The idea of culinary travel usually conjures up a romanticized image like a trip to Alba to hunt for white truffles, a wine tour of the Rhone Valley, or perhaps the ultimate in foodish travels, a week in Tuscany cooking, eating, and discussing food and wine with Michael Pollan.
But, a new promotion that recently arrived in my inbox suggests the innovation of an entirely new genre of gastronomic vacations: ice cream tourism.
Apple Core Hotels is offering a "Gelato Tour" travel package from July 1 to August 31 which includes accommodations at one of the company's five New York City hotels (starting at $179 per night) and a $30 credit towards scoops from three gelato shops in the West Village-centric "Gelato District":
I didn't even know that that New York had a "Gelato District." But, if there is to be one, shouldn't Il Laboratorio del Gelato be chief among the landmarks?