- By Nicholas DeRenzo
- With newly restored sights in North Carolina’s largest historic district, plus creative New Southern restaurants and elegant inns, the riverfront town is looking like the new Savannah.
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- Take a Fresh Look at the Western Sierra Nevada
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- Chow Down and Drink Up in Austin
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- Explore the Arty Side of Atlanta
Thanks to revitalized neighborhoods full of young, creative types, a new wave of public art, and lots of love from the film industry, the “Hollywood of the South” isn’t just for rappers anymore.
- Check Out Cincinnati’s New Cool
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- Discover the Arty Side of Ann Arbor
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- Go Drink Up and Rock Out in Belfast
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- See the Stylish Side of Reykjavík
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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.