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Still or A Journey of Grunge Everyone to
Sparkling? the Heart Grows Up the Table

WHERE Champagne, France WHERE Kerala, India WHERE Seattle WHERE Israel
WHAT In a region famous for WHAT After the loss of her WHAT Tech money is transform- WHAT The countrys towns
its bubbly, a group of artisan husband, Joyce Maynard trav- ing the Pacific Northwest and villages are in the midst of
producers is making wine eled with her adult son to city, bringing with it a newly a culinary renaissance that
the old-fashioned waysans a destination steeped in exoti- polished populace. Can it celebrates the regions history
fizzand turning a whole viticul- cism. Yet what she found most also establish Seattle as an art and the diversity of its people.
ture deliciously on its head. transformative was not the and culture powerhouse? WRITER
place itself but simply the state
WRITER Adam Leith Gollner is WRITER Carl Swanson is The real purpose
of togetherness.
the author of the nonfiction the editor-at-large for New of Saki Knafos
works The Fruit Hunters and WRITER This fall, York magazine. His last trip to Israel was
The Book of Immortality Maynard will story for T+L was about the to introduce his
(Scribner). His last assignment release her 17th art scene in Istanbul. wife to his extended family,
for T+L was to snowshoe in book, The Best of which is Moroccani.e., very
PHOTOGRAPHER
Vermont. He lives in Montreal. Us (Bloomsbury), large, he says. But a few weeks
Due to the near-
a memoir about meeting her after their return to New York,
PHOTOGRAPHER constant rain,
husband at 58 and losing him he caught her looking at a
Born and raised Dave Lauridsen
to cancer four years later. picture of shrimp falafel on her
in the French Alps, had to make mul-

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PHOTOGRAPHER Mahesh
phone murmuring, I wish I
Cline Clanet, tiple trips to Seattle to get the
Shantaram is planning could eat you again.
whos shot for perfect shot. On the last trip,
publications like the New York a 2,500-mile motorcycle ride I finally had a two-hour window PHOTOGRAPHER Tel Aviv
Times and the Wall Street from Bangalore to Kolkata of really nice weather and ran based Sivan Askayo was
Journal, is currently working for a future project about India. around like mad to get the sce- thrilled to discover the restau-
on a new monograph nics we needed, he recounts. rants in Ein Hawd and Ein
about Russian Lapland. Rafa. If it wasnt for this story,
I guess I wouldnt have known
about them, he says.

Troyes, France,
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wave of stylish American
small towns.
24 HAPPENINGS Six reasons
to travel this season,
from Kentucky bourbon
to Finnish design.
29 FAMILY TRIP A mother
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packing for kids.

43 THE UNITED STATES OF


DISCOVERY When wander-
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When I was a kid,


my family took
an annual vacation
(two weeks!) to the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where wed camp (in tents!)
by the shores of a lake, go fishing and swimming during the long summer days,
roast marshmallows over an open fire under the stars, and play spirited
games of cards by lantern light well into the night. Those trips were my first
introduction to the most basic idea of travel: going somewhere that isnt
home to spend time in a way that differs from your normal life.
As I grew older, my parents took my sisters and me more places, in a slowly
expanding circleChicago, Florida, Washington, D.C.and so it was in
the United States that my love of travel was born. I still remember the delight-
ful jolt of Hawaii as a young teenager, with that extraordinary weather and
those gorgeous bright flowers and the music and dancing and the sweetest,
sweetest fruit: This was America?
Theres been a lot of talk in recent months about how differentsome say
dividedwe are in this country, and so we felt that this issue should encourage
everyone to see more of it for themselves. Our special feature The United
States of Discovery (page 43) collects a wide range of great places and experi-
ences, from savoring history on a Virginia road
trip to kayaking the Salmon River in California.
My advice is to try a place thats completely
unlike home: dig in to the culture, talk to the
people who live there, listen to them, and see
what you make of it all. It might be more eye-
opening than your last international adventure.
Of course, weve got those in here, too,
including trips to France and India and Israel.
As much as we appreciate America, at
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passports for too long.
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May
The Big Idea
2017
THE NEW AMERICAN
SMALL TOWNS
From the Allegheny Mountains to the
Sonoran Desert, the middle of
nowhere is becoming the place to be.
BY STEPHEN HEYMAN

T
homas, West Virginia, comes as a bit of a shock. One minute,
youre swerving around roadkill on the back roads of the back-
woods. The next, youre in a clearing on a mountaintop where
a tiny town is assembled, snow-globe-like, on only one side of
the street. There is something preposterously lovely about
the century-old brick storefronts, with their gingerbread
trim and flowerpots. But despite the period atmosphere,
Thomas (population 600) feels strangely modern and almost
suspiciously Instagrammable. East Avenue, its main drag
(which many Thomas residents call Front Street), contains
a third-wave coffeehouse, a vintage-record store, a craft
brewery, art galleries, and smartly curated antiques
shops. An upscale, seasonally minded restaurant,
Rudolphs, is scheduled to open soon.

East Avenue,
the commercial
hub of Thomas,
West Virginia,
a former
mining town.
C O URT ESY OF T U C K E R C OU N T Y TOU R IS M
The Big Idea

These days, all it


takes is a single
influential project
to push curious
city folk out
into the country.

Hidden in Tucker County, one of the least populated parts of West From top: M. Crow & Co., an old-school general
Virginia, Thomas was not long ago an emblem of Appalachian decline: store in Lostine, Oregon, that carries
high-end furniture; the Purple Fiddle, an
the decrepit shell of a formerly prosperous coal town, abandoned save eclectic music venue in Thomas.
for a mean biker bar and a novelty Christmas shop. Things began to
change in 2002, when John Bright opened the Purple Fiddle, a mountain
lodge in an old country store that has become one of the best and most knowledge workers and creatives
eclectic places in the region to hear live music. On any given night, you who desire weekend destinations that
might catch a hillbilly quintet playing fiddlesticks, or a Joni Mitchell offer not just proximity to natural won-
look-alike performing barefoot in a peasant dress, or a troupe of Tuvan ders but also proximity to natural-wine
throat singers who sound like human didgeridoos. bars. These towns are the successors
The Fiddle established Thomass reputation beyond the Alleghenies. to communities like Ojai, California;
With the arrival of Cooper House, a quirky bed and cocktail that serves Woodstock and Hudson, New York;
afternoon cocktails instead of breakfast, and Front Street Grocers, a Taos, New Mexico; and Sedona,
natural-foods store, nearly every storefront on once-deserted East Arizonaspecks on the map whose
Avenue is occupied. On weekends, the town fills with first-time visitors fame seems out of proportion with
whove driven from Washington, D.C., or Pittsburgh (both less than four their populations.
hours away). They wander around in a state of confused wonder. Theyve The urban transplants who have
heard about this place, yet they cant quite understand how it exists. helped reshape these towns, hipsters
Thomas is only one in a constellation of newly modish small towns in a former life, are sometimes called
across America. As midsize metropolises from Denver to Austin to hicksters. Theres an obvious pejo-

F ROM TOP : EU G N IE F RE R IC H S ; C OU RTESY OF W I LD, WO N D E R FU L WEST V I RG INIA


Portland to Pittsburgh have flourished, once-ordinary hamlets in rative cast to the term, but its hard to
the orbit of those cities have undergone makeovers to cater to young deny the appeal of the changes these
newcomers have brought to places that
now combine small-town charm and
big-city culture in one cozy package.
On the other side of the country,
Salida, Colorado (population 5,300), a
laid-back hot-springs town and ski vil-
lage in the Rockies three hours south
of Denver, has become a year-round
retreat for artsy, free-spirited folks
who wouldnt go to Vail even if they
could afford it. I think we now have
more dogs here than humans, says
Philip Sterling, who recently moved
to Salida from Dallas with his fiance,
Kaitlyn Canfield, to open the Amigo
Motor Lodge, a swanky Southwestern

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The Big Idea

From top: A mural on the side of the


127-year-old Twitchell Building, in
Salida, Colorado; pottery and crafts shops
in the village of Tubac, Arizona.

boutique motel with a tepee out back. The pair was inspired by the
Hotel San Jos, Liz Lamberts popular motel revamp in Austin, but
wanted to undertake their project in a town surrounded by nature, a
place that felt like it was still a blank slate. If we had done this in Dallas
it would have just been another hotel, Canfield says.
These days, all it takes is a single influential project to push curious
city folk out into the country. In 2013, Tyler Hays, a luxury-furniture
designer and big-bearded polymath, bought a century-old general store
in Lostine, Oregon (population 300), a farming community in the foot-
hills of the Wallowa Mountains in remote northeastern Oregon. Hays
revamped the store, M. Crow & Co., adding his gallery-quality furni-
ture and artisanal knickknacks to the stock of meat, vegetables, and
hardware. Now enough people make the trek out from Portland (five
THE NEW SMALL TOWNS:

A USERS
hours away) to support a high-concept hostelry, the Kickstarter-funded
Jennings Hotel, in an old brick building in nearby Joseph.
While towns like Lostine and Thomas rely on visitors to grow and

GUIDE
sustain themselves, sometimes their charm and possibility prove so
seductive that visitors become part- or even full-time residents. Thats
what happened to Genevieve Anderson, a visual artist and filmmaker
who recently moved from Los Angeles, where she had lived for 23 years,
to Tubac, Arizona (population 1,200). This frontier village turned artists THOMAS, WEST VIRGINIA
STAY The art-filled Cooper House hosts an
colony an hour south of Tucson is known for its pottery shops and well-
afternoon cocktail hour. cooperhousebandc.
preserved Spanish fortress. Tubac is really close to Mexico, so theres com; doubles from $100. EAT The TipTop
a little bit of this lawless feeling, Anderson says, almost like you could caf has the best avocado smash in the
just fall over the border into another world. state. 216 East Ave. DO The Purple Fiddle,
Part of the appeal of these small towns is how removed they can feel the music venue that made Thomas a desti-
nation, also offers lodging. purplefiddle.com.
from the anxieties that complicate life elsewhere in the country. But as
much as they serve as refuges, they also offer a measure of hope by chal- SALIDA, COLORADO
lenging the currently popular notion that an insurmountable divide has STAY Take in the mountains from the hot
opened between urban and rural America. tub or fire pit at the 16-room Amigo Motor
Lodge. stayamigo.com; doubles from $100.
The idea of the small town as a bridge-builder is something that EAT Try sophisticated small plates like
Chris Quattro, the baby-faced son of the mayor of Thomas and a fixture moules frites at the laid-back gastropub the
on East Avenue, can attest to. When hes not working as a sound engi- Fritz. thefritzsalida.com; entres $10$16.
neer at the Purple Fiddle, he performs music in the window of his record DO Rent a mountain bike and ride the

store/vintage clothier/bookshop, Quattro Music Co. I think Thomas Arkansas Hills Trail through the Sawatch
Range. salidamountaintrails.org.
would be a rare and special place anywhere, but especially in West
F ROM TOP : S I LV I A R OS/ IM AG E B RIE F; E F RA N M. PA D R/ IM AG E B RIE F
Virginia, he says. Our grocery store has a rainbow awning in front of LOSTINE AND JOSEPH, OREGON
it. As a town, we happen to be extremely liberal, but were also open to STAY The Jennings Hotel has stylishly rus-
everyone. You dont have to travel very far to see rebel flags and NRA tic rooms and a redwood sauna. jennings
hotel.com; doubles from $95. EAT Embers
signs. Theres never any real animosity. Maybe its that small-town Brew House serves pub food and regional
thing, but everyone just gets along. beers. embersbrewhouse.com. DOShop for
luxury home goods, furniture, and clothing
at M. Crow & Co. mcrowcompany.com.

TUBAC, ARIZONA
STAY Bing Crosby cofounded the Spanish-
colonial Tubac Golf Resort & Spa.
tubacgolfresort.com; doubles from $124.
EAT For organic dishes and a mean
prickly-pear margarita, head to the Goods.
thegoodstubac.com. DO Hike to the
old Spanish presidio along the lush Anza
Trail. azstateparks.com.

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Happenings

Six Reasons
to Travel no. 4

This Season
Because theres
more to Kentucky
than Derby Day.
In Lexington, a once-crumbling
130-year-old bourbon distillery
(shown) gets a second life this
no. 1 summer as Castle & Key, with
29-year-old Woodford Reserve
Because Germany alum Marianne BarnesKentuckys
in June is an first female master distillerat
the helm (castleandkey.com).
art-lovers paradise.

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This year marks the fifth Skulptur
Projekte (skulptur-projekte.de),
the once-in-a-decade public sculp-
ture event in Mnster. It opens
June 9just a day before
no. 5
Documenta, the quinquennial Because a stylish
contemporary art exhibition, kicks
off in Kassel (documenta14.de).
new opening proves
theres no such thing
as a flyover state.
Aparium Hotel Groupthe
team behind New Orleanss
Pontchartrain, a 2017 T+L
It Listeropens the Foundation
Hotel in downtown Detroit this
month, with industrial-chic rooms
befitting the Motor Citys new
vibe (detroitfoundationhotel.com;
doubles from $239).

no. 6
no. 3 Because its worth
a trip just to carry on
Because Finland has these pint-size
never been beauty products.
more colorful. Travel-friendly launches from
no. 2 In honor of the countrys prestige brands let you streamline
centennial, five Helsinki museums your makeup bag without
Because Japanese collaborated on Modern Life, sacrificing must-haves. Prep skin
design via New York City a comprehensive look at Finnish with Chanel UV Essentiel
is a sight to behold. Modernism thats on view through
July (hamhelsinki.fi). Pay tribute
sunscreen (chanel.com; $55) and
swipe on shadow from the Elizabeth
The avant-garde pieces of Rei to Nordic style with a souvenir from Arden Little Black Compact
Kawakubo (above) may be a little the new Marimekko archival col- (elizabetharden.com; $5). Finish with
much for weekdays at the office, lection (shown), which includes five Stowaway Cosmetics Crme
but they fit right in at New York re-released vintage designs from lipstick (stowaway-cosmetics.com;
Citys Metropolitan Museum of Art the brands midcentury heyday $12) and a dusting of Byredo Kabuki
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Family Trip

A Teachable
Moment
On a cruise down the Danube with
her teenage daughter, Isabel Vincent
discovers the power of travel to
open your mindno matter your age.

The AmaViola

F
docked in Passau,
Germany.

ifteen minutes into our tour of Schnbrunn Palace, the Hapsburgs 1,000-plus-
room summer retreat in Vienna, my 17-year-old daughter, Hannah, discon-
nected her Quietvox and, out of earshot of the tour guide, said, Theyre all just
like the Kardashians.
The way she saw it, the social-climbing Napoleon married Austrian arch-
duchess Marie-Louise in 1810 not so much to consolidate peace between France
and Austria, but to bask in the rarefied atmosphere of the Hapsburg royal clan.
For her, it was the equivalent of Blac Chyna having a child with Rob Kardashian.
C O URT ESY OF A DVE N TU R ES BY D I SN E Y

Blac Chyna snuck her way into the family in order to get the Kardashian last
name, she explained. Like Napoleon marrying Marie-Louise, who hated the
French. He just wanted to get into an important family.
I have to admit that there was an oddeven brilliantlogic to what she was
describing. We were on day five of our weeklong Adventures by Disney Danube
River cruise, which began in Vilshofen, Germany, and ended in Budapestand Hannah
was having the time of her life. She had already climbed to the top of castle ruins in
Austrias stunning Wachau Valley, sat in on a strudel-making course in Vienna, and
attended a Lipizzaner horse performance at the citys exclusive Spanish Riding School.

