From Tel Aviv, food and wine enthusiasts have been traveling in the windy north to Israel’s Galilee region, where lush green hills and valleys abound. This fertile region, home to organic dairy farms, family-owned wineries, and fruit farms, has long been regarded as Israel’s own Tuscany by locals.
Additionally, the region’s bounty is now being discovered by international tourists as well: Over the course of the past year, a slew of brand-new boutique hotels have opened, including the Pereh Mountain Resort, which is perched atop a hill and is surrounded by olive groves and orchards; and the Galei Kinneret, which was reborn with a kitchen under the direction of famous chef Assaf Granit.
At The Farmhouse, which additionally opened in 2021, visitors rest among grape plantations, and after Watsu pool treatment and jeep visits, are welcome to coordinate neighborhood wines with high quality cheeses and nearby produce. Tiberias, the Galilee’s biggest city, is likewise set for a facelift with another promenade along similar shores where Jesus is said to have strolled on water — and new non-stop trips to Israel from Atlanta (Delta; beginning in May) as well as Miami (American; Beginning in October), access will be easier than ever in 2023. — Debra Kamin