City Design Itineraries: Chicago and San Francisco

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Whenever I visit a new city, I tend to approach my itinerary with design in mind — What are the city’s most beautifully designed hotels, restaurants, and attractions? Where can I shop for art and design-centric items? For those travelers who do the same, I’ve created a few weekend itineraries for Paste, starting with Chicago and San Francisco. Stay tuned for more city guides.

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Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a writer — specifically a travel writer. I think a lot of young people have that dream, but like a lot of people, I’ve found myself writing about everything but travel over the years. So it feels like a special treat when I get to write about my adventures abroad. This recent article in Paste looks at one of my favorite cities in the world, Lisbon. Between its distinctively strong coffee, bottles of crisp vinho verde, and sticky sweet ginjinha, I literally drank my way through the city — and I’ll teach you how to do the same.

We’re number one!

Last month, Conde Nast Traveler readers deemed Charleston the best city in the world. Not in the state, or in the South, or even in the country — in the entire world. I couldn’t help but feel a little pride when I heard the news, but I also thought it was ridiculous. What about Paris? San Francisco? London?

So I decided to go to the source, interviewing people from Traveler, Fodor’s, and TripAdvisor about how their rankings work and how Charleston has become such a popular destination.

From Charleston’s own visitors’ bureau, Frank Fredericks had this to say:

“Most people who can travel have been to all the big cities. They’ve been to all the known attractions in the country such as Disney World and so on. I think a lot of it got even stronger after 9/11 when people realized that they wanted things that are real and authentic. Charleston is very authentic. In a lot of ways, it’s been an undiscovered destination for many folks. So I believe that what people are now looking for is Charleston as an authentic cultural destination.”

You can read the whole story here.