Vol. 5 | 2013
YOUR GUIDE TO CULTURAL & HERITAGE TRAVEL AND THE LEADING MUSEUM STORES
TOP 10 CULTURAL FINDS See page 8
St. Augustine Ponte Vedra Floridaâ€™s Historic Coast
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An Ancient & Artistic City Rolled Into One t. Augustine is mostly known for its remarkable history and beautiful beaches, but America’s Oldest City also has a highly regarded reputation as a community of incredibly talented artists and musicians. The multitude of artists who call this charming area home have helped put St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra on the art map and helped earn the distinction of being known as one of John Villani’s 100 Best Art Towns in America. The city has an extensive and diverse collection of art galleries, both large and small, and performing arts venues that range from opera and orchestras, to live theatre and contemporary performances at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. With the goal of elevating St. Augustine into an even higher cultural level and expanding the quality, diversity and recognition of the community’s arts, culture and heritage organizations’ national and international reputation, the St. Johns Cultural Council has implemented a new grant and marketing program. Additionally, the city has invested over $1 million to update the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center as a state of the art, multipurpose venue to host world-class exhibits. To launch this impressive, newly renovated space, St. Augustine is unveiling a very unique exhibit of thirtynine rarely seen works by Spanish artist,
Visitor Information Center
Friday Art Walks’ Galleries
Works of art from the
Picasso Foundation Museum Casa Natal Málaga, Spain Exposición Picasso Arte y Arena
Pablo Picasso. The Picasso Collection, valued at $3 million, is a touring exhibit comprised of Picasso’s two and three dimensional ceramic pieces drawn from the collections of the Picasso Foundation—Museum Casa Natal, Málaga, Spain. The display will be on view at the newly renovated St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, February 8 – May 5, 2013. St. Augustine has uncontested bragging rights for the city’s remarkable history. This First American City has a wealth of historic sites including museums, churches and the landmark Fountain of Youth. Explore this fun, informative and extremely eclectic city’s treasures by bicycle, trolley
ride, horse-drawn carriage or on foot. Meander through the historic town streets of antique shops and boutiques and stop to enjoy a glass of wine or a delightful dinner at one of the charming restaurants and bistros. For a special treat, visit St. Augustine on the ﬁrst Friday of every month for the First Friday Artwalk or the last Saturday of the month for Uptown Saturday Night. That’s when the narrow brick streets become a veritable street party and the unique shops, antique stores and galleries stay open well into the night. An added bonus to your visit: St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra are the home of the World Golf Hall of Fame and the sports “ﬁfth major,” The Players. For more information and to plan your visit ﬂoridashistoriccoast.com. The Cultural Traveler 2013 | 3
Vol. 5 | 2013
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“The Museum Store Association is so pleased to continue our partnership with Shop America Alliance, the U. S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Council and the American Alliance of Museums. Our organization has been at the forefront of promoting cultural and heritage tourism with our members. In this 2013 edition of The Cultural Traveler we are delighted to see many new cultural venues represented. Shopping in the stores of our nation’s cultural institutions supports our cultural heritage, spreads memories of these experiences around the world and promotes international understanding.”
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Contents St. Augustine/St. Johns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Monroe County, Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Sarasota, Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Top 10 U.S. Cultural Finds of 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 California Academy of Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Laguna Beach, California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 San Diego, California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Pasadena, California. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 Cultural California. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 New Mexico Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Bloomington, Minnesota. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 The Henry Ford, Michigan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Jamestown & Yorktown, Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 People & Places. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Sauder Village, Ohio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Destinations to Discover, Artful Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens, Houston, Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Chicago Cruises. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Denver, Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Colorado Springs, Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Loveland, Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31 Bluffton, South Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-33 Savannah, Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-39 Gullah Geechee Culture Halifax, North Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-41 Macon, Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-43 Atlanta, Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45 Travel Packages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-47 Vermont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-49 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-51 Cultural and Heritage Tourism Trends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Travel Planner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53-55 Visit Rochester, New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Publisher and Cover credits, see page 55
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e are pleased to present this fifth annual edition of The Cultural Traveler on behalf of our travel partners, museums, attractions and destinations. We hope you will enjoy learning about the many unique destinaSheila Armstrong & Rosemary McCormick tour Monet’s Gardens at Giverny tions that are featured, and make plans soon to experience them in person. With the convenient Travel Planner section with links to these destinations, we invite you to discover even more about the richness that each of these travel experiences has to offer and utilize it to develop your customized itinerary. New! Visit the TheCulturalTraveler.com archive collection for a convenient online search of all of the cultural and heritage destinations and museum stores featured in the past 5 years of The Cultural Traveler.
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Art, poetry, theatre and all that jazz.
Sarasota arasota has long been celebrated for its pristine Gulf beaches and terrific year-round weather, but surf and sun are not the only features that put the city on the map as a top leisure destination. Sarasota is also a prime arts destination—in fact, it’s king of the arts among small cities nationwide, according to AmericanStyle Magazine. After maintaining the No. 5 spot in the magazine’s annual Top 25 Small
Cities for Art list in 2010 and 2011, Sarasota ascended to ﬁrst place in AmericanStyle’s Summer 2012 edition, in which the city was lauded for its abundant offerings in ﬁne arts, dining, shopping and live performances. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, recognized by AmericanStyle as the central hub of ﬁne arts culture in Sarasota, features 21 galleries of classical European paintings as well as an extensive collection of
contemporary works, American art, art from Asian and Cypriot antiquities and a steady rotation of diverse special exhibitions. Local galleries such as the Palm Fine Art Gallery, Art Uptown Gallery, Allyn Gallup Gallery and State of the Arts Gallery in downtown Sarasota provide a broad cultural canvas for art connoisseurs to peruse, while galleries such as the madeby gallery in the Rosemary District and Clothesline 529 Gallery in Burns Square showcase the cutting edge work of Ringling College of Art + Design graduates and members of Sarasota contemporary art collective, s/ART/q. Keep an eye on Visit Sarasota’s events calendars to stay up to date on arts and culture events taking place throughout Sarasota year-round. Go Beyond the Beaches®. visitsarasota.org/culturaltraveler 1-800-576-3810 Siesta Beach #1 in the USA!
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THE FINEST ARTS IN LIVING COLOR.
Nowhere will you ﬁnd art and culture more colorful than in Sarasota. From the red velvet curtains of the famed Sarasota Opera House to the gold baroque frames of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, we’re home to a one-of-a-kind cultural scene. Visit the artists’ colony at Towles Court, or Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with its legendary seashell design. Dine at one of our many Zagat -rated restaurants, or explore the culinary, art and cultural festivals taking place nearly every ®
week of the year. You’ll see why we’re known as Florida’s Cultural Coast.®
Go Beyond the Beaches. visitsarasota.org/culturaltraveler or call 1.800.576.3810 ®
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TOP 10 U.S.
Captivate your imagination with their creativity, resourcefulness, ingenuity & innovation. ➊ Balboa Park San Diego, California Fifteen major museums, renowned performing arts venues, lush gardens and the San Diego Zoo rolled into one. This is the nation’s largest urban cultural park. balboapark.org
➋ The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
➏ Morse Museum of American Art Winter Park, Florida The world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany is housed in this museum. morsemuseum.org
➐ The National World War II Museum New Orleans, Louisiana Here you’ll learn the story of the war that changed the world. It is dedicated to helping future generations appreciate the price of freedom. ddaymuseum.org
One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings is the newest addition to the Parkway Museum District. barnesfoundation.org
➌ California Academy of
San Francisco, California
Museum Sarasota, Florida
This museum is the “greenest museum in the world” and is home to an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum—all under a 2.5 acre Living Roof. calacademy.org
John and Mable Ringling’s magnificent Ca’ d’ Zan Mansion, the Ringling Art Museum, the Circus Museum and the Historic Asolo Theatre celebrate the history of the American circus. ringling.org
➍ Children’s Museum of Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the world’s largest children’s museum. A visit will jump-start your imagination with its innovative, interactive displays that encourage exploration, investigation and discovery. childrensmuseum.org
➎ The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens Pasadena, California The Huntington is one of the ﬁnest research libraries in the world with an outstanding art collection and breathtaking botanical gardens. Discover treasures at every turn. huntington.org 8 | The Cultural Traveler 2013
➒ Shelburne Museum Shelburne, Vermont Shelburne Museum is one of North America’s ﬁnest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana with over 150,000 works exhibited in 37 buildings, including a round red barn. shelburnemuseum.org
➓ Telfair Museum Savannah, Georgia Telfair Museum’s three diverse sites—two National Historic Landmarks and a contemporary Moshe Safdie-designed building—offer classic to cutting-edge artwork in the heart of Savannah’s vibrant historic district. telfair.org
Let the Wonder Begin at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco! The worldâ€™s only aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum â€” all under one living roof. www.calacademy.org
LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA Laguna Beach is southern California’s premier premier, coastal destination nestled between the sparking blue Pacific and majestic emerald canyons.
