Bermuda Bound

Visit the tropics for top island cuisine

If the thought of sun-soaked beaches isn't enough to lure you to Bermuda, maybe visions of buttery, liqueur-soaked rum cakes will do.

After just a two-hour direct flight from the East Coast, you can escape the cold (and that root vegetable CSA) with a vacation to Bermuda. The island's distinct cuisine is a blend of Caribbean, West African and Portuguese influences. Here are a few ways to strike up your appetite for vacation:

Start a lazy Sunday like the locals do with a satisfying codfish breakfast. This protein-packed island specialty consists of cod, potatoes, onions and plenty of toppings.

Shop the farms and markets for fresh local ingredients (think: just-caught seafood) and gourmet souvenirs.

Head right into spiny lobster season (fall and winter), when the tail meat-heavy crustacean graces the menus of the island's best restaurants in everything from chowder to tacos.

Unwind on the beach with one of Bermuda's signature dark rum cocktails, the Rum Swizzle.

Rum, don't walk, to the relaxing (and delicious) island of Bermuda.