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Family Trip

companies target an older clientele, and before I boarded our ship, the well-
appointed, 82-cabin AmaViola, I must admit I had visions of shuffleboard and
bridge. But among the 110 people on our cruise, I met gay couples, families
with small children, and single parents with their adult kids. The vibe? Relaxed
and welcoming. These family-focused cruises have proven to be so popular that
Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways are offering 15 sailings this year, on
both the Danube and the Rhine.
Like Hannah, I found myself completely captivated by the whole river-
cruise experience, which unfolded like a series of mini-adventures day after
day. Family activities included a slide deep into a salt mine in Salzburg and a
backstage tour of a marionette theater in Vienna. Adult excursions included
I marveled at her energy, but wine tastings in Krems and tours of food and craft markets in Bratislava and
more so at her sense of excitement. Budapest. All were conducted in conjunction with local guides who had in-
Hannah is a seen-it-all New York depth knowledge of their native towns. The ships crew was also well informed,
City high school senior who speaks which I noticed after Hannah started questioning them about everything from
five languages and spent her early where to find the best caf mlange to how much we should pay for taxis in
childhood in Rio de Janeiro. I am our next port.
a former foreign correspondent, In many ways, Hannah became the star of the AmaViola and its mostly
and my ex-husband is a Serbian- Serbian staff. They had never met a passenger who could speak their lan-
Canadian photographer who now guage, and I swelled with pride every time she ordered our lunch or dinner
lives in Belgrade. After Hannah was multicourse affairs that included beef consomm and Hungarian goulash as
born, we traveled the world with
her. She is amazingly cosmopolitan,
and I worried that she would find a
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refused to wear the Adventures ance. Its a luxurious way
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sion, she was engaged in a way I architecture, the marvelsof
have never quite seen her. city and country, and get
Thats in large part because the true feel of both oldand
Adventures by Disney, which re- new, past and future.
cently began chartering ships oper- Whether we stand at the
ated by AmaWaterways, doesnt prow or sit behind the wheel
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Among the 110 people on our cruise,
I met gay couples, families
with small children, and single
parents with their adult kids.

I love contemporary art, she whispered as we made our way past


paintings by Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol.
Who knew?
By the time the AmaViola docked in Budapest, the last port of call,
Hannahs requests were even more surprising: Could we go to the House
of Terror on Andrssy Avenue?
The House of Terror?
During World War II, it was the headquarters of the Hungarian Nazi
Party. Today, the splendid Beaux-Arts structure, which is tucked into a fash-
ionable neighborhood in central Budapest, is a museum. In February 1945,
when the Soviets took political control of the country, they used the building
From far left: The Benedictine Abbey of Melk,
in Austrias Wachau Valley; vineyards in
to house dissidents. Hundreds were tortured in a network of underground
the Wachau; Viennas Spanish Riding School, cells that stretched over a city block. Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg,
where passengers on the Adventures by who had saved tens of thousands of Jews from Nazi persecution in Hungary,
Disney cruise can see a performance.
shared a cell here before he disappeared into a Soviet gulag. The basement
smells like death, Hannah told me, as we took the tour. Although the exhib-
well as surprises like perfectly pre- its were difficult to stomach, it was important that Hannah was now getting
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your summer vacation takes you.
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leave the house
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dress. Kids can play in you can layer it.
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H A RF Z I MM E RM A N N . L E T T E R IN G BY C H A RLOTT E FA RM E R. A D D I TI ON AL C O LL AG E E LE M E NTS THR O U G HO U T THE U NITE D STATES O F D IS COV E RY : G E TTY IM AG ES
The view from Navajo
Point, in Grand Canyon
National Park.

I asked my lovely wife, Cassandra, if shed


be up for taking an eight-night trip to see
national and state parks in an RV, going from
our house in L.A. to Joshua Tree, the Grand
Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and the Valley of
On a weeklong family road trip, Fire. Unexpectedly, she agreed. This meant
joel stein discovers that navigating I would have to deal with the RV, which seemed
impossible since I am not good at taking care
Americas national parks in a camper can be
of a house or a vehicleand an RV is both.
a blessing and a cursebut mostly a blessing.

M
Unable to blame my wife for not fulfilling my
sons dream, I rented a Winnebago from Apollo
y son Laszlos lifelong dream (which admittedly he Motorhome Holidays, an Australian company
hasnt had for long, since hes seven) has been to with offices in the U.S. I got a 33-foot-long Minnie
take a trip in an RV. Unlike me, who has never pur- Winnie, which Laszlo thought was just as good
posely popped the hood of my Mini Cooper, hes as Kid Rocks tour bus. It had a toilet, shower,
obsessed with all manner of vehicles. But I can relate refrigerator, stove, oven, bedroom, dinette that
to his RV longing. Whenever I stayed home sick turned into a bed, couch that turned into a bed,
from elementary school, I would watch The Price Is and lofted bed over the drivers area. For $60 more
Right, which always seemed to offer the same two top per person, sheets and towels were included.
prizes: a trip to Australia or a motor home. They were also I drove out of the parking lot and crawled
my two dreams. Like Australia, an RV offers the adventure along small local roads heavy with daytime Los
of travel and the similarities of home, only kid-size. An RV Angeles traffic, panicked I would scrape off
also strips away the unnecessary distractions that keep your the top, the sides, or entire strip malls. Once we
parents from focusing on you. When I asked Laszlo if these got on the freeway, with its fat lanes made for
were the reasons he wanted to be in an RV, he looked at trucks, I relaxed. Our huge windshield showed a
me like I was an idiot. Its a house on wheels, he explained. gorgeous IMAX documentary about America.

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It was only a two-hour drive to Joshua Tree, but we The Rock Stop,p, in
arrived too late to stay in the park. So we drove down tah,
Orderville, Utah,
on the road to Zion
a long, dark road and pulled into the Joshua Tree Lake RV National Park.
& Campground. After turning off the engine, we walked
into a small shack, where I nervously approached a large,
bearded man who was sitting behind a desk next to fire-
wood and fishing gear. I mumbled that this was my first
night in an RV stop. He was friendly and helpful, assigning
us a space that Cassandra guided me into like an aircraft
marshaller. We ventured out and were surprised to
discover that our fellow RVers were not tooth-challenged
clans of 13. There was a delicate French family, hipsters
with a baby, and two men who might have just been
friendsbut it made us feel better about the RV lifestyle
once we decided that they were gay.
Laszlo loved the campground. We rented fishing poles, The next morning, after eating cereal
al
baited live worms for the first time (which he mostly did), around a table that was extra-special because
and caught a fish in the tiny man-made lake surrounded we knew it could become a bed at any second,
by metal sculptures that looked like they had been brought we decided to skip Joshua Tree, since, unlike
back from Burning Man. Later on, we headed down a the Grand Canyon, no one says on his deathbed
dark path to the edge of the campgrounds and looked at that he wishes hed seen Joshua Tree. So we
more stars than we see over the course of a year in L.A. started on the 315 miles to Williams, Arizona,
Before he climbed up sharing the driving duties with surprising ease
to the lofted bed above the thanks to wide lanes of highway made for
drivers seat, Laszlo said, Americans like us. I blasted Holiday Road from
Its starting to feel like the National Lampoons Vacation as Cassandra
RV is our home. I agreed. and Laszlo giddily prepared snacks and used
The RV was small enough the bathroom while still moving.
that we could literally park In a few hours, we arrived at a space reserved
the thing in our living room, in what turned out to be an endless RV parking
and yet I felt like I could live lot outside the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.
here forever. Isnt it weird To get a spot inside the national park during the
that this is everything we summer, you have to book more than a year
need? I asked Cassandra. in advance, and Williams was the closest town
No! This is not to the Grand Canyonan hour away. In the
everything we need, she 25 years since my last visit, it had boomed into
answered. Are you crazy? a cheery reimagining of rural 1950s America.
The three of us walked into town, thrilled to be
reconnected with civilization after our 24-hour
withdrawal. Cassandra and I drank flights of
Arizonas finest local wines at the surprisingly
F ROM TOP : F R A N C K FOTOS / A L A MY; CASSAN D RA BA RRY ; J OE L ST E I N
cool South Rims Wine & Beer Garage.
At 8 a.m., we walked toward the train station
for our Grand Canyon adventure. Laszlo said,
Im sad were not going to be in the RV today.
Getting to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Above: The
familys home involved a two-hour train ride that came with
during their eight- a show next to the station; Laszlos review was
night road trip. two thumbs up, especially the part where the
Right: The writers
son, Lazslo, cowboy is shot and dies, but then realizes hes
at the Joshua Tree landed in horse poop and repositions himself.
Lake RV & His review of the Grand Canyon: You just need
Campground.
a peek. This was my third trip, and gazing
down into the incomprehensible enormity of
both space and time, Ifor the third time
in my lifethought the exact same thing.
DAY 6 84 miles

UT Bryce Canyon
National Park
Zion National Park

DAY 7 134 miles


NV
On the train ride home, performers sang
old Western songs and everyone joined in. The Valley of Fire
State Park
DAYS 45 317 miles
LAS VEGA S
train was halted by bandanna-wearing horse- 89

men intent on robbing us. More than a few retir- DAY 8 324 miles 15 Grand Canyon
AZ National Park
ees asked the thieves to take their wives, which
brought out big laughs. The passengers were the CA
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best audience Ive ever been part of, wholly buy- FLAG STAFF
DAYS 23 315 miles
ing in. I realized that I had been raising Laszlo
LOS
wrong, that he should be growing up with these ANGELES NV UT CO
Joshua Tree
nice, earnest people. I asked them where they National Park Deta
tail
il
areaa
were from, and they were all places Id been to: DAY 1 136 miles
C
CA AZ
NM
0 50 M
St. Louis, Houston, Las Vegas. The people I MILES
encountered there werent nearly as nice as this. Mexic o

I needed to raise Laszlo on this train, where


wed be robbed of our jadedness about every-
thing except the Grand Canyon.
The next day, on the way to Bryce Canyon
National Park, we stopped at a gas station
that had a sign on the door saying 10% off if you u Cassandra
C d iinterrupted
t t d my communion i tto
show your gun, which is a horrible deal, since if you announce: I brought magazines and a sketch-
show your gun in L.A, you get 100 percent off. Though book, and I get the feeling I wont get to use
we had lost an hour entering Utah, it didnt matter. Our any of them. Weve just been packing and
family was beholden to nothing but the sun and our unpacking and preparing food and cleaning
bodiesunless we wanted to catch the Bryce Canyon up food. I mean, I havent even meditated
County Rodeo at 7p.m., which we did. in the past 24 hours. I have less free time in
Bryce was amazing: huge drip sandcastles you hike this RV than I do in my real life.
down and around, and I couldnt wait to spiral into We had two full days planned in Zion
its Wonka-world surprises. But Cassandra and Laszlo National Park, where I hoped shed relax into
werent as into walking as you would expect for people the RV lifestyle like Laszlo and I had. After
whod planned a trip around visits to national parks. a two-hour drive with one pit stop to buy sand-
We took Bryce Canyon Citys free shuttle one stop back wiches and, of course, giant crystals, we
from the park to our home at Rubys Inn RV Park & pulled into a space on the bank of a river and ate
Campground, where Cassandra sauted dandelion greens a slow dinner by a fire pit. The following day, we
growing right next to our RVs hookup. (This seemed took a shuttle into the park. Zion was vast, hum-
slightly too organic to me.) After dinner, we went to the bling, gorgeousand completely uninteresting
rodeo, where toddlers rode sheep, an announcer kept to Laszlo and Cassandra.
yelling Fire in the hole! and all the riders sounded like By now Id learned that in national parks,
they were either named Body Miller, Brody Miller, or our family likes to spend most of its time having
Brady Miller. We all enjoyed it more than we should have. lunch. We ate here in the enormous stone Red
As the three of us went to sleep nestled in a ring of Rock Grill at Zion Lodge. After a lunch of salmon
mountains, I felt tiny and relaxed, until suddenly cakes, Navajo tacos, and bison burgers, it was
MA P BY H A I SA M H U SS E IN . IL LUST RAT I ON BY ME RY L ROWI N

BLON DIES One place that sticks out in my


dh

DEB BIE HAR RY mind from our first national tour was
the hotel in Seattle. Riverfront or water
&CHR IS STEI N something. cs The Edgewater, where
ON SEAT TLE the Beatles stayed. They had pictures
of the Beatles fishing out the window
because the hotel was on a dock right over the water. dh This was a
very famous rock-and-roll place at the time. To actually walk on the same
carpet where Paul and Ringo had trodit was pretty memorable.

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time to take the shuttle van to see the highlights. At the On the long drive home, I couldnt believe how
first stop, I stared at the Court of the Patriarchs, a grouping eight days had degraded our parenting. Cassandra
of sandstone cliffs, trying to get a sense of what lay and I werent just using the bathroom and making
inside and on top of these enormous peaks. Cassandra sandwiches at 85 miles an hour; we were also lying
and Laszlo agreed to sit on a bench and let me hike to on the bed reading. There were no rules! Laszlo
the top of a waterfall on my own, and when I got there it who is always strapped into a car seat in the back
was even better than Id imagined: like a pool on the of our Prius before we pull out of the drivewaysat
moon. Energized with the wonder of an explorers secret up front because we couldnt deny him the views.
knowledge, I bounded back, but I couldnt even interest I wound my way more easily this time through
Cassandra and Laszlo in my pictures. I dont want to see the tight, packed L.A. streets and parked in front
a waterfall. I saw one yesterday, he said. of our house. Laszlo wanted to sleep in the RV one
For our last night, we entered Nevadas Valley of Fire last night, 100 feet from our big comfy beds.
State Park, which was nearly empty, because it was summer Cassandra thought this was a bad idea, because of
and well over 100 degrees. We had the campground all to the big comfy beds. Eventually we compromised,
ourselves. When the sun set and the temperatures cooled a and I read to him in his RV bed.
bit, I emerged from the RV like an astronaut, feeling the Back in our house, Cassandra walked up
freedom of the unobserved in a time-stopped stillness. The to me, offering a Riedel glass filled with
three of us climbed over and into the crevices of the Martian something red. I love you so much more outside
rocks where, somehow, native people survived these sum- of an RV, she said. I realized that she was
mers. Laszlo was, to my amazement, excited to hike, in the only one who had sacrificed for her son.
this still-scorching emptiness, excited to have his very own Unprompted, she said
planet. Back in the RV, he stretched out on his bed, picked The shed do it again if he wanted,
up one of his books, turned on his reading light, and said to Details only closer and shorter. I
me, You made my dream come true. And you loved it. An More tips and stared at her in wonder, realiz-
information
hour later, Cassandra said the words Id been dreading since on how to rent ing I should have loved my
we left: This was a supposedly fun thing Ill never do again. an RV, page 119 wife more inside an RV.

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duced Twin Citians to often hosts free

NOV ELIST
The mnemonic glue of a book and a place
JOSHU A FERRI S is very strong with me. Years ago, I was in
the courtyard of the Hotel Maison de Ville
ON NEW ORLEAN S in New Orleans, where Tennessee Williams
finished A Streetcar Named Desirea very wrought-iron-and-drooping-fern
type of courtyard, with hard Venetian blinds over all the windows and delicate
railings and cobblestonesreading Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon.
Two radically different American writers. But to me it was perfect.

