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THE ART OF THE VEER

19 MILES NE OF CLEVELAND IN WILLOUGHBY HILLS, OH

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KODIAK GREENWOOD (POINT REYES), ERIC HANSON (PENFIELD HOUSE), COURTSEY OF MN STATE FAIR, MICHAEL WEINTROB (BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND)

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On 30 leafy acres, the three-bedroom Penfield House (penfieldhouse. com; from $275) was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a man who was 6 feet, 8 inches tall—so expect soaring ceilings and doorways, along with the floor-to-ceiling windows and detailed woodwork that became Wright classics.

Shovels & Rope on stage in the Volcano Room.

Scope Out a State Fair 6 MILES E OF MINNEAPOLIS IN ST. PAUL, MN

And you thought fairs were just about fun rides. Second only to Texas’ in annual attendance and kicking off on August 21, the Minnesota State Fair (mnstatefair. org) is home to the esteemed cropart competition: All entered works are crafted from Minnesota-grown seeds, stems, and other plant parts.

Dig into Country Music Start 84 miles SE of Nashville in McMinnville, TN:

Tennessee’s bluegrass roots literally run deep at Bluegrass Underground (bluegrass underground.com) in McMinnville, a radio show recorded 333 feet below Earth’s surface. Book ahead for seats to the “Volcano Room,” where PBS records shows by the likes of Ricky Skaggs and Lucinda Williams, and bring a jacket— the cave naturally maintains a constant 56 degrees. Back in

the city, bunk up at the Omni Nashville Hotel (omnihotels. com; $229), whose guitar-shaped lobby houses Johnny Cash’s Lucchese boots and Willie Nelson’s bandana. Twentytwo miles south in Franklin, Grays on Main (graysonmain. com), housed in a 19thcentury pharmacy, is a top venue for locals, who gather in its sec-

ond-floor boîte for throwback cocktails and bands from Music City and beyond. One last “must” on your agenda: Sutton Ole Time Music Hour (granvilletn.com), another radio broadcast—this one recorded on Saturday nights in an actual country store in Granville, 67 miles east of Nashville, and meant to relive the early glory days of the Grand Ole Opry.

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