Gourmet Is the New Gruel

Agritourism, as it's often called, is one of the fastest-growing sectors of adventure travel, and when it's done right (look for itineraries that hop between small farms in hike-, bike, and boat-friendly regions), it can be just as satisfying for the outdoorsman as for the foodie. One of our favorite new trips is Alpenwild's Savoring Switzerland hiking tour, a nine-day ramble among the dairies, vineyards, and orchards of Valais. Guests make cheese, dry herbs, taste varietal grapes, and then consume them all with little restraint. $2,795; September 2–10; alpenwild.com. For more adventure, consider Darwin's Trails' new six-day Lake Crossing of Northern Patagonia. When not tramping through the snowy peaks of southern Chile and rafting the Rio Azul, you'll feast at a goat dairy and a berry farm. $2,195 per person for a party of two; detourdestinations.com. Closer to home, serious eaters should check out Farm Stay U.S. At press time, its site listed some 570 small farms and ranches offering lodging and fresh meals. Farmstayus.com.

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