Newfoundland’s newly revived coast
Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula is making a graceful transition from fishermen’s valhalla to tourist getaway, said Jay Walljasper in National Geographic Traveler. Perched above waters that were once among the world’s most bountiful fishing grounds, this easternmost finger of North America is a land of picturesque villages and spectacular landscapes whose “scrappy” locals didn’t panic when overfishing killed their main trade. Harborside shops replaced fishing docks in St. John’s, the provincial capital and one of North America’s oldest English cities; “boats now leave port for whale-watching and iceberg tours.” Take a short drive and you can still find unspoiled land “where caribou roam” and “wave-carved shores” where puffins perch. St. John’s even has a thriving music scene. On a night out, you might hear anything from “homegrown reggae” to a round of sea shanties.
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Crested Butte’s high life
Getting to Crested Butte isn’t easy, but that’s part of the charm of this “boho” ski resort, said Sunset. Located in northern Colorado’s East River Valley, the former mining town has relied on its remoteness to retain a charming quirkiness. Crested Butte is a place where “ski-toting bike riders” pedal alongside hand-painted town buses, and even the Victorian-era architecture feels whimsical. Locals hang out and sip home-roasted brew at Camp4Coffee. Visitors borrow red bikes at Ruby, a “jewel-colored” inn whose delicious cinnamon rolls “have been known to cause more than one skier to miss the first chair of the morning.” And that’s saying something, since Crested Butte’s biggest draw is its slopes. The “steep and chute-packed” runs at Crested Butte Mountain Resort aren’t for the “faint of heart,” but they are the reason why this burg is the “last great Colorado ski town.”
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