- By Valerie Rains
- Beach kale, graveyard picnics, floating indie-pop concerts.
Plan Your Trip
- Where the Locals Would Stay
Airbnb townhouses and authentic Danish Modern hotels.
- Talking Points
Want to rile a Dane? Broach one of these hot topics.
- Find Your Inner Artist in Wassaic
Creative city-dwellers are flocking to this pastoral Dutchess County hamlet, transforming it into an enclave for artists and art-lovers alike.
- Toast to Harvest Season in the North Fork
Celebrating fall on Long Island means drinking at new wineries, eating freshly harvested oysters, and enjoying farm-fresh produce at weekend food festivals.
- Chow Down in Hudson
With a spate of adventurous new restaurants, stylish inns, and well-curated boutiques opening, the upstate town’s buzzing even in the chillier months.
- Explore Architecture in Buffalo
With rehabbed architectural gems, stylish hotels, and innovative new restaurants, the upstate city now has far more to recommend outside of chicken wings.
- Taste the Flavors of Tucson
With regionally driven restaurants, up-and-coming winemakers, and a grounding in local culinary heritage, the Old Pueblo is the Southwest’s next foodie destination.
- Explore the Arty Side of Seattle
With a treasure trove of indie bookshops, spots to make your own masterpieces, and imaginative chefs taking over, the city’s creative side is flourishing.
- Get Creative in Raleigh-Durham
Outside the buzz of Charleston and Savannah, these southern cities are quietly fostering thriving art, design, and culinary scenes.
- See the Creative Side of Savannah
With design-forward shops, imaginative new restaurants, and a bumper crop of art-school kids arriving each year, Georgia's oldest city is feeling brand-new.
- Skip the Slopes in Jackson Hole
The mountain town has a surprisingly rich off-piste scene, from wildlife safaris and fat biking to art galleries and brewpubs.
- Uncover Urban Cool in Kansas City
Everything’s up to date in this former railroad town: a blossoming culture and art scene, a newly hip industrial neighborhood, and food that goes beyond barbecue.
- Celebrate the Culture of Cali, Colombia
Teeming with salsa clubs, fresh fashion finds, and inventive takes on traditional cuisine, the coastal city is giving Cartagena and Medellín stiff competition.
- Dive Into Bohemian Milan
With a thriving art scene, a bevy of outdoor markets, and hopping music clubs, Milan has become much more than Italy's couture capital.
The Travel Planner
- Forget Paris ... and London, and Berlin, and Beijing
Head to these lesser-known cities for equally fine wine, just-as-ancient architecture, and even-more-secret warehouse parties.
Beacon is host to a slew of new independent galleries, art cafés, and design stores.
Skip lobster in favor of the town’s vineyards, farm markets, and cooking schools.
The revitalized waterfront is packed with luxury hotels and great restaurants.
A crush of newly renovated hotels, boutiques, and off-the-beaten-path seafood spots are revitalizing the classic beach town.