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lessed with ideal weather, this walkable village stretches seven miles along the Orange County coastline and offers a year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts, history buffs and beachgoers. Water sports include kayaking among the dolphins, surﬁng, paddle boarding, or snorkeling along the pristine shores of Laguna Beach. Discover world-class tidepools where sea life abounds.
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of the arts is intricately woven into its very beginnings, which is not surprising since its natural beauty has always drawn people here to live, to create and to be inspired. In 1918, a group of early California artists had settled in the area and established the Laguna Beach Art Association. The site of their original gallery would become the Laguna Art Museum, one of California’s oldest cultural institutions. Two years later, the Laguna Playhouse was founded. This critically acclaimed, professional theater company is the oldest continuously operating theater on the West Coast and is home to many world premieres. By decade's end, nearly half of the permanent residents in the city were artists.
Today, art enthusiasts ﬂock to Laguna Beach to enjoy a host of summer art festivals including Festival of Arts, featuring original artwork by 140 of the area’s most accomplished artists; Art-A-Fair, featuring 125 international and domestic artists; and Sawdust Art Festival, a casual arts and crafts event showcasing works by 200 Laguna Beach artists. Sawdust Art Festival also offers a Winter Fantasy Festival during the holidays.
The world-famous Pageant of the Masters is one attraction that is not-to-be-missed! With 90 minutes of tableau vivants or “living pictures,” Pageant of the Masters is a spectacular theatrical event, where classic works of art are brought to life using actors, specialized makeup, sets and lighting. It’s a one-ofa-kind experience and has delighted audiences every summer since 1933. The 2013 theme is “The Big Picture.”
A thriving arts scene, Laguna Beach is home to more than 100 art galleries, artists’ studios and one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. From apparel and jewelry, to objects d’arts, you never know what treasures you might discover as you stroll through the myriad of unique shops dotting the coastline. Other popular attractions include First Thursdays Art Walk, a monthly event featuring 30+ art galleries throughout town; Open Artists’ Studios, a free tour inside the working studios of 35 artists, held on the first Saturday of every month from October through March; and Laguna Craft Guild, an arts and crafts show held on the cobblestones at Main Beach on various Sundays throughout the year.
Additional cultural experiences include the annual Laguna Beach Music Festival held every February, and other various music concerts throughout the year from Laguna Beach Live. The Laguna Dance Festival, happening every September, offers entertainment from world-class dance companies; and, each October, the Plein-Air Painting Invitational, presents a weeklong landscape painting festival focusing on the community, environment and art education.
Laguna Beach features some of the ﬁnest dining on the Paciﬁc Coast. From ﬁve-star restaurants to family favorites, Laguna offers an array of delicious cuisine.
Laguna Beach offers visitors the opportunity to explore their creative side with art workshops and demonstrations, including Sawdust Studio Art Classes, two-hour art workshops taught by local, professional artists. Offered every Friday and Saturday at 10:00am and 2:00pm, class options include fused glass, ceramics, oil painting, jewelry making and more. Take in the Laguna Beach Historical Society, and explore 30 historical bungalows throughout town on a self-guided tour. Art in Public Places presents statues, murals, benches and more, with 70 unique pieces of public art found throughout town.
Sawdust Studio Art Classes offer visitors the chance to be an artist for a day!
Multiple nights are needed to experience all that Laguna Beach has to offer. Check into your own special hideaway from oceanfront spa resorts to charming bed & breakfasts.
Download the free Laguna Beach Travel Info mobile app and navigate your way through Laguna Beach. Current weather, tide tables, events, maps, and real-time local transit information can be found via GPS while in town. App users can also access hotel, restaurant, shopping and activity information at their ﬁngertips.
Visit www.lagunabeachinfo.com or call (800) 877-1115 or (949) 497-9229 to begin planning your vacation today. The Cultural Traveler 2013 | 11
DISCOVER SAN DIEGO’S VIBRANT ART SCENE . There’s a cultural revolution blooming in San Diego’s neighborhoods, and you’re invited to be a part of it. Come discover a vibrant art scene, where upbeat vibes and an irreverent “why not?” attitude inspire eclectic, unbridled expressions of creativity from the underground to center stage. *HWLQVSLUHGDQGÀQGGHWDLOVRQXSFRPLQJFXOWXUDOHYHQWVDWVDQGLHJRRUJDUWV
Balboa Park − The nation’s largest urban cultural park I Tony ® Award-winning theatres I 90+ museums, historic sites & monuments
LOCATIONS The Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049 310-440-7330 The Getty Villa 17985 Pacific Coast Highway Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 310-440-7330 T e Gett Th Gett ettyy Cent Cent ennter er Stoore er r
The J. Paul Getty Museum he Getty Stores offer visitors an opportunity to extend their experience, and sales help support the museum’s programs. The beautiful gifts shown here, along with many more, are available at our stores at the Getty Center and Getty Villa or may be ordered at shop.getty.edu.
ABOUT With locations in Los Angeles and Malibu, the Getty provides a wide range of exhibitions and programming in the visual arts. The Getty Center offers a collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, including European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts and photographs against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens and breathtaking views. The Getty Store at the Center captures the beauty of the collections and offers books and gifts that reﬂect this artistry. Getty Publications produces some of the most beautiful art books available. You can also ﬁnd elegant and educational items that evoke the museum experience, including beautiful scarves, jewelry, ties, calligraphy sets and art kits, as well as toys and games that appeal to young and old. The Getty Villa focuses on the ancient world, housing an extensive collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities in a magniﬁcent building modeled after the ﬁrstcentury Villa dei Papiri.
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The Getty Store at the Villa is ﬁlled with books, replicas of ancient ﬁgures, hand-blown glass made with ancient Roman techniques, ceramic vases from Greece, scarves and dazzling jewelry. Children learn about the past through puppets of mythological creatures and many other toys and games. The Cultural Traveler 2013 | 13
As the birthplace of Julia Child, it is ﬁtting that Pasadena is home to 500 restaurants, serving an array of cuisines from around the world. Take a culinary tour through old Pasadena, or sample dishes at Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts’ student-run restaurant. Stroll through Old Pasadena, a 22-block National Historic District ﬁlled with turn-of-the-century architecture and 200 shops, galleries, antique havens and bistros.
Pasadena A Dynamic City of Discovery dynamic city centered in beautiful Southern California, Pasadena is a city of discovery—from dining and shopping to theater and art galleries. Pasadena offers the business and recreational traveler a surprising combination of sophisticated charm, culture, history and fun. Most famous for hosting the annual New Year’s Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl, Pasadena is more than just a football town. With 14 museums and 11 performing arts organizations, the city is alive with remarkable art, architecture, literature and entertainment. Located less than 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is a pedestrian friendly town with an average temperature of 77ºF, making it ideal for sightseeing year-round. Drawing from its rich cultural heritage, Pasadena is home to numerous worldclass museums and historical sites. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens offers an extensive collection of literary classics, 17th and 18th century British and French art and 150 acres of lush gardens. Seven centuries of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century are on display at The Norton Simon Museum, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Rembrandt and Picasso. The Paciﬁc Asia Museum is dedicated to the promotion and understanding of the arts and culture of Asia and the Paciﬁc, while the Pasadena Museum of California Art features California art, architecture and design from 1850 to the present. In contrast, the Gamble House, built in 1908, is an architectural masterpiece of the American Arts and Crafts era.
