If you’re shopping for an inferiority complex, Copenhagen is a great place to start. Impossibly good-looking and enviably progressive, this Nordic “It” city can make the best of us feel as though we were troglodytes. Bicycles outnumber cars, locals swim in pristine downtown waterways, and renegade chefs go foraging in the forest.
There’s a dignified building in the center of Reykjavík that’s painted in thick coats of brown varnish. Constructed in the 18th century, it’s the oldest wooden house in the capital, but it keeps its age a secret, just as it hides the ancient bones of the Viking hall buried under its cellar.
Baja, schmaja. The skinny stretch of Mexico may be Californians’ respite of choice for its convenient proximity, but if you venture farther east for the weekend, toward our southern neighbor’s Caribbean waters, you’ll be richly rewarded for your efforts.
A close look at downtown Los Angeles, the freeway-encircled nexus where a handful of skyscrapers rises from the suburban tundra, reveals a business district on the verge of a swanky metamorphosis, thanks to a cadre of ambitious hoteliers, loft developers, and restaurateurs. And now the area’s got an acronym, DTLA—a distinction that usually equates to NBT (next big thing) status.
Palm Springs, once a desert playground for the likes of the Rat Pack and their purportedly tempermental lady loves is now a destination for neohippies (aka flower-strewn Coachella and Stagecoach festivalgoers) and modern design enthusiasts alike.
Palm Springs and the other desert cities that are its neighbors are quickly evolving and adapting to the desires of a new generation of tourists (and Coachella-goers) from all over California and beyond. The last few years have seen a bevy of older hotels transformed into hip new boutique destinations, and new restaurants have been popping up catering to the demanding palates of Bay Area and Los Angeles weekenders.
Despite the recent inches of snow accumulated in Tahoe these past couple of weeks, the less than optimal snowpack pales in comparison to Jackson Hole’s 358 inches of total snowfall this season. With a new direct flight from SFO, a quick trip to Jackson Hole is the antidote to California’s precipitation deficiency. Plus, you don’t need to be a skier to enjoy all the action the valley has to offer (though if you are, you’re in for a steep and powdery thrill).
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Sun Valley was once a snowy playground for the rich and famous, but that bygone era has passed. Now, the region lures visitors with its superlative outdoor pursuits amid jaw-dropping surroundings; but, it’s the impressive food scene coupled with the hamlet's easygoing charm that make this destination so enchanting, you may never leave (and many don’t).