cookware, gadgets, and utensils to fine cutlery and place settings, at The Dry Sink on Main Street. Pick up a Good Grips corkscrew and wine stopper-pourer combo for $22. Then pop over to Mountain Fresh Grocery or Colonel Mustard’s to grab a bottle of wine and specialty snacks before retiring to your room. www.thedrysink.com

The Inn at Half Mile Farm is the epitome of rustic elegance. At this 1870 farmhouse overlooking a six-acre lake, guests can choose from 15 rooms in the main house (many have fireplaces), or opt for a cabin. Owners Wendy and Barry Messer will treat you to a sweet or savory breakfast prepared by the inn’s chef. During the culinary event, the inn will host a multi-course French feast and wine paring ($100). Rooms start at $250. www.halfmilefarm.com