Seasonal Eats: Your Guide To Local Food

Sometimes, the best part about a vacation are the new and interesting meals you get to try. As you’re enjoying this attraction or that museum, your taste buds embark on a journey all their own. So for your next Club Wyndham vacation, let your stomach be your travel guide. Pick your destination based on what you like to eat and when you want to travel. Then seek out the area’s featured seasonal food to truly eat local. Whether it’s local-grown or local-caught, these tasty seasonal eats deserve a place on your foodie bucket list.

January: Stone Crabs In Miami

Stay Here: Club Wyndham Palm-Aire, Club Wyndham Royal Vista, Club Wyndham Santa Barbara, Club Wyndham Sea Gardens

Only an hour south of Pompano Beach, winter in Miami Beach means warm weather and feasting on freshly caught stone crab. Joe’s Stone Crab, only open seasonally, is a century-old, iconic establishment known for its signature claws and seafood menu.

February: Oysters In Charleston

Stay Here: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

It’s oyster season, and there’s no better place to indulge in the delicacy than South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Make Charleston your home base and visit The Darling to satisfy your oyster fix — you’ll find six types of oysters at the raw bar.

March: Strawberries In Florida

Stay Here: Club Wyndham Clearwater Beach, Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek, Club Wyndham Cypress Palms, Club Wyndham Star Island, Club Wyndham Reunion, Club Wyndham Kingstown Reef, Club Wyndham Orlando International

Pick your own in-season strawberries at one of the Sunshine State’s many U-Pick farms. Plant City, an hour’s drive from Clearwater Beach or Orlando, hosts a Strawberry Festival each March. It’s the perfect day trip for berry lovers!

April: Crawfish In New Orleans

Stay Here: Club Wyndham La Belle Maison, Club Wyndham Avenue Plaza

During spring in New Orleans, devour a seasonal Louisiana favorite: boiled crawfish. There are dozens of fantastic spots to grab crawfish in Crescent City — Frankie and Johnny’s is much loved by locals for their award-winning, spicy crustaceans.

May: Pineapples In Hawaii

Stay Here: Club Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk, Club Wyndham Royal Garden at Waikiki

Pineapples are always available in the Aloha State, but they reach their full juicy sweetness in late spring. On Oahu, visit the Dole Plantation near Honolulu for a tour. Their famous Dole Whip is the perfect refreshing treat on a sunny day.

June: Lobsters In Maine

Stay Here: Crotched Mountain Resort (1.5-hour drive to Maine’s coast)

Celebrate the start of summer with a classic favorite — lobster! Whether at a five-star dining establishment or a lobster roll shack, Maine’s coast offers some of the sweetest and most succulent morsels.

July: Peaches In Georgia

Stay Here: Club Wyndham Villas at Fairfield (40-minute drive to Atlanta)

Summer is peak peach season. Head south from Atlanta and visit Dickey Farms for some family fun. Aside from the fresh, fuzzy fruit itself, they offer a variety of peach-flavored treats, from old-fashioned preserves to ice cream.

August: Hatch Chiles In New Mexico

Stay Here: Club Wyndham Taos, WorldMark Santa Fe

Hatch green chiles are only grown in the southern part of New Mexico and harvested in late summer. The sweet and smoky flavor — typically in the medium-to-hot range of the spicy meter — is unlike that of any other pepper.

September: Apple Picking In New England

Stay Here: Club Wyndham Bentley Brook, Club Wyndham Newport Overlook, Club Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn, Club Wyndham Inn on Long Wharf, Club Wyndham Long Wharf, Club Wyndham Inn on the Harbor, Club Wyndham Newport Onshore

In New England, picking apples at an orchard is a favorite fall tradition. Dozens of pick-your-own spots are scattered throughout the region, and they feature festive extras from hayrides to hot cider. Closest to your resorts, try apple picking in the Berkshires or near Newport, Rhode Island.

October: Pumpkins In Half Moon Bay

Stay Here: Club Wyndham Canterbury

Known as the World Pumpkin Capital, Half Moon Bay — about 30 miles south of San Francisco — hosts an annual Pumpkin Festival, featuring tasty pumpkin treats ranging from pancakes and pies to churros and chili. 

November: Blue Crabs In Maryland

Stay Here: Club Wyndham National Harbor, Coconut Malorie Resort

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs are one of Maryland’s main attractions, and November is the last chance to get your fill for the season. The picnic tables at Cantler’s in Annapolis are the perfect place to crack into some locally sourced crustaceans.

December: Olive Harvest In California

Stay Here: Club Wyndham Canterbury, WorldMark Windsor, WorldMark Clear Lake

Visit an olive orchard in northern California for a tour and tasting, to see the harvest in action. Kiler Ridge harvests and cold presses their olives within hours in December, releasing limited-edition, extremely fresh “Olio Nuovo.”

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