Having worked in the kitchens of lauded New York City restaurants Blue Hill and Craft, chef turned culinary instructor Annemarie Ahearn knows the high-end food world. But at Salt Water Farm, her new oceanfront cooking school in a post-and-beam barn near Camden, Maine, the vibe is considerably more low-key. Students work with ingredients foraged or caught nearby or grown right on the premises—Ahearn's garden holds 75 varieties of vegetables and 25 types of herbs. Classes focus on seasonal recipes and range from the basics (bread making, pie baking) to elaborate lessons on how to prepare indigenous wild birds or big game. Bonus: Most sessions close with an alfresco group dinner overlooking the impossibly blue Penobscot Bay. 207/230-0966, saltwaterfarm.com, classes from $60 for two hours.
—Lindsay Aveilhe, from the October 2009 issue of Budget Travel