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Pasadena’s extravagant City Hall boasts a beautiful Baroque dome, a courtyard garden and relaxing fountain. On South Orange Boulevard, known as Millionaires’ Row, there are landmarked mansions to rival the most opulent homes of Beverly Hills. Be sure to leave time to hunt for treasures at the massive Rose Bowl Flea Market. Download the free GoPasadena Smartphone app for more information and to plan your visit, or contact the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-307-7977 or visitpasadena.com.
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Cultural California Explore the Golden State’s Cultural Treasures
Laguna Beach: A Coastal Paradise
Pasadena: Gardens, Art and Theatre
aguna Beach is Southern California’s premier coastal destination, located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Known as home to hundreds of local artists and set amid 20,000 acres of wilderness, Laguna Beach is the perfect California Heisler Park getaway for people seeking the tranquility of beachfront accommodations and endless cultural opportunities. More than two dozen lodging properties dot the Laguna Beach coastline, ranging from oceanfront spa resorts to charming bed and breakfasts. When it comes to dining, Laguna Beach has more than 75 restaurants ranging from casual to contemporary and serving a variety of ethnic cuisine. Laguna Beach is primarily served by John Wayne/ Orange County Airport, located just 20 minutes away. lagunabeachinfo.com
San Diego: Balboa Park and Top Theaters
Santa Monica: Cutting-Edge Arts and Culture
an Diego is rich in arts and culture. The region is showcased in over 90 museums, historic sites and monuments. San Diego’s Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park and referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West” with 15 museums, numerous art galleries, lush gardens and the Old Globe theatre. San Diego is a leading theater producing town La Jolla Museum of Contemporary with award-winning productions Art Installation making it to Broadway yearly like Memphis and Jersey Boys, produced by La Jolla Playhouse. San Diego also offers the San Diego Opera, San Diego Symphony and a kaleidoscope of theater, dance, music and street festivals. sandiego.org/art
anta Monica is a beachfront outpost for cutting-edge arts and culture with over 120 museums, art galleries, public art displays and dozens of performance venues offering some of the most prestigious and avant-garde art in Southern California. Host to a variety of entertainment and art events, visitors can enjoy free Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier during the summer months and numerous art exhibits and openings at Bergamot Station. On September 28, 2013, experience Primal Screem Glow Glow, the free dusk-andbeyond event featuring compelling, enchanting and awe-inspiring public art displays on the beaches of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Pier. santamonica.com
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asadena is the home of renowned cultural attractions, educational institutions and some of the best hotels and restaurants in Los Angeles. Some of LA’s most popular gardens are found at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, including the renovated Japanese Garden. The Gamble House is regarded as a masterpiece of the Craftsman movement. The Norton Simon Museum has an impressive collection of European art, while the historic Pasadena Playhouse has been the State Theatre of California since 1937. Other cultural attractions include the Paciﬁc Asia Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Shopping areas include Old Pasadena, the outdoor Paseo Colorado and South Lake Avenue. One of Pasadena’s most popular hotels is The Langham Huntington, featuring the acclaimed Royce restaurant. visitpasadena.com
Segerstrom Center for the Arts Costa Mesa, California egerstrom Center for the Arts is one of the nation’s premier cultural institutions, presenting a diverse range of the highest caliber artists and performing companies as well as innovative education programs. The Center offers an internationally-acclaimed dance series that features the world’s major companies, top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, leading artists and ensembles from classical and contemporary music, family entertainment, up-and-coming indie bands, contemporary theater, special engagements and events throughout the year. The Center also provides education programs in schools and its theaters that inspire young people through the arts. These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is proud to serve as the artistic home to the region’s major performing arts organizations: Paciﬁc Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Paciﬁc Chorale.
The Center’s many venues are united by a spacious Arts Plaza. Throughout the campus are public works by such noted artists as Richard Serra, Richard Lippold and Joan Mir. The Center also includes the Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the new home of the Orange County Museum of Art. Located adjacent to South Coast Plaza, the Center is a world renowned shopping destination. scfta.org
For cultural experiences throughout California, go to visitcalifornia.com
Discover New Mexico’s Arts Trails
reativity flourishes on the back roads of New Mexico, with art and artists as extraordinary as the unforgettable landscape. From farm to trading post, rural art center and studio to gallery, the NEW MEXICO Arts TRAILS takes you on a journey of place, tradition and culture. Explore NEW MEXICO Arts TRAILS to map your journey!
New Mexico Arts Trails nmarts.org/programs/arts trails
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Nature Everywhere IS
Bloomington, Minnesota loomington creates warm memories with everyone who visits, offering unique experiences that rival the top destinations in the country. Alive with energy and rich in diversity, Bloomington is a dynamic mix of ﬁrstclass attractions, vibrant restaurants and kid-friendly hotels. Whether you’re interested in an exhilarating walk in a wildlife refuge or an energizing day ﬁlled with attraction hopping, we’ve got you covered! Bloomington claims home to the shopping mecca Mall of America®, adjacent to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and minutes from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Bloomington’s central location allows you to explore a variety of events, festivals and museums quickly and easily.
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Pack your most comfortable walking shoes to visit Bloomington’s most surprising attraction, the Minnesota Valley National Valley Wildlife Refuge. The hiking and nature trails of this refuge are pristine and full of sights to see and sounds to follow. Both the experienced and novice hiker will ﬁnd this to be a hearty jaunt through nature. Its 14,000 acres of protected habitat
make it the nation’s largest national wildlife refuge located within a major metropolitan area. Stroll along the winding paths, cross-country ski, bike, hike, watch migrating birds or just relax on one of the many benches in the area and enjoy the pristine wilderness. For an exhilarating afternoon outside and prime wildlife viewing, take the Hillside Trail—15-plus miles of trails that wind around Long Meadow Lake and across the river. Stop by the newly remodeled Welcome Center with its static displays and large window for bird watching. The Center’s Blufftop Bookshop offers the best in bird watching books and gifts. The Richardson Nature Center is another scenic retreat in the heart of Bloomington. Located within the Hyland Lake Park Reserve, this center
is the largest of the many nature centers in the area. It features colorful clay mosaics, interpretive displays, live animals and raptors. A scenic inside observatory is an ideal wildlife viewing area. Children can explore, dig and build while adults play along or enjoy observing. The interpretive area surrounding the building features hiking trails that weave between diverse habitats, including marshes, oak forests and restored prairie where deer, fox, coyote, muskrats and turkeys make their home. Many species of birds can be observed in the area seasonally. Utilize the cell phone audio stops, trail guides, exploration kits and interpretive signs available throughout the park to learn more about this haven within the city. The Hyland Play Area is a hidden gem in the Hyland Lake Park Reserve. This huge, award-winning creative play area is designed for the young
2013 Bloomington EVENTS Mall of America Ice Castle December – February HGTV Holiday House at Mall of America November 23 – January 1, 2013 Bloomington Summer Fete July 3, 2013 Women’s Half Marathon August 25, 2013 ScrapFest Mall of America September 13–15, 2013 Bloomington Heritage Days September 14, 2013 Iron Girl Women’s Duathlon September 22, 2013 and the young-of-heart. The structure includes platforms, hexagonal climbers and slides up to 50 feet long. There is also a section designed just for children under ﬁve or those with disabilities. Climb, swing, hang and
slide to your heart’s content! Open April to October, if you are bringing kids to Bloomington, this is a must see and do! Within the Hyland Lake Park Reserve, visitors can participate in numerous activities that are both family-friendly or can be done individually such as disc golf, practice course golﬁng, downhill or telemark skiing, sledding and snowboarding. Visitors will never be at a loss of what to do! Visit the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau’s new website at bloomingtonmn.org for detailed Twin Cities itineraries. Check out the calendar of events, affordable getaway packages and The Big Ticket attraction pass. With more theatre seats in the 30-some theatre venues in the Twin Cities than New York and a shopping experience all in itself at Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota, will not disappoint!