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The Wil d Pon ies of

guee
Ch incoteag
ns novel about a spunky
s children
Misty of Chincoteague, Marguer ite
rguerit nrys timeles
n
Henrys
e Hen ss
s
a coast, s
turns 70 this ar.
a
year.
yea From its opening sentenceA wild,
pinto pony from the Virgini
the hold of the
from th Spanish galleon my eight-year-old
ringing neigh shrilled up fr
I knew it, we were drivin g down the haunti ng, lonely Delmarva
daughter was hooked. Before
C H RI STO PH E R MO N G E AU

town of Chincot eague retains a briny


Peninsula toward Chincoteague Island. The tiny
ter cowboy s and saltwa ter taffy. At the Chinco teague National
charm, equal parts saltwa the shaggy,
bald eagles, and, of course,
Wildlife Refuge, you can find egrets, herons,
inspir ed Henry. As we pulled to the should er, my daughters eyes
barrel-chested ponies that
and snaking inlets, before fixing upon
raked across the primeval landscape of marsh grass
but her expres sion said it all: Im really here. MARK ROZZO
the herd. She didnt speak,

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VISIT THE
SAILING CAPITAL OF THE U.S.
When it comes to bountiful aquatic resources, Annapolis has
a lot to brag about. Our rivers, streams and coves form over
533 miles of shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay, the nations
largest estuary. Whether youre an experienced kayaker, a
day-tripping power boater, an adventurous sailing novice, make
plans to take a historic water tour, head out to open water on a
fishing trip, or find something suitable for the whole family to
enjoy. Annapolis is the perfect place to spend some time on the
Chesapeake.

If youre a history buff, Annapolis Foodies will enjoy the plentiful access to the
belongs on your bucket list. Annapolis bounty of the Chesapeake Bay; and an energetic,
served as our nations first peacetime happy-to-be here pulse that reverberates
capital. Marylands four signers of the throughout the area. Get cracking into a bushel
Declaration of Independence had of world-famous Maryland Steamed Blue Crabs
homes here, three of the homes can or enjoy a waterfront dining experience at one of
still be visited and enjoyed today. Annapolis waterfront restaurants. Dine outside on
A walk down the brick-lined streets a rooftop or on the bustling streets in downtown.
puts you in touch with four centuries Want to go international? Enjoy casual pub fare?
of history and architecture. There are Experience elegant dining? Happy hour? Whatever
plenty of ways to learn more about an youre in the mood for, Annapolis delivers.
important American institution thats
based in Annapolis, the United States
Naval Academy. Explore the Academy
Yard by experiencing a guided tour
or stop at one or more of the campus
impressive attractions, including the
midshipmens Noon Formation.

Annapolis is home to dozens of fine art galleries within


walking distance of one another, including Maryland Hall
for the Creative Arts and The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell
Gallery at St. Johns College. There is also a thriving Arts
District that features not only art galleries, but live music
venues such as Marylands prized Rams Head on Stage,
Mission Escape Room and diverse dining options.
An une
unexpected
expected slice
e slice of paradise
paraad
dise along
alon
ng the
n
Gulf Coast
Coast has become
b a summer
ummer ritual
su ritu
uaal for
writer jeane ledoux and dhher h
husband,
b d
photographer andrea fremiotti.

T
hroughout my childhood in southern Louisiana, my family would
caravan to popular beach towns along the Florida Panhandle, like
Pensacola and Destin, where wed bury each other in scalding sand and
trawl souvenir shops for T-shirts. As an adult, I decided the Gulf Coast
was too crowded, too commercial, until one day my husband and I
explored Alabamas narrow, 14-mile-long Dauphin Island. It takes a bit
of work to get toyou either drive the high-rise bridge from Mobile
or board the ferry at Fort Morganbut with only 1,300 residents, the island is
peaceful and pristine. We now visit regularly during the high season, which
runs April through September, to take nature walks, see dramatic sunsets from
the beach, and eat seafoodd so fresh you know it was just swimming.

1. Called the bird- 3. On Dauphin,


houses by locals, home of the 137-
these buildings near acre Audubon Bird
the marina serve Sanctuary, herons
as camps for fisher- are as numerous as
A N D R E A F RE M IOTT I. LE TT E R IN G BY C HA R LOTT E FA R ME R

men who need an Central Park pigeons.


early start. The Some hunt in the
cheery structures shallows, while oth-
capture the spirit of ers linger next to
life on this island fishermen, whose
theyre celebratory bait will potentially
but not luxurious. attract a meal.
Theyre just enough. 4. Andrea captured
2. Eating out is all a rare quiet moment
about the seafood. We at the public pool
stuff ourselves with in the entertainment
the local catch, which complex on Orleans
includes royal red Drive, the center
shrimp, a deepwater of what little nightlife
species we buy there is on Dauphin.
from the family-run
Skinners Seafood.

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5. One of my favorite same suggestion:
spots is this calm the Lighthouse
crescent of beach Bakery, one of the few
on the western end, year-round restau-
next to the public rants on Dauphin. We
pier. Its popular with have a morning ritual
families because the of eating a cinnamon
water is as still as roll on the shops
a pool, and warm as breezy porch. The co-
a bath come summer- owner, Mary Scarcliff,
time. 6. The island starts mixing dough
has many vacation at midnight during the
homes to rent, like peak tourist season.
this one, which is
propped on stilts and
ringed by saw palmet-
tos. A homeowner
who recently hosted
us said that shes
had visitors come
from as far away as
the Pacific Northwest
and Europe. 7. On our
first trip, we asked
locals for breakfast
recommendations,
and they all had the

The
Details
More activities
on the island,
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A STROLL THROUGH
T
THE FINA NCIAL DIST RIC T
OF NEW YOR K CIT Y
City,
In this adaptation from his new book Magneti c
archite cture critic JUSTIN DAVIDSON uncover s
rhoods.
the secrets of one of Manhatt ans first neighbo

C
apital is the juice that to the opulent event space At every level, something
nourished New Yorks Cipriani, boasted echoing grabs the eye: the ornate
growth, so to hunt hallways, massive metal doors, the limestone
for the citys soul, start columns, and enormous models of the skyscraper
in the Financial District, quantities of granite. carved into the faade, the
at the corner of Pearl Few corners have abstracted peaks stamped A N D R E A F RE M IOTT I. IL LU ST RAT I ON BY C H A RLOT T E FA RME R

and Broad Streets. When a more sober history than above the lobby windows.
the settlement was still 23 Wall Street. When After a financial
called New Amsterdam, J. P. Morgan erected his vacuum sweeps through
ships moored here. Later, bank here in 1913, it was an area of affluence,
the house at 54 Pearl the epicenter of the finan- the hardiest urban species
Street became Fraunces cial world. The stonework survives: artists. One
Tavern, where George still bears the scars of colony settled in the 1950s
Washington celebrated a 1920 bombing, though on Coenties Slip, an alley
victory over the British the memories have faded: lined with sail-making lofts
in 1783 and you can still in 2007, the bank became left empty as the fortunes
buy a pint today. a luxury condo, Downtown of the shipping industry
In the mid 19th by Philippe Starck. receded. Robert Indiana,
century, as New York out- In 1932, 70 Pine Ellsworth Kelly, and Agnes
grew its makeshift look, Street opened just as the Martin all lived and worked
its businessmen built the economy was hitting bot- here, making art out of
grand Merchants tom. The tower, which now fragments and memories
Exchange at 55 Wall houses apartments, spears of a New York that was
Street. This temple of the fog, embodying the constantlybut never
trade, now home moody glitter of Gotham. completelyslipping away.
Give normal
a few days off.
Theres so much about Florida that
relaxes the mind, body and soul.
Plan your next getaway at
Kayaking school from forest-fire smoke fills high inland
in session at
Otter Bar Lodge. valleys. During the day, it makes
the mountains look like ghosts, and
at night it turns the moon the color
of old, yellowed lace.
Grays shape characters and per-
ceptions, too. Long before ganja lovers
decamped here, this land beckoned
to gold miners, yeti hunters, and other
eccentrics. They found and made
a place where boundariesbetween
past and present, man and nature,
wildness and civilityseem less clear
than they are elsewhere.
I had come from New York City,
during a year of struggles in work
and in love. One of the only things that
reliably made me happy then was
taking whitewater kayaking lessons in
New England. So I went to Californias
true north, an eight-hour drive from
the Bay Area, to search for an incre-
ment of mastery of this difficult,
delighting skill: steering a small boat
through a rivers rushing water.
My destination was Otter Bar
Lodge, often called the best whitewater
kayaking school in North America. A
week on the river comes with gourmet
meals, massages, a hot tub, and a bed
in a rustic cabin, all on an off-the-grid
resort built and run by a gracious pair
of cosmopolitan hippies named Peter
and Kristy Sturges. They are assisted
Finding himself upside down in life, by a 10-year-old Australian cattle dog
named Beebee and a staff of kayaking
michael joseph gross escapes to
teachers from all over the world.
Humboldt County to spend a week

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Otter Bar is tucked into a glen on
upside down on the Salmon River.

W
the Salmon River. When I arrived,
Peter showed me to my cabin, then
ith the windows open, the pointed to the river. Most people say theyre too tired to go swimming
Humboldt County country- when they get here, he said, but you should just do it. As I dove
side smelled like a Grateful into a clear pool where giant salmon darted, I was glad I had listened.
Dead concert. Cannabis is Every week from May to August, a new crop of students arrive.
to the economy and identity Few in my class fit the stereotype of paddlers as adrenaline junkies.
of this far-northwestern There was a retired Presbyterian minister, a wealthy couple from Peru,
corner of California as corn a white-haired diplomat from Canada, a pharmacist from Florida, a
is to Iowa. My driver eagerly explained cardiologist from Louisiana, a guide-dog trainer, and a cop. As a group,
that he was moonlighting. His real we were more game than gifted.
job was growing marijuana. Medicinal The variety of this crowd felt welcoming. The place did, too. Sprays
or recreational? I asked. Its kind of flowers, wild and cultivated, decorated the paths. In the middle
of a gray area, he answered. of the night, I woke and stepped onto my front porch; when I looked up,
Gray areas cover Humboldt County. three shooting stars fell. In the morning, I crouched in dew-chilled grass
Coastal fogs roll in each morning, to pet Beebee, splaying my fingers in her morning-sun-warmed fur.
misting redwood canopies with life- Such comforts ended after the first paddling lesson began, on a
sustaining water. In summer, haze small flat pond amid the cabins. In minutes, I was upside down and

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side, reach the tip of the paddle to the surface, and sweep it in a wide
arc, applying only the faintest pressure, to create a centrifugal force
that rights both boat and boater.
My teacher, a 27-year-old New Zealander named Daan (Like
naan, he explained cheerfully. The bread.), had his hands full with
me. I had, apparently, forgotten everything Id learned while kayaking
in New England. My boat, even on flat water, was more or less
completely out of control, which made me frustrated, which made
things worse. I asked Daan to talk me through each component of
each motion, to try to fix it in my head. Then, when I tried to put it into
practice, I went back into a wobbling spin. Or flipped the boat. Again.
Daan explained that some instructions are like laws, and some
are just guidelines. The ones concerning waters flow are laws, because
water always behaves the same way. Waters First Commandment,
for instance, is Thou shalt raise the kayaks edge at every turn across
underwater, jerking my hips and the line between the main flow of the rivers current and the eddies
shoulders, trying not to panic, trying (which flow the opposite way). Fail to raise the kayaks edge, and the
to get myself upright, waiting for eddy, gremlin-like, grabs the boat and mercilessly turns you over.
the Hand of God. On the other hand, instructions concerning my technique
The Hand of God is what kayakers (when exactly to paddle, and how) were guidelines, because I was the
call the rescue technique of flipping inconstant, unpredictable factor here, and only by developing an
another paddlers boat after it has intuitive feel for the river could I know how to angle the paddle for
turned over, which happensa lot this or that stroke. My instincts didnt want to accept this distinction,
to most beginners. Otter Bars teachers but my experience insisted upon the point, emphatically and
are masters of the Hand of God, repeatedly, when we moved from flat water to the flowing river.
which they employ while teaching the To paddle down the river, to be on and in the current in the intimate
basic kayaking skill that will render it way that kayaking allows, is something that everyone would get to
unnecessary. This move is the roll. experience if life were truly fair. Sitting on the river, you can feel fish
The roll is an art of self-rescue, bump their heads against your boat. Unlucky ones end up as lunch for
as one teacher explained: a complex birds of prey. Dragonflies hover, their abdomens streaked with the
movement involving the hips, back, brilliant reds and blues that, in the age of TVs and computers, we have
arms, and shoulders. It is a way of learned to call electric. Even absolute beginners can enjoy all this, but
harnessing the laws of physics, but it enjoyment is always subject to respecting the First Commandment.
conflicts with our natural instincts. And so it was that, on an afternoon packed with such pleasures, on
Turned upside down underwater, a glorious stretch of calm water with not a rapid to be seen, wonder lulled
most people whip their torsos around me to into forgetting the law. A gentle eddy flipped me like a playing
to lift their heads toward the surface card. Then it happened again. And again. All inside of a single hour.
of the water. This does not work. What Daan Hand-of-Godded me and towed me to shore. I dumped the

BR OWN W. CA N N O N I II / IN TE RS ECT ION P HOTOS . IL LUST RAT I ON BY M E RY L ROW IN


does work is to snap the hips to one water from my kayak, and then I basically melted down. I am holding
you and everybody else back, I told Daan. Maybe I shouldnt even
be here, because I cant stop messing up.

COAC H C R E ATIV E DIR ECTOR


Ive done several long train journeys
STUART VEVERS around America over the last

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few years, and Ive ended up going
to some random towns because
the train just happened to stop there. Id jump off at one in the morning
in a place Id never heard of. Marfa really stood out. It was fascinatingthere
are just so many contrasts. I stayed on a ranch and went horseback
riding, and then I was exploring these Donald Judd sculptures and the
art scene. It was a very special place, I thought.

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Daan listened, then calmly answered: The water is deep. The day is
warm. I am here to help you. And even if you flip again, its just another
chance for you to practice feeling uncomfortable when things go wrong.
After that, the day got better. In a quiet stretch of river, it occurred
to me that learning to kayak has something in common with the ruder
awakenings of travel, the times when what is true at home proves
useless for coping with surprise. A beginning kayaker faces the same
choice as a first-time visitor to a distant country. Cling to your instinc-
tive way and deplete yourself, or surrender to circumstance and grow.
That night, I said some words to this effect to the Presbyterian
minister. He answered, Isnt it strange how sometimes we panic and
sometimes were calm, in the same kind of situation? And we can
never fully know why that is. Then I went to bed and had a nightmare.
I tried to capture beautiful hummingbirds, and each time I caught
one in my hands, its little red head would explode.
Learning can take the shape of a story: beginning, middle, end.
Or learning can happen like meditation: frustrating, until its not. The
rivers surface always changes, requiring constant adjustments of
balance and tensions in the body. Daan was like the rivers interpreter,
calling out its commands. Relax your face, relax your hips, relax your
shoulders, relax your hands. I tried to adjust, to keep the current
flowing beneath the boat, and I kept failing. But somewhere in this
repetition, for no reason I can name, my failures seemed to matter a
little lessto stop being a judgment on meand it seemed as if I
had escaped myself, had joined with the river, even though the next,
clobbering moment always dragged me back, still tense, still scared.
During breakfast before our final paddling trip, Daan told me
I had two options. Dont simplify this to easy or hard, he said.
Think about it in terms of what youre doing with your skills. You can
consolidate. Or you can consolidate and expand, and have more fun.
Skeptically, and feeling coerced (but also grateful for the invita-
tion), I chose fun. On the river, my performance wasnt perfect, but
there were more of those instants when I let my body think for me,
the First Commandment making itself at home in my
bones. At the end of the day, as my kayak approached
The
Details the last stretch of rapidsa more challenging series
Visiting Otter than anything wed faced all weeka salmon leaped up
Bar Lodge,
page 119
and did a somersault in the air. The creature was so
close that I could hear its flesh flap as its muscles flexed.
Thats good luck! someone yelled, and the kayak was drawn for-
ward, currents jumping all around, and the inside of me shifted.
My consciousness did not split, exactly, but it encompassed more
than Id been able to keep track of before. I was borne ahead by the
moment, not swamped by it. The wave beneath me lifted me up to see
the waves ahead. I could see them coming in rows, the next three or
four, and I reached out my paddle as if to greet them: a hug for that big
lunk to my right, a love pat for the little monster on my left. I made
it through them all by moving with them, and I did not flip over, which
made me feel sufficient and competent and strong, in a way that
I could not recall ever having felt strong before.
For our last supper, Peter and Kristy hired musicians. The banjo
player could have been a cairn of river rocks come to life. On a screen,
projected, were pictures that Peter had been taking of us all week.
Did I really look like that? people kept asking one another. Because
we all looked good, relaxed, residing fully in our bodies. Wine flowed,
dusk faded, and everybodys posture seemed slightly to improve.
From left: Sun Valley Lake and Bald
Mountain; a rooftop fire pit at Warfield
Distillery & Brewery, in Ketchum.

avocado, hummus, the resort hosts talks


carrots, edamame, and by literary giants
balsamic vinaigrette. during the Sun Valley
Writers Conference
AFTERNOON (svwc.com). Some
Stroll along East last-minute event tick-
Avenue to Maison et ets are released, but
Cadeaux (maisonet for a full pass, register
cadeaux.com), a slice in January. Starting
of Provence complete in mid to late July, the
with European linens Pavilion is home to the
and china and a acclaimed Sun Valley
French-speaking staff. Summer Symphony
Pop next door to (svsummersymphony.
Ketchum Flower Co. org). The group is

A SUMMER MORNING
Start the day with
to extreme. For
great views of the
(ketchumflower.com),
a boutique selling
a whos who of musi-
cians from top philhar-
DAY IN brioche French toast
at local favorite the
Pioneer Mountains,
take Lanes Trail and
jewelry, soaps,
candles, and gifts.
monics and offers
free concerts featuring
SUN VALLEY, Kneadery (kneadery. stop at the picnic-
table overlook.
Then visit Sun Valley such celebrated
soloists as Joshua Bell
IDAHO
com; entres $9$12), Wine Co. (sunvalley
then walk over to wineco.com) to stock and Rene Fleming.
adventure outfitters LUNCH up on libations for your
Theyre known for winter the Elephants Perch Enjoy a well-earned alfresco dinner. LATE NIGHT
sports, but Sun Valley (elephantsperch.com). meal on the patio Head back to Ketchum
and neighboring Ketchum Tell staffers your at Bigwood Bread EVENING to go stargazing on
are equally vibrant in preferencestrail or (bigwoodbread.com; At around 5:30, stop by the roof of the Warfield
warmer months, when the off-road, lake or peak entres $11$18), in Rasberrys (rasberrys. Distillery & Brewery
mountains are awash in and theyll map out the center of town. The net; entres $14$16) (warfielddistillery.
artists, adventurers, a route and make sure menu is mostly salads to pick up a picnic box com). Abundant heat
and tech titans. you rent the right gear. and sandwiches, but (call in the morning lamps and fire pits
The Adams Gulch even the simplest to place an order), then (not to mention the
trailhead is a starting dishes stand out. Try stake out a spot on the house-made beer and
point for hiking and the chicken-salad lawn of the Sun Valley liquors) take the edge
mountain-biking trails sandwich or the kale- Resort Pavilion. off any evening chill.
ranging from moderate and-quinoa wrap with Early in the summer, elizabeth youmans

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C H EF A N D R ESTAU R AT E U R
I always go to the southern coast of
EDWARD LEE Maine with my family in August. Its there that
ON MAINE I discovered I love sailing. We get a real
captainI dont get my family lost at seawith
a gorgeous wooden sailboat with a 40-foot mast. I took my three-year-old
daughter about 10 miles out to sea. It was cold and windy, with salt
water crashing in our faces. Its not martini-in-your-hand, lounging-on-
the-deck kind of sailing. She was scared at first, but she loved it.
Its a part of nature that is beautiful and frightening at the same time.

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From left: The Mariah Wright
House at Appomattox Court
House National Historical Park;
the entrance hall of Monticello.

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the cosmopolitan? And how to re-
member its complex past?

On a road trip from Richmond into From the vantage of


the Blue Ridge Mountains, tess taylor DAY 1 the interstate, it can
explores the places where the states complicated RICHMOND appear as if Richmond
past meets its dynamic present. paved over its Civil

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parking lots. But off the freeway, the
hen I was a child, my family traveled often from our home in citys neighborhoodssettled, like
California to visit relatives in Virginia, where my father has Rome, around seven hillsare having
roots that go back more than three centuries. There were great- a renaissance. The old brick buildings,
aunts, ham biscuits, whole afternoons spent on the back porch once run-down, now house shops
absorbing family stories. Back then, the state felt like a place bursting with life. Soon to join them is
crowded with deft politenesses, historic-house museums, and the futuristic Steven Holldesigned
ancestral ghosts. But on recent trips, Ive noticed that Virginia Institute for Contemporary Art.
has become less ye-olde, more global. Its capital, Richmond, which After arriving, I checked in to the
once languidly muffled the merest ripple of the new, has embraced Quirk Hotel, a converted 1916 depart-
the current artisanal mood, as if recasting the states Jeffersonian- ment store where guests can dine at
farmer roots for the 21st century. In some ways, its hipper than the restaurant, Maple & Pine, under
Oakland, Kristen Green, a writer I know from Richmond, told me. original vaulted ceilings or order a
Kristen was one of several friends and family members who would cocktail at the rooftop bar. Then I
join me for stretches of a lazy loop from Richmond to Charlottesville headed out to explore with my aunt
by way of the Blue Ridge Mountains, then back to Richmond. While Martha, a Virginia native who has
much of this trip would be through places I have been visiting since lived in Richmond for nearly four
childhood, Id been wanting to absorb the changing Virginia. The decades. We didnt used to walk
Commonwealthwhere Thomas Jefferson, of whom I am a distant around here, she said as we wandered
descendant, helped forge American democracy while owning slaves the surrounding arts district. That
has always embodied American paradoxes. Today it faces American seemed a shame. Richmond is a

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Grape gazpacho at
Rappahannock, a
restaurant in Richmond.

tremendously fun place to walk, and to eat. Chef Adam Halls Saison
Market in nearby Jackson Ward, where I saw a woman studying
Japanese amid shelves stocked with local bitters and jams, might have
been any hip spotbut then I tried the fried-chicken biscuit. As I bit
into the flaky wonder, I gasped: it was the best Id had since the last
time Id tasted my great-aunt Nancys in the Blue Ridge, years ago.
Whats the secret? I asked. Adams been experimenting, the wait-
ress said, winking. He puts in as much butter as the flour can hold.

I cant leave yet, I told Kristen the next day as we


DAY 2 headed downtown before I hit the road. Weve barely
INTO THE started. The Gothic faades made me think of one of
BLUE RIDGE
the citys most famous denizens, Edgar Allan Poe, but washboard kept time, a grizzled man
the energy in the streets was modern. Crisp blazers hung in the flag- named Wilford escorted me to the
ship of Ledbury, an excellent local mens-luxury-apparel company. We square dance. We shuffled. We
popped into Black Iris, an artist-run gallery and performance space do-si-doed. As we swung our partners,
where Poe has been honored with a raven stenciled onto the wall. We I looked each one in the eye. I could feel
grabbed lunch at Rappahannock, whose owners have been promoting how, on the cold rim of a remote
sustainable aquaculture in the Chesapeake region. The oysters had a mountain, a community needed to
clean, almost freshwater sweetness. To our delight, there was Prosecco dance together this way.
on tap. Kristen insisted on walking me by Mama Js, a classic soul-food
restaurant in Jackson Ward. As we opened the door, the smell of At the center of town
cobbler rushed out. I succumbed to the coconut cake. DAY 3 is a store called the
The two-lane road out of Richmond, lined with creepers and FLOYD Republic of Floyd. It felt
coppery streams, felt unexpectedly quiet after the excitement of the fitting for a town so
city. I passed Farmville, the college town where my grandparents met, radically its own: at once hardscrabble
and got out at Appomattox Court House, the place where General Lee and hippie. At the farmers market,
surrendered, now a national historical park. Stately 19th-century vendors sold fresh-dyed yarn, sausage
buildings edged emerald fields. The afternoon blazed honey. This, too, sandwiches from a makeshift griddle,
is quintessentially Virginian: stretching your legs on a battlefield. even kombucha. At one stand, I met
About 90 minutes later, I reached the mountain town of Floyd to join James Grant, a bearded craftsman
my friends Allison and Erika for a jamboree at the Floyd Country Store, with a callused grip who was hawking
a century-old restaurant, candy shop, and weekend music venue. It has stunning hand-turned wooden bowls.
become a hub for bluegrass enthusiasts traveling the Crooked Road, a When I asked if I could order one
network of rural highways linking music halls across a 300-mile stretch online, he pressed a card into
of the Blue Ridge. Outside, a man in a converted short school bus my palm. Just call, he said. Ill find
dubbed the Free Tea Bus handed out herbal tea. Inside, the accents were someone who can e-mail you.
thick, the ladies wore tap shoes, and the gents played spoons. Most Later, at Foggy Ridge Cider, an
N O RM SH A F E R/ TH E WAS H IN GTON P OST / G E T TY IM AG ES . M A P BY H A I SAM HU SS E IN

of the dancers looked over 70 or under seven. As fiddles wailed and the orchard so remote we felt we might
bump into Johnny Appleseed, Allison
and I tasted ciders made from 18th-
century apple cultivars. One of them,
First Fruit, comes from acidic Hewes
LE
CH AR LOTTES VIL crab apples of the sort Jefferson
64 75 miles
grew to make cider. Afterward, we
WV 81
wandered the orchards. I felt tremen-
196 miles VA dous tenderness for the gnarled trees,
for their deep roots.
RICHMOND A sharp wind blew and the clouds
APPOMATTOX
360 thickened, so Allison and I decided to
460 hightail it to Charlottesville. Crossing
210 miles PA
NJ Nelson County, we saw the storm
WV
Detail
spread over huge, quilted ranges. It
VA
area was stunning to behold, but I was still
20
FLOYD 0
NC relieved to reach Charlottesville and
MIL ES
ER the charming Oakhurst Inn.
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The lobby of the Quirk
Hotel, in Richmond.

In many ways, this city is


DAY 4 the cosmopolitan heart of
CHARLOTTESVILLE Virginia. It feels like an
extension of Jefferson
himself, full of ambitious pursuits. I
strolled the Downtown Mall, a main
street that was pedestrianized in 1976, a
time when many downtown districts
faced the wrecking ball, and visited two of
my favorite clothing boutiques, Eloise
and Bittersweet. I ate a picnic from Salt, a
roadside stand, on the lawn of Highland, James Monroes estate, saw the cellar from
gazing at the unspoiled hills and the happy sheep wandering by. I met The which Burwell Colbert,
my historian friend Sara for dinner at C&O, a New American restau- Details the enslaved butler,
Hotels,
rant in an old railroad workers bunkhouse where the flavors are restaurants, retrieved cider made
delicate and bright, but the walls are crooked and bourbon- and historical from crab apples tended
sites, page 119
dark. An elderly woman in a classic plaid skirt reminded me of by Wormley Hughes,
my grandmother, 20 years ago. I felt a pang: I realized I love Virginia the enslaved gardener. We no longer
when it changes, but also when it stays the same. use the passive voice, Susan Stein, the
senior curator, told us. We include
Ive always been fascinated by Jeffersons plantation: everyone in the story.
DAY 5 the maps in the entrance hall, the book collection, the Afterward, we walked down to the
MONTICELLO 18th-century orrery, the dumbwaiter he designed to African-American cemetery at the
summon bottles of his cider. When I came here as a bottom of the mountain. As I listened to
girl, it was all about Jeffersons genius, as if America had sprung, fully the wind in the trees, I realized that
grown, from the great mans head. In recent decades, Monticellos Monticelloand Virginiacall to me
historians have worked to craft a fuller account. I wandered with my precisely because they embody the
cousin Gayle, who is African-American and also descended from thorny ways American roots and lives
Jefferson, through the inner workings of the estatethe kitchen, the are linked. Our ancestors are with
upstairs bedrooms, even the privythat are now open to the public. you, Gayle said. I knew she was right.
Among the most important of Monticellos changes is that it now As I drove back to Richmond, I sifted
acknowledges Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who many histori- contradictions, thinking how I love the
ans believe gave birth to several of Jeffersons children. Gayle and I also way this states lush woods keep pulling
me backthe way they seem, on
every visit, to grow more resonant.

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owned restaurants, family travel, suggests
which are usually parents use road trips as
a better option than opportunities to bond
fast-food chains. with their children by
14 Dont have any engaging in collective
place in your car to put activities. She recom-
your cell phone to view mends listening to an
your maps app? Use audiobook that all family
a binder clip and a rub- members are interested
If youre traveling on a major ber band to make your in and playing old-
fashioned games such
interstate highway, use the own phone holder
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president of Royal destination. Kids learn
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agency, advises break- what theyre seeing in a
each person in the from your luggage and carrots, apples,
ing up long car drives way thats personally
car and refill it along fill it with daily essen- grapes, boiled eggs,
by stopping every two relatable because
the way. Dehydration tials, such as pajamas and nuts. The protein
to three hours, theyre part of the expe-
can lead to headaches and toiletries. This and fiber in foods like
whether for a meal, to rience, she says. She
and crankiness. saves you from drag- these, Rich says, help
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A glass of champagne
at the Marion-Bosser
winery, in Hautvillers,
France. Opposite:
A vineyard near the
village of Avize.

Wh at w o u l d c h a m p a g n e b e w i t h o u t a l l t h e b u b b l e s ? A g ro u p o f a r t i s a n p ro d u c e r s
i n Fra n c e s s t o r i e d w i n e re g i o n i s d o i n g t h i n g s t h e o l d-f a s h i o n e d w a y
s a n s f i z z a n d t u r n i n g a w h o l e v i t i c u l t u re d e l i c i o u s l y o n i t s h e a d .

by Adam Leith Gollner photographs by Cline Clanet


From left: Bresse chicken
at Racine restaurant, in
Reims; Elodie and Bernadette
Marion tend their vines; a
guest room at La Maison
de Rhodes, in Troyes.

I can t
stand
bubbles, announced Cdric Bouchard, a
scruffily handsome winemaker who
looks more like an indie rocker than
the producer of some of the most
rarefied champagnes in the world.
Bouchard talks quickly and has a lot to saymuch of it expressed in a rural
French version of skater slang. As we stood sampling his wines in the frigid cellars
beneath his home in Landreville, in southern Champagne, he decreed the delicate
pearlescence in one of his experimental cuves to be vachement monstre, quoi
the Gallic equivalent of totally gnarly. This was a good thing, bien sr.
Bubbles may be Bouchards pet peeve, but hes been finding radical ways to
discreetly incorporate them into his wines. His hallmark is a gently elegant
spritziness, as opposed to the Perrier-level carbonation found in many commer-
cial sparklers. Big bubbles are way too present in most champagne, Bouchard
continued. I hate it when you get a bottle with that expansive, nasty mousse.
There is no other word for it: I detestbubbles.

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Champagne, a vast region roughly an hour and a half east of Paris, has long
been dominated by multinational luxury brands that sell industrially made
fizz. In fact, these big houses have cornered more than 70 percent of the market,
buying up grapes from vintners all over the region. Now a new generation of
rcoltants-manipulants (the private farmers who cultivate and keep their
own grapes) is rediscovering the areas little-known heritage of still wines.
Like Bouchard, these artisan producers are creating soulful, homegrown, and,
yes, sometimes bubble-free champagnes that are increasingly in demand.
Few people outside France have ever tried a sparkle-free wine from
Champagne, but these still wines, known as Coteaux Champenois, arent hard
to find locally. You can even buy them at the Autogrill rest stops on the highway
that runs through the region. Unfortunately, they are rarely exported. So for
wine lovers like me, part of the allure of visiting Champagne is the opportunity
to sample these non-bubbly treasures.
In the time it took me to finish half a glass of Bouchards ros champagne, its
effervescence (which began as a very fine bead) had dissipated entirely. Thats
exactly it! he explained, excitedly. I like it when the bubbles are there at the
beginning, in a subtle, silky wayand then, before you empty your glass, they
vanish! This allows you to see that what you are drinking is truly a vin de
Champagne: a wine from Champagne.
Bouchard is adamant that his wines, like all great ones, are capable of trans-
mitting terroir and the nuance of individual vintages. This notion is in direct
opposition to the way major brands standardize their wines, creating blends of
different years so that their nonvintage bottlings always taste identical. While
some champagnes by the luxury brands are excellent, this isnt necessarily true
Bubbles were considered
a fau lt i n w i ne s u nt i l
t h e 1 8 t h c e n t u r y.
The wine shop
at Lpicerie au Bon
Manger, in Reims.
Opposite: St.-Pierre
dHautvillers abbey.
T h at n o n-f i z z y c h a m p a g n e h a s
s uc h a l o n g, i f l a rge l y
of their entry-level offerings, which
account for the vast majority of cham- f o rgot t e n , h i st o r y i s p a rt o f t h e
pagne consumed around the world.
Bouchards pursuit of finessed, less re a s o n t h i s re g io n i s
bubbly wines actually dates back to an
earlier era of wine making in Champagne. re t u r n i n g t o it s ro ot s .
In fact, Louis XIVs favorite drink was non
mousseux wine from Champagne. Bub-
bles were considered a fault in wines until
the 18th century.
The legend goes that Dom Prignon,
a monk at the St.-Pierre dHautvillers
abbey, invented sparkling champagne by His red Coteaux Champenois is proof enough, as I discovered
accident. Come quickly, I am tasting the when he opened a bottle of his Ormes Rouge Les Montes. The wine is a
stars! he exclaimed. The truth is that refreshingly light-bodied Pinot Noir blend with notes of spices and straw-
Prignon was actually more concerned berries. His white Coteaux Champenois is just as good, with more than a
with preventing bubbles from forming, as passing resemblance to white Burgundy. As we tasted, he showed me
they tend to do in this cold climate. an old advertisement for his familys 1928 and 1929 vintages, including
Champagne is a chilly place, even in Vin Brut de Champagne non Mousseux. It was yet another reminder
springtime. Upon my arrival, I noticed that stillwines arent novelties here.
that everybody was wearing scarves. The That non-fizzy champagne has such a long, if largely forgotten,
regions famed underground history is part of the reason this region is returning to its roots. The one
cellars, so vast that you can snag with Coteaux Champenois is that it needs to be grown on the best,
The
Details ride trains through the laby- sunniest slopespremium real estate. As a result, still wines can end up
Hotels, rinthine tunnels, are frigid costing as much as high-end bubbly champagne. There really isnt a
restaurants,
and wineries,
year-round. Champagne is, huge market for these still wines, Brche admitted, but thats not the
page 118 after all, the northernmost point. The point is to show what our landscape is capable of. Plus, like
viticultural region in France. mousseux champagne, its really good with food.
And according to Bouchard, a frosty cellar Many of the restaurants in and around Reims, the regions largest
is one of the key factors in securing the city, are now showcasing these still wines along with the traditional
ultralight bubbles he favors in his champagnes. The Michelin three-starred restaurant in the Assiette
winesalongside low-pressure bottling Champenoise hotel offers more than 1,000 different champagnes (with
and not dosing it with added sugar. all levels of bubbliness) to pair with its particularly haute cuisine: truffles,
Brcheet Fils, in the hamlet of Ludes, langoustines, foie gras, and sea urchin. Rich food like this needs soaring
is a prime source for bubbleless Coteaux aciditywhich you find both in champagne and in Coteaux Champenois.
Champenois, as well as sparkling cham- Nearby, at Racine restaurant, where Japanese chef
pagnes. I want to showcase the fact that Opposite, clock- Kazuyuki Tanaka prepares refined, artful dishes, the
we make wine first and bubbles second wise from top sommelier recommended I try a glass of Mouzon
left: A guest room
and to give people a sense of our terroir, at Htel Les Lerouxs LAtavique champagne with the deconstructed
explained Raphal Brche as he walked Aviss, on the flower-scallop-cucumber dish I was eating. The bottles
me through his familys winery. Like Selosse vineyard; label explained its philosophy: Atavism: the reappear-
a Gothic portal at
Bouchard, Brche is one of the regions Reims Cathedral; ance, in a descendant, of characteristics that belonged to
younger vintners. Brches operation is delicacies at an ancestor. This was a champagne made with the very
bigger than Bouchards, but an emphasis Lpicerie au intention to keep alive the qualities of champagne from
Bon Manger; a
on precision and purity can be seen in picturesque the pastand it paired spectacularly well with my
all of the familys cuves, from their vari- street in Troyes. meal. It was simultaneously old-fashioned and forward-
ous excellent sparklers to their red and thinking, as earthy as it was elevated.
white Coteaux Champenois. The chal- I dont offer any of the grandes marques here, explained Aline Serva,
lenge is to prove that still wine deserves to the stylish owner of Lpicerie au Bon Manger, referring to the big brands
be made again in Champagne, he said. of champagne. Her grocery store has several tables where you can sit and
wash down smoked salmon, Basque charcuterie, and sustainably farmed
caviar with a bottle of Coteaux Champenois from her well-curated selec-
tion. Serva also highlights a number of women-run Champagne domaines
in her selectionsa natural choice, since Champagne today has a strong
female wine-making presence, including producers such as Marie-Nolle
Ledru, Marie-Courtin, and Marion-Bosser. (Continued on page 120)

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Keralas lush,
forested Wayanad
District. The
Indian state is
renowned for its
prolific bird life.
A Journey
of the
Heart
Far-flung destinations still called to
me, though differently now, as an es-
cape. I would not give up traveling. But I
wanted to go somewhere Id never been
with Jima place where no memories
existed and everything was new.
Still reeling from the loss of her husband, Kerala, India, was such a place: rich,
JOYCE MAYNARD traveled with her adult son to mysterious, exotic, unknown. I had
heard great things about the southern
Kerala, India, a destination steeped in exoticism. state along the Malabar Coast, a land of
Yet what she found most transformative colonial tea plantations and dramatic
beaches, rich wildlife, and winding
was not the place itself but simply canals dotted by wooden houseboats.
the state of togetherness. It seemed like the perfect place for a
person to go, if what she wanted was
something shed never seen before.
Still, as I had discovered with Jim,
a new place can feel richer when you

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travel with someone you love. So I
asked my younger son, Will, if hed
come with me. To my surprise and
pleasure, he said yes.
Will, who is now 33, was schooled
early in the joy of travel, and has been
to every continent on the globe except
Antarctica. But it had been years since
wed traveled together. I knew on this
s a woman long divorced, my children grown and trip Id be learning about two things:
gone, I had been for many years a solo traveler. And India itself, and the joy of reconnect-
though there were times that I didnt enjoy sitting ing with my adult son. When was the
alone at dinner, looking at couples all around me, last time Id spent 18 hours sitting
I did love heading out into the world with nothing next to Will, on a plane or anywhere
but my backpack weighing me down. Like a rolling for that matter?
stone, I said. That was me. Never.
Then, just over five years ago, I met Jim, the man We knew that traveling to India
who would become my second husband. We had would be challenging, beginning with
been together only six weeks when he accompanied the long flight. And there is no easy way
me to Paris on a book tour. And heres what I discovered: I might not to adjust to a time change of 10-plus
need a man at my side, but I actually loved the presence of this one. hours. But Will and I soon discovered
Many adventures followed: Guatemala and New York, New England after landing in Kochi, Keralas famed
and New Orleans, and Paris again. In 2014, three years after we met, port city, that the challenge goes be-
Jim was diagnosed with cancer. Nineteen months laterafter a gal- yond mere jet lag. Its about what hap-
lant fight in which we continued to travel, even making it to the top of pens when you set out on the road.
a mountain in Chile on a trip for this very magazinehe died. And of The first stop on our itinerarya
the countless forms of grief that reverberated through my days after, boutique hotel called Purity, set on the
one was the loss of my travel companion. shores of Vembanad Lakecalled for

photograph by M A H E SH SH A N TA R A M travelandleisure.com 101


another two hours journey, to the town of Muhamma. We immediately Another popular activity involves
got a crash course in driving, Indian-stylean experience I can com- hiring a bamboo-decked houseboat to
pare to nothing Ive ever known, though if Id been a character inside explore the inland waterways, which
a video game, this form of getting from point A to point B might have many visitors do in the nearby town
seemed less bone-chilling. of Alleppey. Id seen pictures of these
Even in the hands of a good driver (and we had one, an unflap- boats, and was drawn to the rustic
pable guide named Ranjith), its unnerving at best. Im speaking to charm of their design, with their

P
the frequency with which ones vehicle must enter the opposite lane to round roofs and peaked windows, like
pass. One minute youre racing straight into the something from another century. Some
front of a truck. Veer right, and theres an auto- travelers choose to spend a night on a
rickshaw in your path. Through it all, Ranjith houseboat, but we had only booked one
assured us hed get us to our destination without for the afternoon. To our
difficultyand he did. surprise, however, we
discovered that far from The
Details
being a hundred-year- More on how
urity is billed as ideal for peace and quiet (and, old Keralan tradition, to travel to
Kerala, page
though this went unmentioned, for recovering the practice of renting 118
from the stress of getting there). Vembanad Lake a houseboat dates back
itself was wild with vegetation and unsuitable no further than 1991, when an enter-
for swimming, but we swiftly located the small prising businessman hit on the notion
infinity pool and a pavilion where guests could of using the vesselswhose original
contemplate the water and an impressively di- function was to transport rice and oth-
verse range of bird life. This we did, surrounded by honeymooners. But er goodsto carry passengers instead.
never mind. We had each other, and our trusty deck of cards. I have to be honest here: the house-
Because Purity was located pretty far from any beaten path, our din- boat experience, after the first 15 min-
ing options were confined to those at the hotel. The meals consisted of utes, was not that great. The scenery,
acceptable though by no means extraordinary Keralan dishes (princi- though pleasant, consisted of a lot of
pal flavors: coconut milk, tamarind, banana leaf, turmeric, and curry), other houseboats and the occasional
served at candlelit tables in the gardenthe first of many romantic jackfruit tree. At one point, things liv-
dining spots Will and I experienced together. When the person across ened up when we boarded a smaller
the table from you is someone you once grounded for shooting a BB gun boat to traverse a smaller waterway,
from the window of a station wagon, you may not feel inspired to stare where we observed families doing laun-
for long stretches into his eyes. Still, we had no shortage of things to talk dry, old men tending gardens, and, as
about. Thirty-two years worth, in fact. always in these parts, kingfishers and
And then there were the activities laid out for us. We rode bicycles cormorants, egrets and herons. If youre

L
through the rice paddies, water and workers on either side of us. a birderand we werent, but were
Kerala is a center for growing rice, and it made for a learning fastthere
great morning, pedaling through a network of paddies cant be many places
dotted with people and the vast array of birds that make more deserving of inves-
their home here. On this one ride alone, we saw ibis, tigation than this one.
egrets, three varieties of kingfisher, and herons, some
of them standing nobly in the fields, others swooping
overhead, calling out to one another. Though I was the ater, we took in another
one who taught Will how to cycle, running behind his Alleppey tourist staple:
two-wheeler on a New Hampshire dirt road, it had been a classical Indian dance
more than a decade since Id ridden a bike with him. known as kathakali,
Now he led the way, calling out to me when he spotted which featured a couple
something he didnt want me to miss, and slowing down of elaborately costumed
when I fell behind. actors on a small stage
Back at our hotel, we settled in the pavilion to sip tea and read our lined with drummers. They were re-
books. Whenever I travel, I bring along a novel or work of nonfiction set in enacting, without words, folk legends.
the country I am visiting. This time Id chosen a Rohinton Mistry novel, A If this had been an actual kathakali
Fine Balance. Willy was deep in J. D. Vances Hillbilly Elegy. For me, talking performance, it would have gone on
about a book has always served as a way of exploring larger questions, for hours, but for the tourist crowd
which, in Kerala, we actually had time to dotogether. the show was (Continued on page 121)

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Theres a phenomenon that happens, Ive learned,
after you take a trip with the person you love.
Some of the least enjoyable parts of your
journey become the most memorable.

Colorful boats
dot the waters along
Keralas Malabar Coast.
A Chuck Close
photographic work
at the Henry Art
Gallery. Opposite:
Frank Gehrys
building for
the Museum of
Pop Culture.
GRUNGE
Tech money is transforming Seattle,
bringing with it a newly polished
populace. Can it also establish
the Pacif ic Northwest city
as an art and culture powerhouse?

BY CARL SWANSON
PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVE LAURIDSEN
I couldnt help thinking of the citys other train,
the famous Jetsons-age monorail built for the
1962 Worlds Fair. It once represented an idea
of Seattles futurebut it was clear to me as
I watched the city go by that that future has
arrived, and was being built and rebuilt right
before my eyes.
Of course, the spectacular geography is as
Ive always known it, since I started coming here
to visit friends and family a decade ago: against
the dark Puget Sound with Mount Rainier off in
the misty distance, it remains one of the most
gorgeously improbable urban settings. But the
city that always seemed a bit unsure that it

ON THE
wanted to commit to even being a citymaybe
it was better to just go for a hike instead?is
now a cluster of busy cranes. Before my visit, the
Seattle Times had reported that it has become
the crane capital of America, with 62, triple the
number in New York City, which had the most in

40-MINUTE
2015. Ten thousand new housing units are open-
ing this year, which is a lot for any city, let alone
one with 700,000 residents.
Emerging onto the surface of the city at the
University Street station, near the Seattle Art
Museum (SAM), it was easy to forget the easygo-

LIGHT-RAIL
ing, somewhat threadbare place Seattle was in
the aftermath of the grunge years, when it had a
bit more of an informal, ragamuffin vibe. It was a
time when people I knew from college moved
out here to build an agreeable alt-civilization
tucked safely away off the global grid, with con-

RIDE FROM
venient skiing. My friend Tricia Romano,
the editor of the alternative weekly The Stranger,
who had lived here in the 1990s and then
returned a few years ago, told me recently that
back then it was all about independent busi-
nesses and the underground. Now the place

SEATTLE S
that I used to think of as Berlin in the Cascades
has morphed into something else, like that
amiable stoner friend from college who, when
you do a Facebook deep-dive, suddenly you find
has become a Silicon Valley big shot with a house
out of an HBO miniseries.

WELL-POLISHED
Theres lots to recommend about the
grown-up Seattle, of course: I stayed at the sleek
new Thompson hotel, which is an elegant place
that could be anywhere prosperous in the world,
only with a jaw-dropping view of the sound from
my room and an excellent locally owned restau-
rant, Scout. The city is only becoming slicker:

AIRPORT TO
up the hill from the hotel, Amazon is building a

Opposite:
A sculpture by
Dale Chihuly
at the Seattle
Center.

,
What I once thought of as the
Berlin of the Cascades has
morphed into something else.
$4billion campus that centers on three inter-
connected biospheres containing waterfalls,
a river, and tree-house-like overlooks, all kept at
72degrees, with 60 percent humidity, a climate
similar to Costa Ricas Central Valley. I imagine
it as a fantasy terrarium for nerds, a sort of
amniotic playground for the digital ruling class.
From Boeing to Costco to Microsoft to
Starbucks (and even Nirvana), Seattle has long
been home to a surprising number of innova-
tions and innovative brands, and the wealth that
they bring. Early money was in timber, then
shipping, and now big data. The current digital
boom has made it more populous, and richer,
than it ever has been in its history, thanks, most
prominently, to Amazon, but also to companies
like Google and Facebook and Alibaba, which
have set up shop in its orbit. As a global tech hub,
it is also a lot more transient and increasingly
expensive. From 2015 to 2016, 86,000 moved
in, and one city official told me that 70percent
of the population has lived there for under five
years. As a result, the once bohemian city on
a constrained, hilly isthmus between the sound
and Lake Washington has become a mainstay
on those least affordable places lists. This just
in: the prices of downtown condos jumped
nearly 50 percent year over year. Like San
Francisco, it is filled with young, educated, often
very well-paid people.
Almost as a first order of business, the new
wealth demanded good food, and the city is now
awash in culinary achievement both high and
low (see: Chinapie, a popular pizza and dump-
lings joint). Romano said the skaters have now
been replaced by foodies. It seems like thats
all people want to do when they hang out, she
said. I dont get asked by friends to go to shows,
Clockwise from
plays, museum openings, but to dinner and top left: Pivot
drinks. She does have friends who are inter- Art& Culture,
ested in culture, but fine dining seems to be the a contemporary
space opened
default social currency. We have so much food. by Microsoft
Im so sick of food, she told me, sounding cofounder Paul
mock-weary of the citys increasingly elaborate Allen; London
Pane, a small-
rounds of cutting-edge delectation. plates restaurant
But even as the area has become wealthier, near Occidental
more global, and more delicious, many locals Square; a work by
Richard Serra at
have been frustrated about what they see the Olympic
as a lack of other, non-outdoorsy things to do. Sculpture Park.

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If the property values are heading
the way of San Francisco, its time for
the cultural offerings to catch up.
We have everything that you need, but we just
dont have much of it, Romano said. Theres
good theater, the excellent Elliot Bay Book Co.,
and some legendary music venuesNeumos and
the Showbox and the Crocodile. Pioneer Square
and Capitol Hill have monthly art walks, which
are well attended, even if they are as much social
events as opportunities for collectors to browse.
If the property values are heading in the
direction of sister digital city San Francisco, goes
the thinking, its time for the cultural offerings
to catch up. And there are encouraging signs.
Olivia Kim, another New York friend who was
lured out to Seattle a couple of years ago to take
a big creative job at Nordstrom, is one of the
optimists. Over breakfast at a place called Mr.
West, which she noted approvingly could be in
Brooklyn, she said Seattle was increasingly
interested in fashion, art, stylethings that
in the past didnt seem to have a big impact.
Culture. Were begging for it here, she said.
If theres one person in Seattle who has long
been supportive of the arts, its Paul Allen,
a founder of Microsoft and a prominent arts
philanthropist (and owner of the Seahawks
Above: The view
football team). Sue Coliton, who for more than from the Thompson
a decade oversaw Allens cultural grants, put Suite at the
things in perspective over dinner at Eden Hill, a contemporary art space that opened in one Thompson Seattle.
Opposite: The
an exquisite storefront restaurant in the quaint of Allens buildings in Lake Union, the formerly iridescent skin
neighborhood of Queen Anne. industrial zone where Amazon and other tech of Frank Gehrys
When I moved here eighteen firms have their offices. Pivot sponsored SAMs Museum of
The years ago, she said, what struck exhibition Seeing Nature, which consists of Pop Culture.
Details
Hotels, me was the deep history of litera- 39 European and American landscape paintings,
restaurants, ture and music. She was referring from Jan Brueghel the Youngers allegorical
and art
spaces, to the citys old guard, who liked series of the five senses through to Monet,
page 119 their cultural evenings to be Manet, Georgia OKeeffe, Edward Hopper,
traditional and discreet. The Gerhard Richter, and Ed Ruscha.
visual arts were very conservative. You could These join other blue-chip art spaces spon-
see that at the Seattle Art Museum. Faberg eggs sored by the citys tech billionaires, like the
was the big show. Olympic Sculpture Park, a nine-acre outdoor
Vulcan, Allens foundation, has built or museum with works by Calder, Mark di Suvero,
financed a host of cultural projects all over the Richard Serra, and Louise Bourgeois on a former
city, including the recent Pivot Art & Culture, industrial site down the hill from the Space
Needle. It opened in 2007 with support from
John Shirley, the former president of Microsoft
and a prominent art collector who now organizes
(with Vulcan) the three-year-old Seattle Art Fair.
It brings out-of-town galleries, including
global heavyweights like (Continued on page 121)

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T OW NS A N D

V I L L AG E S

T H ROUG HOU T

ISR A EL A R E

I N T H E M I DS T OF

A C U L I N A RY

R E N A I S S A NC E

T H AT C E L E BR AT E S

T H E R E G ION S

H I S T ORY A N D

T H E DI V E R S I T Y

OF I T S PE OPL E . The minaret of


Al-Jazzr Mosque, in
SA K I K N A F O Akko, seen from the
Efendi Hotel. Opposite:
Whole fish baked in
BR E A K S PI TA . parchment paper with
butter and herbs at
Majda, in Ein Rafa.
Photographs by
Sivan Askayo
EVERYONE
to

the
A generation later, Israeli chefs receive glowing coverage
in the worlds top food magazines. Most gastronomes worth
their Maldon sea salt have heard of Meir Adoni, who helped
put Tel Aviv on the international fine-dining map when he
THE MENU opened the celebrated Catit in 2002. Though Adoni closed it
and its more playful sibling, Mizlala, last December to con-
centrate on opening his first New York City restaurant, Nur,
DE SC R I BE D he still has two other establishments in Tel Aviv, Blue Sky and
Lumina. But while much has been written about Tel Avivs
THEM new culinary temples, the fine cooking of the countryside,
where the ties to the land are strongest, is less well known. So
A S FA L A F E L when I took Lila to Israel for the first time, we planned a side
excursion from Jerusalem to the desert in the south, then to
the hills in the north, skirting the urban sprawl in the middle,
BA L L S . At least, they werent like any eating wherever we went.
falafel balls Id ever tasted, Religion doesnt interest Lila; I couldnt see her getting
T H E Y W E R E and Ive tasted many. During excited about a hike up Masada. Fortunately, though, she is
my 30 years of visiting Israel, fond of the work of Yotam Ottolenghi, the pioneering Israeli-
SH A PE D I have become something of born chef whose 2011 cookbook Jerusalem contributed fur-
an expert on falafel, and I ther to the surge of excitement over modern Israeli cuisine.
can tell you that it is a quint- Thanks to Ottolenghis brilliant and distinctive way with the
L I K E FA L A F E L essentially humble food. multiethnic flavors of his native land, Lila associates Israel
For generations, the people not just with God and the Conflict but also with the sultry
BA L L S . of the Fertile Crescent have appeal of smoked eggplant, mashed with a fork and bejeweled
been dropping clumps of with pomegranate seeds. I promised her that there was more
BU T T H E Y mashed chickpeas into vats
of sizzling oil, and while the
where that came from.

I
recipes vary, they dont vary n Jerusalem, the sun burned hot and bright, and
W E R E much. What you dont expect, only the shady maze of the Old City offered an escape.
when you order falafel, is to We walked the stone streets, fending off the shop-
NOT FA L A F E L bite into a rose-gold sphere keepers with their stockpiles of oil lamps and wooden
of succulent shrimp dusted camels. At last it was time to eat. Rather than cede a few
BA L L S . ever so lightly in panko. But
that is what you get when you
shekels to vendors hawking sesame-encrusted Jerusalem
bagels (bigger holes, lighter dough), we left the commotion
order the falafel at Majda, an of the city behind.
acclaimed restaurant in the hills outside Jerusalem. My wife, Olive and pine trees dotted the brown fields. We turned off
Lila, and I spent a lovely afternoon on the terrace there last the highway onto a narrow road and began our crawl through
summer, taking the first of many bites on a trip across a coun- the Arab village of Ein Rafa. We got lost a few times but even-
try that is in the process of joyfully reinventing its cuisine. tually found it: Majda, a surf shack of a restaurant painted
When I visited Israel as a kid in the 1980s, the food was the same shade as the sky, with accents of pistachio green
nothing special. My dad grew up on a kibbutz where oranges and pomegranate red. Ottolenghi had proclaimed it one
grew in sprawling groves, but most of the fruit ended up in of his favorite restaurants in Israel, which seemed to bode
crates bound for Europe. In the dining hall, the orange farm- well. We sat in the leafy, overgrown garden, where wild herbs
ers stirred orange-flavored syrup into cups of seltzer. Before and flowers spiced the air and the mismatched tables were
the tech boom, Israel had no restaurant culture to speak of. topped with salvaged mosaic tiles. Sunlight filtered through
The only restaurant I can remember was a grill at a gas station the canopy of branches.
where the no-nonsense servers slapped down steaks tough Majdas husband-and-wife owners, Yaakov Barhum
enough to patch a tire. By then Israeli Jews had developed an and Michal Baranes, are central to its appeal. Barhum
infatuation with Arab street food (falafel, hummus, cucumber- is Muslim; Baranes is Jewish. Stories of thriving Arab-
and-tomato salat) but hadnt yet become hip to their neigh- Israeli couples are so rare that if the restaurant served only
bors more complex dishes, which werent commonly served schnitzel, it would be a remarkable place. Suffice it to say,
outside the home, like shurbat freekeh, a soup of green wheat, the restaurant doesnt serve schnitzel. We began with that
and maqluba, a many-layered casserole of rice, eggplant, pota- surprising falafel, then moved on to a flaky white fish
toes, cauliflower, and sometimes meat. Most Jews were still crammed gills to tail with woody stalks of herbs. It arrived
getting to know the land and what it offered. How was a kib- in a parcel of burnt parchment paper twisted at the ends,
butznik raised by Polish or Moroccan immigrants supposed with a puffy white blossom for decoration. The cast-iron
to understand what to do with the plumes of sumac that grow pan of peppery tomato sauce and fresh sardines was a fishy
wild in the Judean Hills? What did the children of the diaspora riff on shakshuka, the beloved Middle Eastern dish of eggs
know about the mixture of local wild herbs called zaatar? poached in a vegetable ragot.

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Clockwise from above:
Uri Jeremias, the chef-
owner of the Akko restaurant
Uri Buri, at a nearby
shuk; the second-floor lobby
at the Efendi Hotel; a
spinach-and-citrus salad at
Uri Buri; the seawall around
Akko, which has stood
for nearly three centuries.
OU R
SE RV E R
A N NOU NC E D
T H AT
T H E R E WA S
NO M E N U.
The Negev desert near
Carmey Avdat Farm, in
southern Israel. Opposite:
THEN THE
A few of the dishes
at Habait, in Ein Hawd,
including tabbouleh,
M A R AT HON
hummus, stuffed grape
leaves, and mansaf
(lamb with saffron rice). BEG A N.
After the meal, we wandered into the kitchen, where just outside the door. Hopping between the pool and a ham-
Barhum greeted us with an easy smile, put down the bowl of mock in the shade of a fig tree was a relaxing way to wait out
harissa he was mixing, and told us about the origins of the res- the heat. When the immobilizing sun finally began to sink
taurant. He and Baraneswho was juggling four or five pans behind the rocky outcrop overlooking the farm, we ventured
on the stovemet some 30 years ago while working together down to the winery for a tasting.
at a guesthouse at a nearby kibbutz. They fell in love, and she Most Americans ideas about Israeli wine dont go beyond
moved to Ein Rafa to live with him. There she the syrupy stuff you might knock back at Passover. But over
began learning traditional cooking from his the past two decades, acclaimed boutique vintners have
The
Details sisters and mother. Eventually she started to sprung up throughout the country. A decade ago, Robert
Hotels and channel their recipes into something new. The Parker, the high priest of wine critics, gave top marks to two
restaurants, restaurant attracted a following in Israel, but Israeli wines, including the 2003 Yatir Forest, a red from a
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its reputation didnt explode until 2013, when winery an hour north of Carmey Avdat. Im no Robert Parker,
Anthony Bourdain featured it on Parts Unknown. Majda is now but the Chenin Blanc from Shvo Vineyards I had with dinner
famous in Israel both for what it serves and for what it symbol- one night in Tel Aviv was light and floral and, all in all, pretty
izes, and Barhum seemed well aware of his role as an ambas- damn good. Though Carmey Avdat helped launch the wine
sador for cultural harmony both inside the kitchen and out. trend in Israel, it isnt at the level of some of the countrys
When you look at history, Muslims, Jews, Christians always newer labels. But it gets the job done. We grabbed a carafe
fightingwhy? he asked us. Why not be gentle? and hiked up a sandy slope scattered with boulders and scrub
grass that overlooked the vineyard. Previous travelers

T
he next day, we drove south into the Negev des- Nabateans, bedouinshad scratched inscrutable symbols
ert, through scrubby hills that gave way to stubbly onto the stones. Night was approaching, and the desert,
wheat fields, which then turned to canyons slash- stretching as far as the eye could see, was turning gold.
ing through barren expanses of rock. The grape

A
vines appeared out of nowhere, tucked into a fold between t the shuk in Jerusalem, we had stocked up on
two parched slopes. Hannah and Eyal Izrael, the founders snacks for the road trip: dried pineapple, salty-
of Carmey Avdat, built their vineyard 18 years ago on the sweet banana chips glazed with date juice, and
remains of an ancient Nabatean settlement. Evidently, the dried hibiscus flowers, garnet-colored and just
Nabateans had figured out how to grow grapes there 1,500 tart enough to summon memories of the Sour Patchfueled
years earlier: the land had been terraced to capture water road trips of our youth. Our route passed through the ruins
from the flash floods that sweep across the desert in winter. of infrastructure built for much earlier road-trippers. We
We stayed in one of the guest huts, in a kind of glamping stopped to tour what was left of Avdat, a city founded in
setup complete with pebble floors and a stone plunge pool the third century B.C. by Nabatean (Continued on page 123)

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The Details
Our guide to this months featured destinations, including the best places to eat, sleep, and explore.

