With the dawn of a new year of travel, I decided to reflect on some past destinations that I especially loved. These five places span the nation, and while they may not be the first spots on a traveler's itinerary, each is a true American gem.
The East Coast: St. Michaels, Md.
It was the best wake-up call I've ever gotten. The sun rose not timidly but blazing its way over the coastal marshes lining Chesapeake Bay in this town straight out of a Currier & Ives print. From my bedroom at The Inn at Perry Cabin, I woke to this pyrotechnic display. Who needs an alarm clock?
Stepping onto my deck, I took a deep whiff of the salty air, and wondered if...