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  • Clay Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

  • Louisiana Music Factory, New Orleans, LA

Clay Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Burlington, VT
Kitsch out in this woodsy hamlet with a stay at the Phineas Swann B&B (phineasswann.com; rooms from $109), which has plenty of nooks decked out with needlepoint blankets, fireplaces and classic board games; pups welcome. Minutes away, pig out at the Ben & Jerry’s factory, Cabot Cheese Annex and Lake Champlain Chocolates, which all offer tours. Hike it off on the Long Trail, about four miles from the hotel.


Miami Beach, FL
Step out of SoBe and follow the sounds of flamenco to Espanola Way, Miami Beach’s first historic district. On this three-block bohemian stretch, you can find Milani Gelateria’s artisan ice cream, which has reached cult status (305-532-8562), and 80 varieties of wine and three sangrias at Tapas y Tintos (tapasytintos.com). Stay nearby at part inn/part hostel Clay Hotel (clayhotel.com; dorm beds from $60, private hostel rooms from $75, hotel rooms from $90), where Miami Vice was filmed and Desi Arnaz liked to rumba.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Can’t swing that French getaway? Treat your passport to Canada’s own Paris and head to the Osheaga Music Festival (osheaga.com), where Arcade Fire, Weezer and others will perform from July 31 and August 1. Rest your ears and your head at the contemporary-design, boutiquey Hotel Opus (10 Sherbrooke Quest; 866-744-6346, opushotel.com; rooms from $159), a 1914 Art Nouveau structure that was the first poured-concrete building in North America.

Myrtle Beach, SC
Request a suite at Breakers North, the more affordable (and slightly quieter) boutique tower of the landmark Breakers oceanfront resort (breakers.com; rooms from $139), and then get down to business. R&R is why you’re here, so strip down for one of two activities: a steam in the eucalyptus-scented Turkish hammam at the brand-new Cinzia Spa...or a float along the lazy river, part of the resort’s elaborate network of pools, Jacuzzis, in-pool bars and spray parks.


New Orleans, LA
Experience Crescent City according to HBO’s Treme, starting at Angelo Brocato’s Ice Cream (angelobrocatoicecream.com), a favorite of ill-fated hero Creighton Bernette’s. Have a drink at Vaughan’s (504-947-5562), where local music icon Kermit Ruffins blows his trumpet (and sometimes cooks barbecue) every Thursday (by the way, the bar is cash-only). Bring the music home by shopping at Louisiana Music Factory (louisianamusicfactory.com). When dawn is nearing and you’re all tuckered out, take the streetcar to Hotel Monteleone (hotelmonteleone.com; rooms from $119), home of the revolving Carousel Bar, frequented by Truman Capote.

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