Where are you sending me?
Great question! But if we told you, that would ruin all the fun.
What we can tell you is that we'll be sending you to a variety of cities across the USA that have some unique culinary experiences. We know that you don't want to spend the whole weekend in transit, so we'll ask in the Taste Test, for your max travel time to your destination.
We will not abandon you in the middle of nowhere - all of our destination cities have public transportation, and more than enough going on to keep you busy for the 2-3 day weekend.
What if I know where I want to go?
Okay! We can send you there, too! It's no longer a surprise though, so you'll get your departure package a week or two in advance and you're welcome to check it out right away.
These trips are customized to your tastes, so feel free to work with us on those special details. This may affect the prices on your package though, so please be mindful of that.
What if I don't want to go where you send me?
Well, hopefully that's not the case! We know that every city has a lot to offer. We celebrate open mindedness, and encourage you to do the same. We're sure that you'll stumble upon some hidden treasures no matter where you go, and you might just fall in love with a place you knew nothing about!
How do I know what to pack for my trip?
Don't worry! One week before you depart, we'll send you the weather forecast for your mystery destination. We'll send you an updated weather forecast for your trip the day before you depart, as well, in case anything changes.
In that "One Week Until Departure" email, we'll let you know if you should bring anything specific on your trip, like a bathing suit or hiking boots. We'll also tell you if you can check a bag for your flight, or if you should stick with carry-ons.
*You can check your bags at the airport when you arrive.
How will I receive my boarding passes?
Just A Taste- Weekend Escapes will provide you with a personalized website with a link to check in to your flights, along with all the other important info that you'll need!
Remember, you'll be at the airport when you open your departure package telling you where you're going! The airlines can print out a boarding pass for you when you arrive.
How long are the trips?
Our trips are two (2) nights and three (3) days long or... (3) nights and (4) days long (you choose). So, if you depart on a Friday, we'll have you return in the evening on Sunday. We do ask for your time restrictions, and we'll do our best to have you spend as much time in your destination as possible!
We can accommodate longer trips upon request, so just give us a call or send us an email to ask!
What if my weekend doesn't fall on a Friday-Sunday?
No problem! We know that everyone's schedule is different. We're happy to plan a trip during the week for you. When you're taking your Taste Test, just be sure to note the departure date, and you'll be all set!
I have kids. Can they come, too?
Yes! We love planning trips for families. If your children have any specific interests (or any strong dislikes!) please be sure to mention them when you're filling out the Taste Test. We'll make sure to include plenty of family-friendly and age-appropriate recommendations so everyone will have a great time. We may also reach out to you directly when planning your trip to gather some additional information.
What about babies?
If your baby is less than 2 years old, you're in luck: they travel free! So no need to factor them in to the number of travelers you select. Please do still provide their name and birthday, however.
And as far as their accommodations are concerned, just let us know what you would prefer. We can be flexible! If you want a crib, an extra bed, or any other special amenities, just be sure to specify that on your Taste Test and we'll work within your budget to make it happen.
I don't live in America. Can I Have Just a taste?
Unfortunately, no. Our departures and destinations are limited to the continental United States, and are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Basically, you have to live in the U.S. Why? Things can get tricky with logistics and liability when crossing borders.
Do you work with smoker-friendly hotels?
All of our hotel partners are non-smoking properties.
Can you use my frequent flyer miles or hotel points?
In order to maintain the element of surprise, we do not accept frequent flyer numbers or hotel reward points. If we did, you'd be able to log in to your account to see your destination, and you would receive email notifications about your upcoming trip - this would spoil all the fun! The good news is that most airlines and hotels allow you to add your loyalty number after your trip, so you can still get the points from your trip with us.
What if my envelope gets lost in the mail?
Not to worry! We send you all of the information digitally, as well. You'll receive a link to your personalized website in your departure kit, so you can access it on the go. We'll put your envelope in the mail exactly one week before your trip with USPS 2-day shipping. They usually arrive 3 or 4 days before your departure. If it hasn't shown up, send us a note and we'll go from there!
What's the difference between budget options?
Your budget determines where we send you, how you get there, and where you stay. It's hard for us to say what each price point will get you exactly, because there are many variables at play.
