Where to dine in the outdoors this fall
When summer starts to wane, there can be a sense of urgency to make the most of the great outdoors before winter hits. We have that same “seize the day (and night)” feeling as August flows into September.
In honor of the urgency, we’ve rounded up nine great food and drink experiences that will satiate your love of wine, cheese, burgers and beer with your need to experience Mother Nature at her finest.
Wine & Dine Surrounded by Breathtaking Nature … with 99 strangers
Where: Locations Around America
When: Dinner scheduled through Nov. 24
Outstanding in the Field is a dinner series, created almost two decades ago by a chef/artist named Jim Denevan. Originally staged in vineyards and open fields near Denevan’s home in California, the idea was to gather strangers to dine where their food was grown. The dinners paid homage to the farmers, fishermen, artisans and chefs who created them, and pretty soon, Outstanding in the Field grew from its California roots to visit cities around the globe.
This fall, you can experience these unique dining opportunities around America, from supper at a small farm in Queens, N.Y., to an affair hosted in a garden in Decatur, Ga. Reservations are $180 per plate, which includes a reception with wine and appetizers, four courses with wine pairings and a guided tour of the property.
Enjoy a Burger Beside a ’57 Chevy
Where: The XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah, Wash.
When: Every Sunday, now through Oct. 27
Twenty minutes from Seattle, the little town of Issaquah boasts beautiful, verdant mountain scenery. It also happens to be home to one of the country’s best burgers and the largest classic car shows in America.
The XXX Rootbeer Drive-in has been around since the 1930s. There once were nearly 100 of these drive-ins, scattered around America. Owner Jose Enciso has preserved one of the last, three-story barrel façades, keeping tradition alive with the original burger recipe and classic car shows free every Sunday. The TriFive show will feature ’55, ’56 and ’57 Chevy models exclusively. You can peruse the roadsters while munching the intimidating-but-delicious XXX Burger. This one comes dressed with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, cheese, pickles and four pounds of meat. Sayonara, swimsuit season!