Love Honey? Make a Beeline to These Cities

Get a taste of the hive in these honeybee-loving cities.

As bees continue to be plagued by a mysterious syndrome that leaves queen bees without workers, more communities are supporting these natural pollinators. “The lack of knowledge about bees is astounding,” says Phyllis Stiles, director of Bee City USA, a nonprofit certification program launched to raise awareness and create sustainable habitats. The focus on the plight of bees has spurred interest in the sweet syrup they produce, giving people an opportunity to sell, cook, and experiment with honey. Travelers can help. Make a beeline for these cities:

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

Bee City USA was founded here, making the city the original hub of honey. There are honey festivals, themed stores (the Asheville Bee Charmer), and spa treatments (Grove Park Inn).

ASHLAND, OREGON

This Bee City organizes the Oregon Honey Festival annually (August 18-19 this year). The two-day festival includes honey tastings, researcher demonstrations, and a fundraising concert.

HERMANUS, SOUTH AFRICA

To preserve the unique microcosm of biodiversity at the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, hives are planted around the reserve’s farm, Siyakhula, to ensure continued pollination. During the “Secret Season”—May to July— travelers can learn about bees and how to harvest their own honey to take home from the staff beekeeper.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON AND BEYOND

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel maintains an eight-hive rooftop apiary that produces a whopping 600 pounds of honey annually. Try the Pike Honeymoon Suite, an ale made from the rooftop’s bounty, or the roots salad with toasted bee pollen. Not unique to the Seattle hotel, the Fairmont Hotel and Resorts brand maintains over 40 apiaries and bee hotels at over 20 properties worldwide with the help of on-site and local apiarists.

<p>This coastal paradise means you can stay in a bustling, caffeinated city, with easy access to nature's wonder. Whale watching and skiing is accessible seasonally, while the slow drip is available year round.</p>

Bellingham, Washington

This coastal paradise means you can stay in a bustling, caffeinated city, with easy access to nature's wonder. Whale watching and skiing is accessible seasonally, while the slow drip is available year round.

Photograph by Thomas Gotchy, Getty Images
Book your next trip with Peace of Mind
Search Trips

Read This Next

An icy world is in meltdown, amid penguin population shifts
This sacred valley could become the next national monument
This 50-year project is tracking the Cascades' melting glaciers

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet