While major U.S. cities may attract top chefs, artists, and hospitality groups, America’s small towns are becoming increasingly cool. With enough cultural attractions to rival any big city and retrofitted motels that will pique even the most refined traveler’s interest, here are the not-to-miss U.S. destinations quickly rising in popularity among today’s jet set. Now is your chance to get to them before everyone else.
With over 400 horse farms and home to 90 percent of the world’s bourbon production, Lexington is already well known by equine and spirits enthusiasts. But with a number of new restaurants and the newly announced craft beer Brewgrass Trail, there’s plenty of reason for gourmands to visit the Bluegrass State’s leading city. Begin a food crawl at The Barn, Kentucky’s first food hall. Under the same roof, you can dine on an all-local, independent lineup of craft ice cream, pasture-raised fried chicken, Greek-style street food, and ramen. Next, venture to Honeywood, a new restaurant helmed by the six-time James Beard–nominated chef Ouita Michel. Refresh at the new 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, which opened in 2016, transforming the historic 103-year-old Fayette First National Bank Building into the city’s first true luxury boutique hotel. End with a night of craft beer at Japanese-inspired Country Boy Brewing, beer garden West Sixth Brewing, and European-style Blue Stallion Brewing.
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