President John F. Kennedy’s Limousine - Henry Ford Museum Rosa Parks’ Bus Henry Ford Museum
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Inspiration! he Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, is a non-profit cultural destination dedicated to bringing the past forward. The institution was founded by Henry Ford with the purpose of celebrating, especially with its young citizens, America’s vital traditions of innovation, ingenuity, resourcefulness and what Ford called the “common genius” of the American people. Today, The Henry Ford, with its ﬁve distinct attractions—Henry Ford Museum, Greenﬁeld Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Henry Ford IMAX Theater and the Benson Ford Research Center—is driven by its mission to inspire ordinary individuals to make their mark in this world.
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The institution uniquely uses its assets to inspire its visitors to be out-ofthe-box thinkers and doers, to embrace innovation, exercise creativity and persevere through failure. Visitors to Henry Ford Museum don’t just view the Rosa Parks Bus; they get on board. They sit in her seat, hear her voice and become inspired by her example to stand up to today’s injustice, to break down the barriers that separate us and to change the way things are to the way things should be. Guests can take a tour inside Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House, or climb aboard one of the largest steam locomotives of its kind, The Allegheny, or sit at the counter and grab some grub in an authentic 1940s establishment, Lamy’s Diner. They can ride in the
Henry Ford’s Model T - Greenfield Village Legacy Lobby - Ford Rouge Factory Tour
backseat of a rumbling Model T or walk into an actual working 21st century automotive manufacturing facility that operates under the world’s largest “green” roof. This place, absolutely unique in the world, is a place that invites you to dive into American history—touch it, feel it, smell it, breathe it in. Be moved by it. And do something with what you learned. Join The Henry Ford in 2013 as it celebrates and honors three changeagents—ordinary individuals who each did something extraordinary and forever changed the course of the world—Rosa Parks, Henry Ford and President John F. Kennedy. The Henry Ford Museum
Adventure Awaits At Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
iscover America’s beginnings at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, museums of 17th and 18th century Virginia located in the “Historic Triangle” of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Extensive gallery exhibits and livinghistory experiences in re-created settings bring to life the stories of America’s first permanent English colony, and nearly two centuries later, the American Revolution. A museum of 17th century Virginia, Jamestown Settlement chronicles the history of the colony founded in 1607, from its beginnings in the Old World through the ﬁrst century of its existence, and explores the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged there.
Outdoors, visitors can explore and take part in hands-on activities in a re-created Powhatan Indian village depicting the culture of Virginia’s original inhabitants, replicas of the three ships—Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery—that transported 104 men and boys from England to Jamestown, and a palisaded fort representing the colonists’ ﬁrst home. A short distance from Jamestown Settlement, the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, chronicles America’s struggle for independence from colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation. Thematic exhibits and living-history programs relate the experiences of ordinary men and women who lived during the Revolutionary era. Outdoors, visitors
can discover the life of a typical soldier and farmer in re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. Museum shops complement and extend the museum experience with a selection of books, prints, artifact reproductions, educational toys and games, jewelry and mementos. Both museums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round (until 6 p.m. June 15 – August 15); closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31, about six miles southwest of Williamsburg. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, about 12 miles from Williamsburg. Call 888-593-4682 toll-free or 757-253-4838, or visit historyisfun.org. The Cultural Traveler 2013 | 21
People & Places Step back in history and explore the once private collections of these passionate visionaries, now brought to life at renowned Cultural & Heritage Destinations. Henry Ford, Automotive Industrialist and Evolutionary Collector | The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan enry Ford is renowned for revolutionizing transportation and industry in America in creating the Ford Model T car and developing the assembly line mode of production. When the Model T began rolling off the assembly line, Ford quickly realized many objects that represented American industrial progress were vanishing. As early as 1912, he began collecting these “relics” as he believed the everyday objects he loved to collect told the truth not recorded in written histories. Unlike most wealthy collectors, Ford’s interests were not aesthetic but
evolutionary. He saw in humble machines an expression of the “genius of the American people” and a reﬂection of American progress—the true history of America. Henry Ford’s collections are now housed at The Henry Ford, a National Historic Landmark In Dearborn, Michigan. The collection contains many rare exhibits including John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine, Abraham Lincoln’s chair from Ford’s Theatre, Thomas Edison’s laboratory, the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop and the Rosa Parks’ bus. thehenryford.org
ative Texan Ima Hogg (1882-1975) was a woman of legendary energy and purpose. She was one of the state’s leading philanthropists, as well as one of its most respected collectors. She purchased her ﬁrst piece of early American furniture in 1920. Soon, she had a “compulsion” (as she phrased it) to form a collection for a Texas museum. Her dream was to assemble outstanding objects that would connect Texans to their colonial heritage.
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Ima Hogg, Philanthropist and Colonial Heritage Collector | Bayou Bend, Houston, Texas In 1957, she gave her residence, Bayou Bend, and her collection to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens opened in 1966. The 28 room settings reﬂect the artistic achievements and taste of Americans from 1620 to 1876 represented by major examples of furniture, paintings, silver, ceramics, glass and textiles. The estate’s 14 acres of gardens were developed by Miss Hogg over ﬁve decades. mfah.org/bayoubend
Erie J. Sauder, Founder of Sauder Woodworking and Sauder Village | Ohio’s largest living-history destination pioneer furniture manufacturer and philanthropist, Erie Sauder (1904-1997) grew up on his family farm in Northwest Ohio. Erie loved working with wood, and in his early 30s he started the Sauder Woodworking Company with the help of his wife Leona. Despite many hardships, Erie’s business continued to grow and prosper, and his 1951 invention of an easily shipped table kit heralded the modern ready-to-assemble furniture industry.
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As Erie neared retirement and his family took responsibility at the factory, Erie established a living-history village to preserve the heritage of the pioneers who settled the Great Black Swamp. Erie’s dream continues today with costumed guides and working craftsmen who share stories and experiences from the past with more than 100,000 guests each year at Sauder Village, Ohio’s largest living-history destination. saudervillage.org
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Museum of Arts and Sciences Macon, Georgia he Museum of Arts and Sciences, Georgia’s only cultural institution devoted to arts and sciences and the state’s largest general purpose museum, is accredited by AAM and Smithsonian Afﬁliate. Visitors will “Discover The World— Explore The Universe” in its recently reopened Mark Smith Planetarium that introduced new leading-edge technology. The Konica Minolta Super MediaGlobe-II, the ﬁrst installation in Georgia and only the third in the Americas, is the ﬁrst full-color, single-lens digital system to adopt a new standard in projection that is four times higher than the best HDTV. masmacon.org
Frank Lloyd Wright Tours Presented by Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust he annual Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk, May 18, 2013, in the Oak Park, IL historical district includes tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries. Additional Wright Plus events May 16–19, 2013, feature special access and gourmet dinners in Wright homes. Wright Way travel offers excursions to Wrightdesigned SC Johnson campus and to Wright’s winter home, Taliesin West, Arizona. Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, owner of the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park, will conduct tours in 2013 at three additional Wright sites in Chicago. gowright.org JAMES CAULFIELD
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Lauren, Mississippi iscover one of Mississippi’s greatest treasures, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Upon the untimely death of Lauren Eastman Rogers, his family established Mississippi’s ﬁrst art museum in 1923. Lauren Rogers Museum of Art boasts more than 2,000 items in its collections and more than 10,000 square feet of galleries and exhibition areas. You’ll ﬁnd a fascinating display of works ranging from one of the world’s smallest baskets to a series of 18th century Japanese woodblock prints that show the printmaking sequence step by step. lrma.org
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The Museum Store at The Getty Los Angeles, California egas Silk Shawl. The bands of color on this soft and luscious hand-loomed 100% silk shawl are inspired by the ribbons on the table in Edgar Degas The Milliners, a painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection. $125 at the Getty Center. Visit shop.getty.edu or call 1-800223-3431.
