So you want to go on an adventure focused on breweries, wineries, and/or distilleries, but you’re not sure where to go. How do you decide on your destinations, and how do you find them in the first place? Here are some recommendations to help you get started.
1) This blog. We have reviewed many destinations, found under the ‘locations’ category. Check them out and decide if they fit what you are looking for. Our favorite destination is Asheville, NC- if you can get there, go.
2) Google Maps. This is what we use predominantly. We find a place which seems fun and interesting for various reasons- such as Tombstone, AZ- and then try to find fun alcohol-oriented destinations near it. You can try searching “winery”, “brewery”, “brewpub”, and “distillery”. Realize that Google Maps is sometimes not very ‘smart’, and will display liquor stores or general bars when you do these sorts of searches. Check out the individual entries to see if they actually make an alcohol product on premises.
3) Local business publications. If you find yourself somewhere interesting, the local business marketing and publications may have some locales for you to check out. Be aware, though, that these may be touristy and not particularly authentic.
4) Word of mouth. Talk to your friends- maybe they have been somewhere interesting and they would like to share it with you! We got a personal recommendation to go to Julian, CA- which we would have never thought to visit- and it was terrific. You can always ask friends, “Is there anywhere fun to go nearby?” or, if you are going somewhere specific, “Do you have any recommendations for This Location?”
You can either look specifically to go on an alcohol tourism adventure or, if you are already going somewhere, identify places which may be fun to get and check out. What strategies do you use when identifying great places to visit?