The primary factors to consider when choosing your budget are your travel dates, and point of departure. If you're thinking of traveling on a major holiday weekend (Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.), we strongly recommend selecting the Champagne Taste package. It's simply more expensive to travel on these dates - unfortunately, there are some things even we can't control!
Similarly, if you're departing from a city with few flight/train options, we'd recommend a slightly higher budget (lookin' at you, North Dakota!).
If you’re departing from New York with a budget of $950 per person, you probably won’t be flying to Key West and staying in a luxury resort. Instead, you may take a flight to Austin and stay in a luxury bed & breakfast. Or, you may take the train to Boston and stay in a boutique hotel.
No matter your budget or where we send you, you will not be staying in sub-par accommodations. The higher your budget, the more options we have in booking your trip.
Does my budget include food + activities?
Yes. Your budget covers your travel, accommodation and one tasting/tour and/or a cooking class.
Does my budget include transportation to/from the airport, parking, or gas for road trips?
Yes and No. We do not include airport transfers to/from your origin airport. We will cover transportation to your hotel once you land at your destination.. unless you're getting a rental car. Then, you'll be your own transportation to the hotel!
If your hotel requires valet or payment for parking, that is not included in your cost. You'll need to pay that onsite and directly to the hotel.
And with gas money, we think it would be silly and unnecessary to give you part of your budget right back to you in the form of a prepaid card. It's also tough to predict how much gas you'll use on your road trip.
What's the latest I can sign up?
The earlier you book your trip, the better. If we have more time to plan your trip, we can get better deals for you. That said, if you're interested in a last minute getaway - you can book a trip up to four weeks before departure. Why not sooner? We need enough time to plan your trip and to make sure there are still good deals available for you!
Do you offer travel insurance?
Yes. We partner with Allianz to offer travel insurance for your trip. Rates vary depending on the number of travelers, the total cost of the trip, and the departure location, so we can send you a quote once you've signed up and you can decide later if you would like to purchase a policy.
What if something goes wrong while I'm away?
We'll be there for you. Our customer experience team is available 24/7 by phone or email in case you need anything while you're on your trip. While we love adventure, we value safety.
Can I bring my pet with me?
Unfortunately, no. We’re sure your pets are insanely cute, but you can’t bring them with you on this trip. No pets allowed, sorry.
Why are the prices different between the Solo and Multi-Traveler trip options?
It's always more cost-efficient to travel in groups. A hotel room will cost the same, whether one or two people are staying in it, so the price for our trips is lower if you've got a travel companion. Solo travelers, we love you, but you're just a little more expensive. So call your friends!
Can travelers in the same group depart from different cities?
For our plane trips, yes!
If each member of your group is departing from different places, it can get tricky to coordinate one destination - so we'll do it for you! Each travelers will take a "Taste Test", you'll need to include your address, so we'll know where everyone is coming from and find somewhere for you to meet in the middle.
For our Road Trips, we do require that all travelers depart from the same location so that we can create custom road trip directions for your getaway.
How does payment work? And are there any fees?
Upon completion of the survey, we will be in touch with you via email. You will be directed to the payment page where you will have two options for payment. The first option is to enter your credit card information. That credit card will be charged immediately for the full budget amount. (Even if your trip is several months away, for credit card security, we cannot store your payment information to charge you later!)
The second option is to pay using PayPal. With PayPal, you can either pay immediately or you can sign up for PayPal Credit and have the option to pay your budget amount over a 6-month period. (PayPal Credit is subject to credit approval. Click here for more details.)
There are no additional fees or taxes. If you select a trip for two people at $1,000 per person, you will pay exactly $2,000 - not a cent more. Once we receive your order and payment, we then build a trip for you with the goal of utilizing your budget to the fullest.
The only exception to that, is if there are no flights in your price range for the dates you selected to the destinations we use. If this happens, we will contact you to either choose another date, another airport, another form of transportation... or an increase in your budget.
Can my travel partner(s) and I pay separately?
Yes. At checkout, you will select how many people you are paying for... so if you're going to cover you and your friend (what a great friend you are!) then you'll select (2) travelers. If you are both paying separately, then just choose (1) traveler, and they will do the same.