LBJ Presidential Library Store Austin, Texas he LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, has undergone a major renovation and redesign of its exhibits. The new exhibits unveiled to the public on Lady Bird Johnson’s Centennial, December 22, 2012, include updated graphics, archival images and modern interactive areas that allow visitors to connect LBJ’s Legacy with their lives today. The Store at LBJ has more than doubled in size, with broadened merchandise reﬂecting legislation passed during Johnson’s years in the White House. lbjlibrary.org
PMA Store at Portland Museum of Art Portland, Maine he PMA Store at the Portland Museum of Art features classic and cutting-edge products including items made exclusively for the PMA Store by Maine artists and artisans. Handcrafted jewelry, cards, home goods, and gifts as well as Maine’s largest selection of art books, children’s section and items that highlight the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. No admission required to visit the PMA Store. firstname.lastname@example.org
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FIND INSPIRATION INSIDE AND OUT Hundreds of local artists. Dozens of museums. And a majestic Rocky Mountain backdrop. It’s no wonder Denver is the thriving creative capital of Colorado. In 2013, The Mile High City’s calendar is packed with cultural events that are sure to inspire. Plan your getaway and find great deals at VISITDENVER.COM
DENVER ART MUSEUM Nick Cave: Sojourn June 9 – September 22, 2013
DENVER ART MUSEUM Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibit February 10 – April 28, 2013
HISTORY COLORADO CENTER Denver A to Z New Permanent Exhibit
DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition October 10, 2013 – January 5, 2014
DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Sense & Sensibility The Musical World Premiere: April 5 – May 26, 2013
CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM Red/Yellow/Blue (and Black and White): Clyfford Still as Colorist January 25 – May 12, 2013
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Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region
he art scene in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is bursting at the seams. With venues like the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, multiple local galleries, the annual Art on the Street pieces scattered throughout downtown and inspiring performances at the Colorado Springs World Arena and Stargazers Theatre, it’s easy to see why the city is named among the top 25 mid-sized art destinations in the U.S. Upon entering the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, you’ll be greeted by the intricate glass blown work of Dale Chihuly. Wander the building to discover the permanent and traveling exhibits that make their way through the halls and galleries. The Fine Arts Center is home to its own performance stage with an award-winning theatre company that produces an annual season of musicals, comedies and dramas. The theatre also plays host to ﬁlm festivals, concerts, dance performances and more. Other live performance venues include the Colorado Springs World Arena, Stargazers Theatre, Theatreworks and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Art on the Streets is an ideal way to enjoy art and the natural scenery of the area at the same time. This selfguided, year-long public art exhibition showcases the works of new and celebrated artists from across the nation. Displays of over 50 pieces are scattered throughout the downtown streets. Nearby Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs are great choices for unique shops and galleries.
Peek into the region’s past with a visit to the historic Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, also located in the center of downtown. The museum offers free admission along with a variety of guided, self-guided and off-site educational programs. The building itself is a stunning structure complete with a clock tower, interior marble and exterior granite walls. Start planning a trip to experience the impressive arts and culture of this historic mountain city at visitcos.com.
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alvador Rialto Theater Center Dali, Pablo Picasso and Wayne Thiebaud represent just a small portion of the artists that have been featured at the Loveland Museum/ Gallery. An accredited art and history museum founded in 1938, the Loveland Museum/ Gallery is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the city, while at the same time, bringing world-class art exhibitions to northern Colorado. With a single visit, guests can explore the traveling exhibitions featured in the galleries and discover Loveland’s unique history with a series of exhibits including Mariano Medina’s homestead, the Great West Sugar Factory and Sweetheart City USA. lovelandmuseumgallery.org
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Art in Public Places Through vision, hard work and collaboration, Loveland has created a large, diverse public art collection that creates a sense of place and purpose. The community boasts over 380 individual Trigon by Mary Bates Neubauer works of art on public display within Located in the heart of scenic sculpture parks, downtown, the 445-seat along roadways and theater is listed on the adorning city buildings, National Register of Historic parks and playgrounds. Places and offers a variety Artistic expression abounds, of unique events including creating a rich tapestry that concerts with internationallymakes Loveland unique among acclaimed musicians, live Colorado communities. As the theater, dance and silent movies ﬁrst Colorado municipality to accompanied by an orchestra. adopt a One-Percent-for-theNewly expanded in 2012, the Arts ordinance, Loveland’s Art Rialto Theater Center embodies in Public Places Program serves the perfect balance between as a model for communities the old and new with a moddedicated to supporting the ern tapas restaurant, fullyarts. Private contributions by equipped conference rooms arts organizations, citizens and dramatic banquet and and artists have donated event facilities overlooking the over 72% of the collection. heart of downtown Loveland. visitlovelandco.com rialtotheatercenter.org
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Over 200 sculptures. A historic theater. A world-renowned public art collection and a nationally accredited art and history museum. With one visit, it’s easy to see why Loveland was voted one of the top ﬁve art towns in America. Plan your artistic adventure today at VisitLovelandCO.com, LovelandMuseumGallery.org, and RialtoTheaterCenter.org
FOOTE LAGOON CONCERT SERIES June – August 2013
LOVE AND LIGHT Loveland Feed and Grain February 15 – 17, 2013
LOVELAND ART STUDIO TOUR 5th Annual Tour October 19 – 20, 2013
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LOVELAND MUSEUM/GALLERY Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos June 14 – September 22, 2013
SCULPTURE IN THE PARK 30th Annual Event August 10 – 11, 2013
* Rosetta. Red Fox, 2005. Bronze. Photo by Mel Schockner. ** Detail. Francisco Goya. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters: Plate 43 of The Caprices (Los Caprichos), 1799. Etching. Landau Traveling Exhibitions.
SNOW SCULPTURE IN THE DARK Fourth Street, Downtown Loveland February 5 – 10, 2013
Coastal Discovery Museum
Hilton Head Island’s Culture & Heritage INSPIRING | EDUCATIONAL | ENTERTAINING visit to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, usually includes enjoying its many amenities—golf, tennis, biking, horseback riding, fishing, water sports and the 12 miles of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean. The island offers a myriad of cultural and heritage experiences to enjoy as well. With
talented artists, authors, musicians and performers, Hilton Head Island area abounds with inspiring, educational and entertaining activities. As an introduction of the cultural and heritage offerings visitors can enjoy, Hilton Head Island’s Conference and Visitor Bureau has partnered with the U.S. Cultural
Visit the Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park to learn about the Nation’s First Freedman Village and the Gullah Heritage.
