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Smart Travel: Learn New Skills on Vocation Vacations

Take a break from your workaday talents by using your vacation time to learn a new skill. These "vocations" offer expert instruction and lodging in picturesque surroundings.

Wine Camp
In New York's Long Island wine country, guests jump right into 3,500 acres of vineyards. With an itinerary that includes eight different wineries, you'll study wine chemistry, vintage blending, and food pairing -- and leave with a case bearing the fruits of your labor. $899 for three nights; winecamp.org

 

 

 

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Arts Camp
Wisconsin's Northwoods provide an inspiring backdrop at Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation. Take workshops in oil painting, watercolor, photography, and more. Rates vary; dillmans.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craft Camp
Get artisanal at the 300-acre John C. Campbell Folk School in the western North Carolina mountains. More than 830 classes, for the weekend or week, let you channel your inner blacksmith, wood carver, or weaver. From $299 a weekend; folkschool.org

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