Vermont Farm Tours offers driving tours to vineyards, farms, and artisan cheese makers (802-922-7346, www.vermontfarmtours
.com, $75 half-day, $125 full day), led by local food and wine expert Chris Howell. They also offer bike and customized tours.
The Burlington (Vt.) Food Tours (802-277-0180, www.burlington
foodtours.com, $45) 2½-hour excursion combines history, local lore, and plenty of tastings as you learn about the city’s lively culinary scene.
Portsmouth (N.H.) Eats (603-571-3287, www.portsmouth-eats
.com) offers a variety of culinary tours showcasing the city’s finest eateries. The White Table Cloth Culinary Tour ($52) and the Best of Portsmouth ($40) walking tour visit top-rated restaurants. The 1½-hour Sweets & Deserts walking tour ($27) includes stops at five locally owned establishments.
The behind-the-scenes Providence Riverwalk culinary tour, offered by Newport Gourmet Tours (401-787-4058, www.newportgour
mettours.com, $50) takes participants to some of the city’s top kitchens to meet chefs and sample signature dishes and drinks. The company also offers culinary tours in Newport.
For a different take on Providence dining, sign up for Savoring Federal Hill (401-934-2149, www
.savoringrhodeisland.com, $50), an exploration of the city’s famous Italian neighborhood, led by chef Cindy Salvato. You’ll visit Italian food shops, restaurants, and butchers on the three-hour tour.
Heading to Connecticut ? Taste of New Haven (203-710-3710, www.tasteofnewhaven.com, $55) offers a choice of several neighborhood food tours that also highlight the city’s culture and history. Their Wooster Square Tour includes a farmer’s market, a famous pizzeria, and a pastry shop.
Michele Topor, who’s lived in Boston’s North End for more than 40 years, offers two popular food tours, a North End Market Tour and a food-themed tour of Chinatown. The three-hour North End tour ($54) highlights purveyors of everything from salamis to spices; the 3½-hour Boston Chinatown Market Tour
($69) features bubble tea, an herbal pharmacy, a local market,
barbecue, and a dim sum lunch. 617-523-6032, www.boston
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