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& Heritage Tourism Marketing Council in packaging several themed activities. These packages showcase the history, heritage, arts and culinary talents of the community to visitors in a relaxed and enjoyable manner. For example, art and music lovers will enjoy the “Hilton Head Arts… and All the Jazz” package. This package offers an introduction to the island’s local art and artists at The Art League of Hilton Head Gallery with a private talk and tour of the gallery. It also includes a delightful evening of dinner and live jazz at The Jazz Corner. The Jazz Corner features internationally celebrated artists, highly acclaimed regional musicians and rising stars. For those interested in knowing more about the history and culture of the area, an introductive overview of Bluffton, Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie Island is rolled into
“The Insider’s Look at the Low-country’s History and Nature” package. It includes an informative docent tour of Old Towne Bluffton’s historic Heyward House, an1840s plantation owner’s home that embodies the Lowcountry’s colorful history, crafts and culture. On Hilton Head Island, the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn offers a private docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds, including salt marshes and majestic live oak trees. The tour includes the remarkable story of the island’s evolution from the 1600s. To learn about the 4,000 year history of Daufuskie Island, you set sail from Broad Creek Marina. You’ll tour the island by bus as your knowledgeable local guide shares fascinating stories about Daufuskie life during the Civil war and the interesting Gullah culture. An especially unique package is the “Jacob Preston’s Pottery Studio Tour.” You’ll enjoy a personal meeting with this master potter in his pottery studio and gallery in Old Towne Bluffton. You’ll sit with this engaging potter/philosopher as he demonstrates the art of forming clay on the potter’s wheel and shares stories of the history of the community. His demonstration piece will be inscribed to you and shipped to you after it’s glazed and ﬁred. Wine & Food Festival
Cooking at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italia
The pottery will serve as a special memento of your chat with the potter. If you are a “foodie”, you will certainly enjoy the “Hilton Head is Cooking at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italia” package. The chef demonstrates step-by-step procedures and helpful hints for each dish and then offers you a sampling of the prepared dishes, a glass of wine and a recipe booklet to take home. This relaxed, interactive format encourages informative discussions to help you prepare the dishes with conﬁdence. “Historic Bluffton Arts District Tour” is a leisurely walk through the
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Historic Bluffton Arts District with the knowledgeable guide and local clay artist, Laura Silberman. She will introduce you to the eclectic mix of art, local galleries and artists in a mile and a half stroll through Old Towne Bluffton. Laura’s gift to you is her whimsical clay sea turtle recipe holder. To learn more about these packages and to purchase them: TheCulturalTraveler.com. For additional information, contact the Hilton Head Island–Bluffton Chamber’s Visitor and Convention Bureau at hiltonheadisland.org or call 800-523-3373.
2013 Calendar of Events Hilton Head Gullah Celebration Feb. 1–24
RBC Heritage PGA Golf Tournament April 15–21
Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival March 4–9
The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn April 27 & 28
International Piano Competition March 4–9
HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour Select Nights, June, July, August
Bluffton Farmer’s Market Thursdays
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival Oct. 13–20
Hilton Head Island Farmer’s Market Fridays, April 5–Dec. 6
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Old Town Bluffton
The Ultimate in Southern Charm! Just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the historical gem of Bluffton is well worth exploring. hen it comes to Southern charm, Old Town Bluffton is a Lowcountry gem steeped in Southern history. The townâ€™s one-square mile National Register Historic District is a treasure trove of antebellum architecture, artistsâ€™ studios and deep history. Here is a sampling of what you will discover:
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Heyward House Historic Center Jacob Preston Pottery Studio
The Heyward House Historic Center circa1840 house on Boundary Street was the summer home of a plantation owner. This antebellum home is being restored as an ofﬁcial project of the Save America’s Treasure Program. It still has an original slave cabin and summer kitchen on the property. Docent tours of the house and Old Town Bluffton maps for a self-guided stroll through oak studded Calhoun Street are available.
SoBA – Society of Bluffton Artists A Lowcountry-inspired gallery featuring local artists Jacob Preston Pottery Watch master potter Jacob Preston ply his craft at his studio and showroom Pluff Mudd Art A cottage/gallery display of works of the town’s creative residents Maye River Gallery Eclectic artistic creations and a charming sculpture garden Madhouse Vintage A step back in time with vintage dresses and accessories The Storybook Shoppe A charming children’s bookshop with handcrafted toys Fantozzi’s Wrought Iron Design A backyard studio of inventive ironworks
The Complete Home Unique home furnishings and accessories FishBone Gallery & Gifts Local artists’ wares from photography to pottery Vineyard 55 Market & Bistro A casual spot with specialty pizzas The Filling Station An eclectic art gallery in a former gas station Eggs ‘n’ Tricities Funky, fashionable, functional— Bluffton’s most unusual shop Bluffton Antiques & Gifts A treasure-trove of collectibles The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room This 1868 home-turned-café’s menu spans from North to South Gigi’s Boutique Trendy women’s clothes, jewelry, shoes and more
Sprouts Find the perfect gift for a friend (or something for yourself!) The Store Bluffton’s oldest gift emporium of fun ﬁnds Gallery Without Walls Artist Pierce Giltner’s works, created from reclaimed tin and wood Church of the Cross Overlooking the May River, there is a graceful simplicity in this wooden landmark Old Town Dispensary Join the locals on the outdoor deck, where a lively atmosphere won’t disappoint The Promenade More boutique shops and dining options across May River Road
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Savannah elcome to Savannah—chic and sophisticated with plenty of stories to tell. Savannah is known for its rich history, natural beauty, eclectic architecture and romantic ambiance. A look around each shady square reads like a diary of generations before, but with the modern punch of high-style boutiques, galleries and restaurants. We place a high value on our culture in Savannah. Our food,
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art and music—mixed with our hospitable yet playful personality— makes visiting our city an experience you can’t get anywhere else. Savannah has sites to see, places to go and a social scene that can be both quirky and classy. With more than 45 cultural attractions, Savannah draws visitors craving culture—art, history, architecture and tradition. Tours depart from various points of the city and can focus on the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” black heritage, ghosts, the Civil War and more! When the sun goes down, our history sleeps and the nightlife comes alive with concerts, theater and live music. Savannah has a variety of nightspots that feature live jazz, wine bars and piano bars. Our nightlife offers a variety of atmospheres, from an Irish
pub to an upscale club, all within a few blocks’ walk! The cast of the Savannah Theatre presents musicals year-round featuring award-winning singing, dancing and live-band performances. If classical is what you yearn for, enjoy the sounds of the symphony with our heralded Savannah Philharmonic. Walk the city streets and visit the 22 historic squares with massive oaks draped in Spanish moss. Though beautiful year-round, the parks and squares ﬂourish with a breathtaking show of azalea blossoms in the spring. With a hint of her coy smile, Savannah blends the best of the old and the new. Let the city charm you with her elegance and eccentricities. visitsavannah.com 1-877-Savannah
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Where Culture Abounds
Huntington Sculpture Garden at Brookgreen Gardens
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yrtle Beach is a vacation playground of beautiful beaches, great golf courses, superb shopping and fun family entertainment. Visitors also enjoy an abundance of cultural activities that offer enrichment, education and unique experiences. Many of these cultural institutions celebrate a rich history, both inspiring and entertaining. For an evening out, visitors can enjoy both Broadway and offBroadway plays at Atlantic Stage, the area’s only non-proﬁt theatre. At Uptown, home of the Carolina Improv Company, experience the spontaneity and laughter of improv geared for everyone from the youngest to the oldest members of the family. Downtown Conway’s Theatre of the Republic just celebrated its 42nd season along the Grand Strand, producing musical and drama productions including and A Tale of Two Cities, Damn Yankees and Sunset Boulevard. They also host “Movies on Main,” where classic movies are shown on the big screen including favorites such as Singing in the Rain and National Velvet. Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that encompasses more than 9,000 acres. Its Huntington Sculpture Garden opened in 1932. The 35 acres of gardens and landscapes showcase the world’s most extensive collection of ﬁgurative sculpture by American artists in an outdoor setting. In addition, the
Franklin G. BuroughsSimeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Long Bay Symphony
Low Country History and Wildlife Preserve and the recently opened Center for American Sculpture are other signiﬁcant segments of the garden. Art in the Park just celebrated its 40th year of open-air shows at Chapin Park and Valor Park at the Market Common. These popular shows feature original southeastern art including paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone. Two of Myrtle Beach’s classical music organizations are also celebrating anniversaries. The Carolina Master Chorale is celebrating its 30th concert season. Regarded as the premiere 70-member symphonic chorus in the region, it is the oldest community singing organization in the area. The Long Bay Symphony has been delighting audiences with its musical excellence for 25 years. Performing nearly 30 shows per year, its repertoire includes classical, pops and chamber concerts. Both art and children’s museums enhance the cultural scene in Myrtle Beach. The Franklin G. Buroughs– Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum has been inspiring visitors for 15 years with great art and experiences. Housed in a restored 1920s beach cottage, its 10 galleries of everchanging art exhibits feature outstanding works in all mediums— watercolors, oils, textiles, sculpture, ceramics and photography. The Children’s Museum of South Carolina
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is referred to as an “interactive playground for the mind.” Its hands-on, entertaining exhibits and programs provide fun learning experiences in science, technology, humanities and culture. The Original Pawley’s Island Rope Hammock Shop. There is nothing as authentic as a handwoven Pawley’s Island rope hammock. Created by a riverboat captain Joshua John Ward in the late 1800s, these hammock masterpieces continue to embody the ﬁne craftsmanship of this area of South Carolina. Conway Glass Gallery and Studio collaborates on design and color, working as a team to create their colorful collection of blown glass. They also teach classes in glass blowing, glass bead making and glass fusing. In addition, they hold free public demonstrations of glass blowing throughout the year to increase the appreciation of the traditional craft of glass blowing. All of these attractions and more await you in South Carolina’s premier vacation destination, Myrtle Beach. Learn more and plan your trip at visitmyrtlebeach.com. The Cultural Traveler 2013 | 37
Preserving and Celebrating
GullahGeechee Culture hen English settlers ﬁrst came to the Carolina territory from Barbados and other Caribbean islands, they brought enslaved Africans to work the lands. These slaves provided physical labor, skill and the technology required for rice cultivation and production. They also inﬂuenced the environment with their customs, traditions, crafts and language known today as Gullah-Geechee culture. Today, visitors to Myrtle Beach have the opportunity to learn about the Gullah-Geechee culture and its inﬂuence on the community by exploring the area’s many heritage sites that tell the story of this culture’s remarkable history.
