Whet Your Appetite With Our February Culinary Issue

We invite you to pull up a chair to our table as we explore the culinary delights that await your next group trip

February 2020 Issue

Culinary Issue

This February, Leisure Group Travel delves into a topic near and dear to everyone’s heart: Food. Delicious, pleasing to the eyes and scrumptious to the palate, food. In this edition, LGT scans the country, and the globe, for some of the finest culinary stops known to humankind. We pay a visit to Memphis, where we not only consume mass quantities of its famous barbecue, we also sample a super veggie sandwich and a pizza topped with artichoke hearts.

We also venture to Mississippi, where we learn about the historic Hot Tamale Trail and discover some of the best spots to enjoy the beloved dish. Other stops along the way include the sweetest candy shops on the West Coast, the top cooking classes in New England and the tastiest cuisine that can be found in Japan. LGT even interviews culinary experts and uncovers how culinary travel is growing in popularity among groups. So, grab a fork and a bib and prepare for LGT to make your mouth water.

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Sample Itineraries & Site InSpections


History Comes Alive at Colonial Williamsburg

Relax and reconnect with your family at Colonial Williamsburg. You are invited to an unforgettable vacation filled with the people, places and programs that make art and history come alive.

A Delight for the Senses Awaits in Central Mississippi

This three-day Central Mississippi itinerary will delight your senses as you take in historic sights, soulful sounds and savory bites of Southern fare in cities large and small. 

Civil Rights Heritage Tour

Discover the events, the icons, and the places that have played a vital role in shaping the history of Jackson, Mississippi as well as its present and its future. 

Amish Country & Beyond

At the heart of the Midwest, visitors can enjoy an authentic cultural experience.

Experience Effingham

Here, you’ll find wide open spaces; great food, brews and wine; a bit of culture around every corner and hospitality that rivals the South.

Amish Country Girlfriends Getaway

Get ready for miles of smiles on a tour with a distinctly feminine flair.

Site InSpections

Costa Ships Serve up a Taste of Italy

An Italian-inspired lifestyle highlights the onboard experience.

Get an Authentic Appalachian Experience

Groups visiting North Carolina can’t miss the majestic mountains of Haywood County.

Exciting Attractions in Colorado Springs

2020 is a big year for Colorado Springs, with several new and returning attractions set to open.

Savor the Good Life in Virginia Beach

With so many beautiful locales and enjoyable activities, Virginia Beach is a modern paradise.

Always Insightful

Features & Destinations

Join LGT on a trip across the country as we explore a number of group-friendly attractions and destinations.


On My Mind – The Next Wave?

by Jeff Gayduk

On Tour – Accidents and Illness on Tour

by Marty Sarbey de Souto

Features & Special Sections

A Scrumptious Way to See the World

Groups are integrating culinary experiences into their travel plans.

by Jason Paha

Religious Travel Planning Guide

Published on our dedicated religious travel website, we spotlight some of the best faith-based locations to visit.


Group-Friendly Museums Guide for 2020

These fabulous museums will be the star of your group’s itinerary.

Destinations – South 

Beer and Barbecue in Memphis

Groups are integrating culinary experiences into their travel plans.

by Miles Dobis

Mississippi Writers Trail Shares the State’s Cultural Contributions

Trail expands on Mississippi’s rich literary history.

by Dave Bodle

Make Mississippi Memories on the Hot Tamale Trail

The tamale’s popularity has cemented its place in the Mississippi culinary scene.

by Dave Bodle

Destinations – West, Central, East & International

Crushing on Candy

Indulge your sweet tooth at these West Coast shops.

by Randy Mink

Escape on the Lake

Dining cruises make a big splash with groups.

by Mary Lu Laffey

What’s Cooking in New England

Recreational cooking for groups is a popular pastime

by Mary Lu Laffey

Flavors of Japan

Sampling one of the world’s great cuisines on a one-week whirlwind tour.

by Randy Mink