“A vacation is having nothing to do, and all day to do it in.” ~Robert Orben

One of the pleasures of staying in your own private vacation home is enjoying leisurely meals in your own kitchen—lazy pajama breakfasts with friends and family, extravagant dinners and of course, midnight stacks. A well-stocked kitchen on arrival is the ultimate convenience, and our hosts and concierges are always happy to help. If you don’t have access to this amenity, here are a few tips for ensuring a smooth and delicious start to your getaway.

Make a meal plan

You’ll want to take advantage of local restaurants of course, but planning a few meals ahead of time is always a good idea, and a grocery list will make your marketing simple and convenient.

Things to bring from home

Most chefs have their favorite knives, so wrap yours securely in checked luggage and chop away. You probably won’t use an entire bottle of good olive oil or balsamic vinegar, so packing a few pantry staples (like steak seasoning and favorite herbs) will prevent waste and ensure your favorite items are right on hand. It’s also convenient to arrive with snacks and the makings for your first meal or two—bring a coffee cake or pastries for breakfast or pack some pancake mix. Don’t forget happy hour: chips and salsa and the makings for margaritas will get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Use a delivery service

Instacart and Prime Now are available in many locations for quick delivery of groceries and sundries (someone always forgets sunscreen). For wine, beer and spirits direct to your door, Drizly operates in more than a hundred markets.

Explore local markets

Whether it’s fresh off the boat shrimp or just-picked produce, do a little research and take advantage of what’s local and best in your vacation location.

Let it be done for you

Time & Place homes offer pre-arrival grocery stocking, so our guests’ favorite foods and snacks can be available on arrival. This way, they can spend more of their precious vacation time “doing nothing!” 

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