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Brookgreen Gardens’ Low Country History & Wildlife Preserve Brookgreen Gardens’ Low Country History & Wildlife Preserve is rich with evidence of the great rice plantations of the 1800s and the Gullah culture of the enslaved African who sustained it. The garden’s Lowcountry Trail is a beautiful boardwalk that crosses the hillside overlooking Mainﬁeld, a restored rice ﬁeld of the former Brookgreen Plantation where many slaves toiled.
Brookgreen Gardens’ Low Country History & Wildlife Preserve
Freewoods Farm Freewoods Farm is the only living history farm museum in the country devoted to recreating life on farms owned by African-Americans and preserving the signiﬁcance of their contributions through agriculture to the economy of a state and nation.
Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Center This original four-room, wood-framed Myrtle Beach Colored School opened in 1932 as a product of segregated times. African American children in the area attended the Myrtle Beach Colored School from 1932 to 1954.
Friendfield Village Friendﬁeld Village is a 19th century slave village at Hobcaw Barony. Part of the great rice empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, the area housed slaves and their descendants from 1840 until at least 1952.
Rice Museum The Rice Museum tells the history of a society dependent on the rice crop. The exhibits include “The Garden of Gold,” a history of rice in Georgetown County, and an archeological exhibit of the Gullah history of Georgetown.
Mansfield Plantation Mansﬁeld Plantation, built in the 1800s, spans nearly 1,000 acres and is recognized as one of the most architecturally intact rice plantations in South Carolina. A member of the National Register of Historic Places, Mansﬁeld is a lovely bed and breakfast today. Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area is committed to preserving the Gullah- Geechee heritage and to telling their remarkable story with exhibits, stories and interactive experiences. To learn more about the GullahGeechee history in the Myrtle Beach area and to plan your visit, go to visitmyrtlebeach.com.
Gullah O’oman Shop and Museum Founded by Vermell Rodrigues, who was raised Gullah in South Carolina, and her husband Andrew Rodrigues, the museum and shop features ancient art and memorabilia from the GullahGeechee culture that dates back to African tribes. Horry County Museum & L.W. Paul Living History Farm This museum features exhibits by local artists and historical and regional exhibits. The working farm invites visitors to observe and participate in traditional family farm activities such as plowing with mules, blacksmithing and milking cows.
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Visit Halifax, North Carolina A River Runs through It. H
istory and culture flow, like the waters of the mighty Roanoke River, through Halifax County, NC. As indicated by its name, the City of Roanoke Rapids, the first city to greet visitors traveling south on I-95 into North Carolina, is located on the banks of the Roanoke River and is intimately linked to that waterway.
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All the communities of Halifax County are tied to the river by means of agriculture, transportation or industry. Tourism is now the driving force in Halifax County, and there is much to oďŹ€er the cultural traveler. Begin in Littleton, home of Lakeland Theatre Company and Lake Gaston, a mecca for recreation. Travel to Roanoke Rapids and visit the Roanoke Canal Museum & Trail to trace the history of the Roanoke Canal, get to know our heroes at the veterans museum, and be entertained at The Royal Palace Theatre. Arrive in Weldon, once a river port, now home to Riverside Mill, the largest gallery of craft art on I-95. Downriver is Halifax, where the Halifax Resolves, the 1st declaration of independence by any colony, was adopted April 12, 1776.
Farther East is the community of Tillery, site of a 1920s African-American resettlement community, where residents had the opportunity to purchase 40 acres and a mule. Continuing downstream is Scotland Neck, home to Sylvan Heights, the world’s largest bird park with more than 2,000 rare birds. The final stop on the Roanoke River tour through Halifax County is Hobgood. Hobgood celebrates one of our primary crops – cotton – each fall during the Cotton Festival. The town of Enfield, though not located on the Roanoke River, still owes much to that waterway. Enfield’s fertile soils grow some of the best peanuts in the world, making it home to Aunt Ruby’s famous peanuts! The Hollister community is located on the smaller waterway of Little Fishing Creek, and the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe and Medoc Mountain State Park call that area home. The Roanoke Valley Rocks Tour is a new means for visitors to explore each community by following a trail of more than 50 creatively painted, six-foot fish. Along the way, discover quaint main streets, unique shops and local flavors. History, heritage, arts and entertainment await. Spend a weekend or a lifetime in Halifax County, NC.
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Macon, Georgia History, Heritage and True Southern Hospitality isit Macon, Georgia, The Song and Soul of the South, where history and heritage meet with modern day comforts to bring true southern hospitality. Where a hike can lead you not only into nature but also through ancient Indian mounds and into North America’s only reconstructed earth lodge. Where a walk down the street can take you to beautiful
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historic homes and National Historic Landmarks. Macon, the town that brought you Otis Redding, Little Richard, and where you can still get a piece of the Allman Brothers at the Big House, or sing a little “Dock of the Bay” with Otis Redding’s life-size statue. A city bursting with knowledge that houses ﬁve universities and colleges, features Broadway plays in gorgeous historic theaters and offers a buzzing nightlife. Come face to face with the fossil of a 40-million-year-old whale named Ziggy at the Museum of Arts and Sciences or walk through downtown streets lined with some of the 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees that make Macon the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. Macon, home to the only barbeque to go into space with NASA.
Where we bring new meaning to the phrase “down-home, southern cooking,” and where the tea is always sweet and served with a bit of soul. The city’s historic undertones, budget friendly accommodations and ample attractions make it a must see tourist destination! Check out visitmacon.org today and see where your Macon, Georgia, adventure can take you.
Song and Soul of the South Take the ultimate musical tour in Macon, Georgia, home to legendary southern artists. Sit on the dock with Otis Redding then grab a drink at one of Little Richardâ€™s favorite haunts. Stroll the streets on a Rock Candy Tour, and see the legendary spots where southern rock was born. Step through the mushroom gates and right back into the 70s at the Allman Brothers Band Museum. Take a seat for concert performances at one of Maconâ€™s theatres, or dine on local cuisine and enjoy live music from todayâ€™s rising stars. Plan your visit today and experience the Song and Soul of the South! Call 800.768.3401 or email email@example.com for customized itineraries.