CHAMPAGNE, Glue Pot This pub is among the


best places in the region to get
via a stopover in New Delhi or
Persian Gulf cities such as Dubai,
includes a winery and six modest
but comfortable cabins with

FRANCE
(Still or Sparkling? p. 92)
classic bistro fare. Reims; fb.com/
glue.pot; prix fixe from $13.
La Gare This restaurant inside
Abu Dhabi, and Doha, Qatar.

TOUR OPERATORS
stunning desert views. carmey
avdat.com; doubles from $174.
Efendi Hotel A hotel situated
a former railway station in the Black Tomato This operator within a pair of renovated
HOTELS village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is offers bespoke trips to the region. Ottoman-era mansions in Akko
Htel Les Aviss A renovated run by wine-making estate Robert They recommend visiting between run by restaurateur Uri Jeremias.
10-room chteau in the heart of Moncuit. Its bistro cooking is as October and March and staying for It has 12 rooms with preserved
the Cte des Blancs. Its restaurant good as its blanc de blancs. lagare at least 10 nights. blacktomato. trompe loeil ceilings, a restored
serves traditional dishes and lemesnil.com; prix fixe $28. com; from $2,900 per person. 400-year-old hammam, and
features an extensive wine list Lpicerie au Bon Manger Butterfield & Robinson a 900-year-old cellar turned wine
curated by legendary winemaker Stock up on groceries and the Offers 16-night private trips bar. efendi-hotel.co.il; doubles
Anselme Selosse. Avize; selosse- finest artisanal champagnes after to the Alleppey canals, the from $330.
lesavises.com; doubles from $268. grabbing a bite to eat at Aline temples of Mysore, and colonial
and Eric Servas store. Reims; Kochi. butterfield.com; from RESTAURANTS
aubonmanger.fr. $9,995 per person. Endomela Jeremiass ice
Racine To experience the Our Personal Guest Features an cream shop in Akko, up the street
full range of Kazuyuki Tanakas itinerary with three nights in a sea- from his restaurant, Uri Buri,
meticulously composed facing suite at Brunton Boatyard is a showcase for flavors native
dishes, go for the $100 Daisuki and two nights aboard an extrava- to Israelincluding cardamom,
tasting menu. racine.re; tasting gant houseboat. ourpersonalguest. rose water, and halvah.
menus from $75. com; $11,785 for two people. Ha-Hagana St.; 972-4-955-0481.
FIT FOR Wild Frontiers This operators Habait BeEinHud Inside
A KING WINERIES 14-day trip includes a stint on the this hidden gem in Ein Hawd with
Brche et Fils This family- luxury boat Lotus and accommo- sweeping views of the Mount
owned companys domaine in dations at Neeleshwar Hermitage, Carmel range and the sea, there is
Ludes, in the Montagne de a tropical resort, before ending no menu, only an endless parade
Reims region, can be visited on in Kochi. wildfrontierstravel.com; of deliciously authentic Palestinian
Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. from $3,699 per person. meze and meat dishes. 972-53-
by appointment. bereche.com. 809-4937; $31 per person.
In addition to wine, Champagne Georges Laval Majda This diminutive, unpreten-
Champagne is rich with history. This popular domaine sits on a tious restaurant in Ein Rafa,
Visit Reims Cathedral,
a UNESCO World Heritage
site where French
tiny side street in Cumires. It
produces only a limited number of
bottles of Coteaux Champenois a
ISRAEL
(Everyone to the Table, p. 112)
in the hills outside Jerusalem, has
earned an outsize reputation
thanks to its playful way of turning
kings were coronated. reims- year, so make sure to snag one regional staplesfrom falafel
cathedral.culture.fr. while youre there. georgeslaval.fr. HOTELS to kebabson their heads. majda.
Champagne Marion-Bosser Akkotel This 16-room boutique co.il; entres $21$35.
Situated next to Dom Prignons hotel is embedded within Akkos Uri Buri The Uri is for owner Uri
abbey in Hautvillers, this domaine old city wall. The rooftop caf Jeremias, while the Buri is for fish.
La Maison de Rhodes This has a simple two-bedroom apart- offers a superb view of the skyline And fishalong with a choice of
hotel is housed in a centuries-old ment available for rent by the and the Mediterranean. akkotel. more than 80 Israeli winesis
architectural marvel and has a night. champagnemarionbosser.fr. com; doubles from $200. what youll get at this spot in Akko
lovely medieval garden just a few Jacques Selosse To do a tasting Carmey Avdat Farm Built on the overlooking the Mediterranean.
blocks from the cathedral in here, guests must stay at the site of a 1,500-year-old Nabatean Its prepared in creative ways that
Troyes. maisonderhodes.com; owners hotel, Les Aviss, and settlement on the historic spice reflect the sensibilities of the
doubles from $224. prebook a spot at one of Anselme route through the Negev desert, chef. Ha-Hagana St.; 972-4-955-
LAssiette Champenoise Selosses VIP tastings, which cost this working farm near Sde Boker 2212; entres $18$35.
This property on the outskirts $32 per person and are held at
of Reims is popular for its 6p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays
Michelin-three-starred restaurant. and 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
LOOK TO
Tinqueux; assiettechampenoise.
com; doubles from $199.
selosse-lesavises.com. THE SKY Roughly 600 bird
species call
RESTAURANTS southern India home,
I LLU STR ATI ON S BY H OL LY WA LES

Aux Crieurs de Vin A natural-


wine bar known for its fantastic KERALA, INDIA and Kerala is
country cooking and store (A Journey of the Heart, p. 100) the perfect place
stocked with plenty of organic
champagnes and other French GETTING THERE to spot many,
varietals. If you see a bottle There are three international including kingfishers,
of Jacques Lassaignes white
Coteaux Champenois, get it.
airports in Kerala: Kochi, Calicut,
and Trivandrum. Each can be
ibis, and herons.
Troyes; auxcrieursdevin.fr. reached from the United States

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HIGH idealized version of a small-town
Monticello Americas third
NOTE
presidents plantation is a case restaurant. Queen Anne;
Seattles musical study in the states complex edenhillrestaurant.com; small
plates $12$35.
heritage is on full display
relationship with its own history.
Charlottesville; monticello.org. Mr. West A hip downtown caf
at Sonic Boom. Oakhurst Inn Elegant rooms and with delicious pastries,

The independent record suites in chic, walkable, down- doughnuts, and avocado toast.
town Charlottesville. oakhurstinn. mrwestcafebar.com.
store hosts live music com; doubles from $169. Sisters & Brothers Jake Manny

sessions and sells Quirk Hotel A sophisticated


property in a repurposed 1916
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downtown Richmond. destination
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GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA HUMBOLDT COUNTY, restaurant has added a side James Harris Gallery A go-to
(We Three in an RV, p. 44) CALIFORNIA market that sells local goods and since 1999, known for featuring
To stay overnight at American (California by Kayak, p. 60) delicious fried-chicken biscuits. well-regarded local artists
national parks during the summer Otter Bar Lodge This renowned Richmond; saisonrva.com; like Mary Ann Peters and Akio
months, you may need to kayaking school, which sits entres $15$27. Takamori. Pioneer Square;
make a reservation nearly a year on the Salmon River in Klamath Salt Purveyor of high-end picnic jamesharrisgallery.com.
in advance. If you didnt, reserve National Forest, offers weekly fare in a rustic former gas station Mariane Ibrahim An internation-
a spot at an RV park. The Allstays programs for boaters from May on the Thomas Jefferson Parkway. ally recognized gallery showing
app locates and reviews options to August. To reach it, take the Charlottesville; saltcville.com. a small roster of artists, from
nearby. allstays.com. lodges Saturday shuttle to and Italian photographer Mamouna
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ALABAMA C&O Restaurant A local classic, maritime workers hotel is the museum mixes relatively
(An Island in Alabama, p. 56) open since 1976, serves delec- brands original property. Belltown; spare European holdings with
Dauphin Island Harbor House table New American concoctions acehotel.com; doubles from $219. impressive Native American
Located across the street in a former bunkhouse for C&O Thompson Seattle A sleek, works. Downtown; seattleart
from the islands western beach, railroad workers. Charlottesville; glassy hotel above Pike Place museum.org.
this family-run B&B has 10 candorestaurant; entres $15$32. Market with breathtaking views Studio E A standout gallery in
modest guest rooms, a sundeck, Floyd Country Store A place of Puget Sound. Stop by Scout, an industrial neighborhood south
and boat slips with lifts. diharbor for sandwiches, ice cream, hard the hotels restaurant, for upscale of the city thats now a hive of
house.com; doubles from $149. candy, and authentic Appalachian versions of regional fare, like activity for artists priced out of
Fort Gaines This fort on the music, especially during the dry-aged beef with smoked downtown. Georgetown; studioe
islands eastern tip was a key site famous Friday Night Jamboree. asparagus and red-wine syrup. gallery.org.
in the Civil Wars Battle of Mobile floydcountrystore.com. thompsonhotels.com; doubles TK Lofts Opened in June
Bay. dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines. Foggy Ridge Cider Sample the from $239; entres $23$33. 2004, this multi-gallery building
Isle Dauphine Supper Club hard cider at this restored is one of the best stops on the
A circular 1960s restaurant 18th-century farm in the town of RESTAURANTS First Thursday art walk in Pioneer
and event space with panoramic Dugspur. foggyridgecider.com. Chinapie Pizza and dumplings in Square. tklofts.com.
views of the beach, its the only Mama Js A Richmond staple the up-and-coming neighbor-
upscale establishment on Dauphin for mouthwatering soul food and hood of Fremont. chinapieseattle.
and the best place for a surf- cakes to die for in a cozy dining com; entres $9$26. Content in this issue was produced
and-turf platter. isledauphine.com; room. mamajskitchen.com; Eden Hill This adorable temple to with assistance from Adventures
entres $10$29. entres $8$15. freshness and seasonality is an by Disney and Quirk Hotel.

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vin clair, the freshly fermented wine it shouldnt be insipid or neutral.
destined to become champagne after When you get a sparkling wine made
undergoing the mthode champenoise by a technician you cant tell where it
to add bubbles. These still wines are was made.
different from Coteaux Champenois Selosse has the ability to explain
in the sense that they arent a final Champagnes complexities in simple
product. They tasted luminous, with a terms. The idea of terroir exists all
haunting floral perfume, somewhere over the whole planet, he said as
between jasmine blossoms and wild songbirds chirped away in the back-
irises. Vin clair transmits the essence ground. The United States, for
(Champagne, continued from page 98) of Champagnes terroir, Laval example, has barbecue culture. I
Many young winemakers hang out explained. Its a reminder that real always tell Americans to think of bar-
at Aux Crieurs de Vin, in Troyes, champagne is an elemental thing, a becue as a way to explain whats hap-
which is an hour and a half south of gift of the soil tilled by actual crafts- pening here in Champagne. Sunday
Reims, not far from Bouchards vine- people as opposed to a product neces- barbecue has an ambience around it,
yards. Once the regions prosperous sarily destined to be marketed as a a ceremonial aspect, a way of doing it.
capital, Troyes has stayed delightfully luxury good. The sauces and the rubs and the
stuck in time, filled with slanting, As good as his vin clair was, Laval methods of marinating or smoking
centuries-old, half-timbered houses, stressed that it was not a finished differ from state to state and from
giving it the feel of a Shakespearean wine. It is still taking its form, he region to region and even from pro-
set. Aux Crieurs de Vin specializes in explained. And it becomes even bet- ducer to producer. The same thing
no-frills French-country cuisine in a ter with bubbles. After all, bubbles are applies with champagne.
historic building in the center of what we are! Laval makes small Although Selosse doesnt sell
town. The front section is a wine quantities of all his different wines Coteaux Champenois wineshe
store where you can pick up a bottle and champagnesaround 10,000 says theyd be too expensiveI was
of natural wine, like a Savart or a bottles a year, as compared with the ecstatic to taste his red wine, the
Jacques Lassaigne, to drink with your 26million bottles Mot & Chandon Lubie rouge, when I visited. As soon
andouillette or roasted lamb in the produces annually. And he makes his as I tried it, I could tell that it is what
back dining room. red Coteaux Champenois only in cer- wine used to be in Champagne: a
Vincent Laval, who makes wine tain years. The one I was lucky wine for kings. It had a sensationally
under his fathers name, Georges enough to try had a lovely, slightly floral bouquet: a combination of rose,
Laval, is one of the regions elder tannic, cherry-juice quality. raspberry, and lychee. It was a
statesmen. His family has been Like Laval, Domaine Jacques glimpse into the past, yet as I tasted
growing grapes here since at least Selosse is renowned for the rarity it, I also felt like I could see a future
1694, and his father is seen as a pio- and the qualityof its bottlings. This in which bubbleless champagne
neer in organic viticulture. When I maison is run today by sixtysome- could become as important as it
visited his winery in Cumires, a vil- thing legend Anselme Selosse, a cen- once was.
lage not far from Dom Prignons tral figure in the viticultural A bubble is, in effect, a defect
abbey, Laval, bearded and burly, revolution, whose wines fetch signifi- but what a remarkable defect it is,
greeted me. He was eager to show me cant sums. Selosse makes a wide vari- Selosse pointed out. Its a fault that
the intricacies of making his various ety of champagne at his cellar in became an accessory. And now that
wines and champagnes. He pointed Avize. (Its a family operation: his son, accident is part of the texture of our
out two kinds of vine root systems Guillaume, works with him at the wines. Its an espuma in the mouth,
planted on the walls of his cellar. On winery while his wife, Corinne, helps like a pillow your taste buds recline
one side were vines that had been run a small, elegant hotel inside the on. Its something that gives consis-
treated with pesticides and synthetic chteau.) A tasting here is an oppor- tency. And really, we dont have the
fertilizers. Their roots were shallow, tunity to experience everything that choice: our identity is in the bubbles.
growing horizontally across the top Champagnes terroir is capable of But what about the fact that all
of the soil. Next to them were vines specific parcels, vintages, blends, and champagnes used to be still wines? I
grown organically, with roots that styles. Selosse surprised me by men- pressed him.
grew vertically, deep into the ground, tioning that he even makes a Coteaux Centuries ago? he retorted.
in search of nutrients. This method Champenois, although he does it in Nobody today knows what those
may produce more grapes, he con- such small batches that he ends up wines were really like. The fact is,
ceded, pointing at the shallow roots. giving most of his bottles as gifts to tradition is something that renews
But these grapes, he turned back to friends and family. itself. Tradition does not mean
the organic roots, have a more pro- Our whole aim is to highlight being bound by the past. It simply
nounced minerality, a greater aro- where our wines are made, Selosse means respecting those who came
matic complexity, a much stronger said. What is champagne? It is a wine before, and knowing where youre
depth of flavor. from Champagne. You need to be able headedwhile simultaneously living
He offered me some of that years to taste where it is from, which means in the present.

