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One of the perks of vacation time is taking a break from cooking, but when you’re traveling with kids everything seems to revolve around food. Whether you have a selective eater, or you just can’t stomach paying for dinner for four at a restaurant for an entire week, having easy access to a grocery store can be a blessing when you’re away from home. That’s why this new service delivering groceries direct to hotel rooms is so awesome.

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham has just rolled out a new pilot program called Homemade @ Hawthorne. Partnering with delivery companies, Instacart and Peapod, the service allows guests to easily order grocery items and have them delivered to their hotel. In addition to regular groceries, Homemade @ Hawthorne offers guests an in-room cooking program with recipes designed by award-winning chefs. The ingredients for each recipe can easily be ordered for delivery and then guests are able to cook a fresh, chef-driven meal themselves using the full in-suite kitchen.

“An essential part of helping our guests stick to their regular regimens when they stay with us is delivering the comforts of home, like a homemade meal or their go-to snack. Our grocery delivery pilot makes that possible by giving guests the power of selection combined with the convenience of online shopping and curated dishes. We get everything delivered these days straight from our computers and phones, from car rides to shaving kit subscriptions to groceries – so why shouldn’t we also get them when we’re traveling for extended periods?” said Larry Hambro, vice president, brand operations, Hawthorn Suites.

The selection of recipes are all designed to be simple to make in thirty minutes or less. The offerings change to reflect the season, like the current menu, which features summer pastas and salads.

Do you like the ability to cook while you’re traveling or would you rather leave it to someone else? Share your thoughts in the comments below.