There are more than 25 wineries within a 20-minute drive and, this being California, a plethora of outdoor activities, including hiking, sea kayaking, and, of course, surfing.If your only experience with this town was a tour led by aspiring actors in period garb, it’s time for a repeat visit.
There’s plenty to learn here outside the classroom.
With a national historic district full of buildings dating back to the 1700s (including the houses of George Washington’s mother, brother, and sister) and four Civil War battlegrounds in and around town, Fredericksburg is steeped in—though by no means stuck in—the past. Foode and Poppy Hill, two restaurants fiercely committed to the farm-to-table philosophy, have awakened the dining scene.
History buffs flock to Monticello, while culture hounds stroll the charming downtown pedestrian mall, with restaurants, an ice-skating rink, and the renovated Paramount Theater, where you can see everything from the Moscow Ballet to up-and-coming bands (Dave Matthews Band got its start here in the early ’90s).
SLO, as locals call it, might be just any California coastal town if not for California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly).
With local legends like Ben and Jerry and jam-band Phish, this lakefront town is known for its hippie vibe. 9), bike paths, and live music venues solidify its college with a capital identity, a thriving artisanal food scene suggests that Burlington is growing up.
Get a taste at City Market, where you can buy Strafford Creamery Ice Cream, made fresh each week, and, if you arrive around p.m.
5 for family vacations—the place feels positively made for kids.
During warm months, the fun revolves around Heritage Square, where kids can attend workshops on everything from pottery to salsa dancing.
Treat yourself to a fresh pasta dinner at Frasca Food and Wine, one of the nation’s best Italian restaurants.
Thanks to its oldest-city-in-the-country claim to fame—not to mention 43 miles of beaches—this coastal town has long been a favorite among tourists. 1–rated historic inns, such as Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast, are restaurants and bars opened by a younger set.
But it’s the mix of the old and the new that makes St. The Floridian, for example, draws a hip crowd with its southern food made with fresh, local ingredients.