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a host of deer. For the next two days, we
woke early to stake out a watering hole
in hopes of seeing a tiger. Sadly, we nev-
er did (though the sightings of Nikons
with impressive lenses were plentiful).
We ended our trip at the Tranquil
Resort, in Wayanad, where we walked
manicured paths around the cof-
fee plantation and shared meals with
our fellow travelers and Indian hosts.
(India, continued from page 102) The only uncomfortable moment oc- (Seattle, continued from page 111)
kept to an hour. Though the whole curred when a guide accompanied us David Zwirner, to complement the
thing proved interesting, an hour felt to a nearby village, where the people work of ambitious local galleries
sufficient. For the rest of the trip, Willy seemed to live in total isolation from like James Harris and Mariane
and I practiced exchanging kathakali- the outside world. I had expressed un- Ibrahim, which are in a building full
style glances, heavy on exaggerated ease at the idea of tromping through of mostly emerging spaces in Pioneer
raising of the brows, fierce grimaces, their village this way, and though our Square called the TK Lofts. (On view
and heavy-duty eye rolling. guide assured us that there would be when I was there: a collaborative
From Muhamma, we headed north no issue, their unsmiling faces sug- multimedia experience about
by train to Nileshwaran eight-hour gested otherwise. As did the explana- the LGBTQ experience by the artist
journey. Though wed procured tick- tion, offered toward the end of our Laura Rodriguez.)
ets in first class, we concluded that the outing, that the villager whod walked If the city is becoming something
cheaper seats, though marginally less alongside us had been dispatched to do of a serious art town, thats because,
comfortable, were superior on two so to avoid any trouble. as Shirley told me, its the thing
counts: the air-conditioning wasnt My son and I cut the visit short at that happens in any city in which

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frigid, and there were large windows this point. people want to live.
from which we could see the country- So heres the truth: our trip to Kerala
side. Eight hours later, we were finally was disappointing. When it was over, he SAM, which was founded in
rewarded with our favorite stop of and Will and I reflected on the high 1933 by a prominent local doc-
the journey: Neeleshwar Hermitage, points, we agreed that the bird life was tor with a taste for Asian art,
a sprawling resort made up of attrac- terrific, we loved watching elephants has been run since 2012
tive cottages overlooking the spectacu- wander in the wild, and wed eaten by Kimerly Rorschach, who
lar Malabar Coast. At Neeleshwar, we some great meals. And I cant think has been trying to put it on
started our days with a tonic of lem- when we had a better time together. the contemporary-art map. I
on, ginger, and mint, and platters of There is a phenomenon that hap- came here because I thought, What
fresh fruit, consumed in the garden pens, Ive learned, after you take a trip are these global companies going
with crashing surf beyond us. I swam with a person you love. Later on, some to mean for the Seattle Art Museum?
in the ocean several times a day, near of the least enjoyable parts of your she said when I met her in her corner
what might have been the most perfect journey become the most memorable. office amid the skyscrapers down-
stretch of sand Id ever set foot on. In Now, I expect Will and I will laugh town. Huge things are happening,
between, Will and I sampled ayurvedic about those six hours we spent at the and, as you know, any art museum
spa treatments, took an Indian cook- watering holewaiting for the tiger is tied to the fate of its city.
ing class, and shared long talks on the that never showed up. I look forward to She said that Seattle has responded
porch of our bungalow. I read my book; the moment when we will be together enthusiastically to her contemporary
Will played his guitar. And I reflected and shoot each other a kathakali-style and experimental programs, men-
on how good it can be to simply share eye roll, and understand. tioning the long lines that weekend
a space with a person you love, even Theres always something to take for Jacob Lawrences amazing
when no words are exchanged. away from any journey. You got to swim Migration Seriesa depiction of
I could have happily stayed on in the moonlight on the Malabar Coast. African-Americans moving to the
at Neeleshwar, but our tour opera- You dined on prawns as big as your North to find jobs and freedom. She
tor had other ideas: a game preserve, hand, drenched in seasonings youd expects an upcoming Yayoi Kusama
Nagarhole National Park (accessed never known before. You watched a exhibition to be a blockbuster.
after another somewhat harrowing kingfisher, blue as the brightest Crayola Sylvia Wolf, the director of the
five-hour drive), where our quarters in the box, swoop over an inland wa- Henry Art Gallery, a museum at the
at Little Bison resort consisted of an terway. And along the way, you learned University of Washington, just north-
African-style tent with a nonfunction- something. That in Kerala, for example, east of downtown, has been on the
ing telescope. The first afternoon, we a second-class ticket may be preferable vanguard of contemporary art for
set out on a boat that allowed us to see to one in first. Even better, I have come years. As soon as I met her, she took
more astonishing birds, as well as a few to decide, after my long years of travel- me to the museums James Turrell
elephants, a wild boar, a crocodile, and ing solo: Why not buy two? Skyspaceofficially named, in

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(Seattle, continued from page 121) fresh-faced young people play avant- space, Studio E, which was originally
what must be a kind of terrible pun garde jazz with systematic passion. supposed to be a lighting showroom
on the local weather, Light Reign (Maybe Ryan Goslings character in but has morphed, by happenstance,
and she told me that the whole La La Land had given them all hope.) into a gallery that looks like it
place has changed in the nine years The room was filled with vintage could be in New Yorks West Chelsea
since Ive been here. Its been explo- paintingsincluding an entire wall of art-gallery district.
sive and exponential. Its incredible. clowns. Gilbreath told me, drolly, The All are well worth an Uber trek.
Wolf came out west from the bad thing about Seattle is you can The whole area still feels like a fron-
Whitney Museum, in New York City, always make a living as an artist here. tier town, and the margaritas at El
where she was a photography curator; So what is left of the citys edgi- Sirenito, a biker bar turned Mexican
one of the Henrys strengths has ness? For the most part it has moved restaurant, are a great end to any
always been its photography collection. south, near Boeing Field. One after- adventure. But given the fact theres
On my visit, she walked me through noon, I journeyed out to Georgetown, a place called A Dogs Dream Natural
an extensive Chuck Close show, and we an industrial neighborhood on the Pet Supply a few doors down, you
peered into a gallery where workers south side of the city where the artists should go before the forces of
were packing up Paul McCarthys have had to move, to meet S. Surface, gentrification shake even this place.
enormous, perverse, Bernini-esque a gallerist who prefers to be referred The scruffy optimism of
sculptures of Disney characters. to with the pronoun they. Surface is Georgetown reminded me of a friend
Across town is the Museum of Pop one of the partners in a space called from college, Grant Cogswell, who
Culture at the Seattle Center, which the Alice and came to Seattle from moved to Seattle in the mid 1990s and
started out in 2000 as the Experience New York City two years ago. They became a municipal celebrity for a
Music Project, another Paul Allen ini- were wearing large earrings that read while. Cogswell started a crusade to
tiative. This one indulges his enduring feminist on one ear, 4 life on the extend that old stubby, retro-futuristic
fascination with rock music (dont other. We went to Sisters & Brothers, monorail throughout the city. His
forget, Jimi Hendrix was a local). The a kitschy fried-chicken joint overlook- plan, impractical and visionary, actu-
multicolored crumpled blob by Frank ing an airstrip, where they talked ally won a ballot initiative in 1997 (by
Gehry is not considered one of the about the sense of possibility that a six-point margin), and, when the
architects more successful composi- still exists in a place like Seattle, if it city put up roadblocks, he ran for city
tions (locals dubbed it the hemor- doesnt give in to consumerism. council (and lost). His quixotic story
rhoid) and as a curatorial endeavor The Alice is in a creaky old build- was turned into a movie called
has had its fits and starts. But as a ing with a series of cluttered, making- Grassroots. Seattle then was L.A. in
monument to nerd culture, its defi- things-up-as-they-go-along art 1952, he said in one old article I found
nitely worth the trip. Nearby, the leg- spaces. The gallery had just closed when I Googled him (hes since
endary radio station WEXPwhich a group show called Everyones decamped to Mexico City). I thought
you can stream anywherehas built in 3-D, which was, to say the least, we could still turn the tide.
out lavish studios and a coffee shop delightfully loosely curated. Some Instead, the city was flooded with
and performance space from which of the works were still there the day money, and talent, and ambition, and
you can watch DJs work behind I stopped by, including a spangled this brave new sense of itself as a city
glass. John Gilbreath, a jazz DJ I met banana called Fetish Still Life. of the world, not a place tucked away
through Coliton, showed me the Upstairs, in an attic-like space, the from it. Even the locals arent sure
stations grunge reliquary, where gallery Interstitial was showing post- what it will look like in five years with
original recordings by Nirvana and Internet work, including the arrest- all the new people and all the high-
Green River are kept on display, com- ing, fragmented, selfie-inspired rises crowding the sky. But the food
plete with DJ commentary scrawled surreality of the feminist video artist is great. And while the light rail I rode
on the sleeves. (These guys will Kathleen Daniel. A few blocks away is in on from the airport might not be a
be remembered for years to come what is probably the most elaborate monorail, it got built and works well.
because they know how to write
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I think there is no more, our into the walls, hummus maestros
server announced after we confessed would dole out bowls of the famous
that we were feeling full. Akko versionchunky, with a topping
Oh, but there was. Despite her of whole boiled chickpeas and minced
promise, she set down four more parsley. Akko is what is known in Israel
plates before finally leaving us. By the as a mixed city, home to Muslims,
end of two hours, we had somehow Christians, and Jews. During the
vanquished most of 30 dishes. Crusades, it served as the main port
As we staggered out of the restau- for traders bearing goods bound for
rant, an Israeli tour bus pulled up. Jerusalem, and it retains the relatively
(Israel, continued from page 117) IsraelisJewish Israelislove Arab open-minded sensibility of port cities
incense traders passing through the cooking. Maybe it has something to everywhere. That spirit of inclusivity
Negev on camels. do with a hunger for a certain kind of is what inspired the chef Uri Jeremias
From there, we drove up the coast, authenticity, a visceral connection to to make it his home. We should live
past Tel Aviv, toward Habait BeEinHud, the land that the Jewish people only together, he explained after our meal,
a showcase of traditional Palestinian dreamed of during all those years in because there is no other choice.
cooking in the Arab village of Ein Hawd, exile eating matzo ball soup. Whatever Jeremias, a Buddha with a Moses
near Haifa. There are two things that the reason, Ein Hawd has benefited beard, had never worked in the food
are challenging about eating at Habait. from Habaits popularity in at least industry before opening Uri Buri in
The first is getting there. Google Maps one unexpected way. The village got 1989. The restaurant has since become
guided us only as far as a town in the connected to the electrical grid only 10 renowned for unpretentious seafood
valley below. As the road thinned years ago, after an executive from the that defies categorization, ethnic or
and the pines and cedars thickened, national power company came to the otherwise. As Jeremias explained,
the nice lady in my phone instructed restaurant for lunch and learned that What the dishes have in common is
us to take a right at missing name. her amazing meal had been cooked on that I like to eat them. We agreed to
Locals directed us to the restaurant, a a stove powered by a generator. let the kitchen choose our dishes,
two-story block of concrete and glass omakase-style. Each featured a sur-

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with a sweeping view of the hills and e continued on to Akko, prising combination of the freshest
the sparkling Mediterranean beyond. also known as Acre, an ingredients, simply prepared. We
Our server, wearing a T-shirt that said ancient walled city on the had the sense that Jeremias was toy-
#girlboss, announced that there was sea near the Lebanese ing with our assumptions about what
no menu. Then the marathon began. border. The route followed the dips Israeli food should be. How else to
First came cold salads and dips and curves of the Mediterranean coast explain the flash-seared nuggets of
hummus, baba ghanoush, pickled before plunging into a tunnel bored tuna in a creamy sea of olive oil and
cauliflower and carrots and olives, tab- through Mount Carmel, the ridge yogurt? Who but a trickster deity
bouleh that consisted almost entirely that lies just below Haifa, Israels of the kitchen would have looked at
of parsley, spicy red mahoumarra. third-largest city. We stopped at a a plate of thinly sliced salmon, soy
Then lentil soup, bright and complex, lively beach nestled in the hammock sauce pooling in the gentle folds, and
its broth so fresh I would not have been of shoreline between Haifa and Akko, thought, What this needs is a scoop of
surprised to find the head of a chicken where locals snacked on watermelon wasabi ice cream?
still blinking at the bottom of the bowl. and puffed on hookahs. Sitting there, In 2012, Jeremias opened a hotel near
I glanced at the bread basket and listening to the competing streams of Uri Buri called the Efendi: 12 airy rooms
saw that our server had provided techno surging from the sound sys- in a painstakingly refurbished Ottoman
only a single pita. Naively, I asked for tems of multiple cafs, we could see the palace. Nearby, he has an ice cream
more. #Girlboss gave us a sideways medieval contours of Akko in the dis- shop, Endomela. He took us there the
look before retreating to the kitchen. I tance, the old clock tower and the pine- morning after our dinner to sample fla-
would soon understand why. green minaret rising above the rough vors like cardamom and guava. I had
The hot appetizers included cigars stone houses and the famous seawall. never tried cardamom ice cream before,
of rice rolled in vine leaves as delicate The city is known for an unusual not in Israel, not anywhere, and like so
as nori and stuffed peppers bathed coming-of-age tradition: boys become many of the things Id tasted on the trip,
in tomato sauce. Then came the roast men in the eyes of their friends by it made me think about how much the
chicken with a dipping sauce of piney diving 30 feet from that wall into the countrys cuisine had evolved since the
herbs. And the chunks of slow-cooked sea. As we strolled along the top of the days of orange syrup on my fathers kib-
lamb snuggled against a golden wall that evening, we saw a young man butz. Later, in the marble lobby of the
cupola of rice. And the misshapen, take a running leap and plunge head- Efendi, I asked Jeremias if he had
nutty lamb cakes drowned in tahini- first into the waves. changed his own cooking since opening
thickened gravy. Come morning, fishmongers would Uri Buri back in that era. Frowning and
By now, you can probably guess the set out plastic crates of their gleaming placing his hands on his belly, he
second thing that is challenging about catch in the snaking stone alleyways invoked an ancient Hebrew expression:
eating at Habait. of the shuk, and in the little dens built God forbid if not.

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Worth Flying For

THE WAVE in
COYOTE BUTTES , ARIZONA
Illustration by Josie Portillo

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n desolate northern Arizona, hidden within beneath an overcast sky, walking through a
the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, landscape littered with desert oleander and flying
lies one of the worlds most inaccessible disc and hedgehog cacti, all resplendent with
geological wonders: the Wave, an undulating pink, yellow, and white blossoms. The entrance to
rainbow of Navajo sandstone in shades of amber, the Wave appeared as a slit high in the wall of a
copper, ocher, and umber, created by wind and butte. As I got closer, the striations of the sediment
water erosion over the course of millions of years. unfolded like a tapestry. I entered the canyon cradle,
Because of the fragility of this Jurassic-age phenom- which widened to reveal the Waves full majesty.
enon, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management limits During the final ascent, rain began to fall. Runoff
access, issuing only 20 hiking permits each day. cascaded down the side of the cliff, and almost
Hopeful visitors must apply via a monthly online instantly, the landscape changed colors before my
lottery or in person at a daily drawing at the eyes. The deep reds and oranges of the earth took
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on darker hues, creating what I thought impossible:
visitors center in nearby Kanab, Utah. an even more breathtaking display of natural
After five years of unsuccessful attempts, I was beauty. For permit information, visit blm.gov/az/
finally picked through the online lottery. I approached paria. CHRISTOPHER TKACZYK

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