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ONLY IN ATLANTA
ATLANTA HAS: UÊThe world’s largest aquarium (Georgia Aquarium) UÊ/ iÊlargest museum dedicated to the art of puppetry in North America (Center for Puppetry Arts) UÊ"iÊof the nation’s largest collections of Civil War memorabilia (Atlanta History Center) UÊ"iÊof the largest 360-degree oil paintings in the world (Atlanta Cyclorama) UÊ/ iÊlargest 10K road race in the world (Peachtree Road Race on July 4, with 60,000 participants) UÊ/ iÊoldest continually operating ballet company in the nation (Atlanta Ballet, since 1929) UÊ/ iÊtallest free-standing escalator in the world (Inside CNN Studio Tour, eight stories) UÊ"iÊof only four zoos in the nation with Giant Pandas (Zoo Atlanta) UÊ/ iÊlargest concentration of historically black colleges and universities (Atlanta University Center) Atlanta Ballet
Find out why the greatest American novel was written in “The Dump” Atlanta is home to the Margaret Mitchell House, featuring the furnished apartment nicknamed “The Dump” by Mitchell, where she wrote “Gone with the Wind.” The book is one of America’s favorites, second only to the Bible.
Try a “Coke and a Smile” Born and raised in Atlanta, Coca-Cola is synonymous with our city. Visit the World of Coca-Cola to learn the story of the famous soft drink, celebrating more than 125 years. Go back to the early years of Coke’s creation in Atlanta and follow the global brand through the decades. After you have refreshed yourself with more than 60 products from around the world, step out of the museum’s front door and into the hub of the convention district.
Be a weatherman and news anchor, all in the same day Ride the world’s longest freestanding escalator to go behind the scenes of the ﬁrst global news network at the Inside CNN Studio Tour. Learn how to report the weather, watch the newsroom ﬂoor as stories from around the world unfold, and keep your eyes peeled for a Robin Meade or Sanjay Gupta sighting!
Find out what it takes to earn a Nobel Peace Prize, or two Atlanta is one of the only two cities in the world to lay claim to two Nobel Peace Prize winners — Martin Luther King, Jr. and former President Jimmy Carter. See the medals on display and learn about their legacies at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
Get lost on Peachtree Street and end up on Peachtree Street Atlanta may have more than 70 streets named “Peachtree” but don’t let those tricky trees confuse you: Peachtree Street runs through the heart of the city and will be the only guide you’ll need during your visit. From trendy Buckhead through artsy Midtown, to the convention and entertainment district Downtown, simply step off Peachtree Street’s sidewalks to visit the must-sees.
Order an F.O. and a naked dog walking
Take birdwatching to a whole new level
Hike the world’s largest exposed mass of granite
Only the folks at the world’s largest drive-in will know that you are really asking for a Frosted Orange drink and a plain hot dog to go. The Varsity was established in Atlanta in 1928.
Atlanta is home not only to the NFL Falcons and NBA Hawks but also the MLB Braves, NASL Silverbacks and WNBA Dream. Atlanta’s sports teams play year-round so you can take in a game virtually any day of the year.
Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most-visited attraction. Get your adventure on by making the 1.3-mile hike to the top of the mountain, where you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the city.
WHY ATLANTA? VISIT
The Cultural Traveler Tours Exceptional Experiences Coast to Coast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Walk ‘n Wok
alk ‘n Wok is an entertaining insider’s tour about the history, culture and food of Philadelphia’s Chinatown conducted by Celebrity Chef Joseph Poon. The tour includes a visit to a fortune cookie factory and a Chinese herbal medicine shop. Then, Chef Poon’s team will serve a ﬁve course meal featuring a Chinese fruit and vegetable carving lesson at Chef Poon’s Kitchen.
Arts & Entertainment
Bucks County Countryside
iscover masterpieces and beautiful gardens at the Telfair Museum’s unique buildings—the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House, two circa 1820 National Historic Landmark buildings, and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts. Then reminisce about your favorite movies on LCD screens while passing the same locations in the Savannah Movie Tour’s air-conditioned coach. See where Forrest Gump sat on the park bench and learn why 10 Academy Awards have gone to movies shot in Savannah.
visit to the Bucks County Countryside is the perfect complement to your visit to the historic city of Philadelphia. Tour the renowned James A. Michener Art Museum and the historic castle of the Mercer and Fonthill Museums with over 40,000 remarkable artifacts of early America. Then visit the Crossing Vineyards, Pennsylvania’s premier boutique winery where you’ll tour the winery, sample the vintages and enjoy a lunch in the private tasting room or on the patio with vineyard views.
f you love to cook, this is the tour for you. Paula Deen’s “rags to riches” story will both inspire and entertain you. On this trolley tour you will see Chef Paula Deen’s favorite places and get a VIP pass for lunch at Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House. You will also enjoy Chef Joe Randall’s Taste of Savannah Cooking Demonstration and Dinner. Chef Joe preaches the gospel of authentic Southern cuisine. 46 | The Cultural Traveler 2013
James A. Michener Art Museum
Made in Vermont
de Young Museum
San Francisco, California Gardens, Art & Macy’s
he San Francisco culture meets horticulture package combines priceless ancient and modern art with dazzling natural wonders. Visit the Golden Gate Park to tour the Legion of Honor, a beautiful Beaux-arts building with a valuable art collection including Rodin’s Thinker and experience the remarkable de Young Museum with its impressive collections. Then explore the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, a unique urban oasis of extraordinary beauty, and enjoy the docent tour. Plus, take advantage of Macy’s San Francisco in Union Square’s VIP Shopping.
Vermont Eclectic Elegance and Country Pleasures
njoy the best of rural Vermont with experiences both eclectic and elegant in the lush area of Shelburne. Visit the world-famous Shelburne Museum known for its American and Impressionist paintings and American folk and decorative arts. Next, stroll through Shelburne Farms, which welcomes you to walk meadow and forest trails and visit their farming and award-winning cheese operations. Then, stop by the Shelburne Vineyard for a tasting of their award-winning wines, a tour of their state-of-the-art winery and a souvenir wine glass ﬁlled with memories.
rom glass, ceramics and furniture, to farming, forestry and conservation, this tour provides you the opportunity to experience the work of some of Vermont’s most creative and visionary residents. Learn about its history and commitment to sustainability at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park and the Billings Farm and Museum, one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont’s rural past. Also, view ﬁrsthand the craftsmanship and quality of Vermont’s leading artisans at Shackleton Thomas’ furniture shop, Miranda Thomas’ Pottery Studio and Simon Pearce’s glass blowing workshop.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Cultural Fort Lauderdale
xperience the charm of old Fort Lauderdale’s rich history through the lives of its earliest residents at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Museum of History, the King-Cromartie House Museum, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, and Bonnet House Museum & Gardens the Stranahan House. Then, enjoy presentday Fort Lauderdale with world-class shopping and dining at The Galleria of Fort Lauderdale.
The U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council (USCHT) is dedicated to marketing U.S. cultural and heritage tourism to the domestic and international visitors. It develops and markets packages to showcase unique travel experiences and inspire cultural and heritage travel. It also publishes The Cultural Traveler and co-produces the ONE Travel Conference, an annual conference for the shopping, dining and cultural travel industry leaders with Shop America Alliance. To learn more about the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council and the beneﬁts of membership, contact CulturalTraveler@aol.com.
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Vermont The small state of Vermont boasts an abundance of cultural and heritage experiences. uthentic and attractive historic town centers and villages are widely recognized as a key part of the stateâ€™s allure for visitors from around the globe. Youâ€™ll discover restored and repurposed classic buildings that are now home to inns, unique locally-owned shops, and casual and fine dining serving fresh, local award-winning food and wines. Even small towns have galleries, where a broad selection of traditional and contemporary art and craft is displayed. Frequent live performances
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by local and legendary talent take place across Vermont. Venues for music, dance, and theater include intimate settings in art deco theaters, turn-of the-century opera houses and Federal style meeting houses. Vermontâ€™s myriad art museums and venues exhibit the work of master American painters and decorative and folk arts, Fat Toad Farm
as well as exciting contemporary art, sculpture and installations. Festivals abound in a seemingly endless stream through the summer and fall, featuring everything from classical music, ﬁne crafts and history to automobiles, foods and wines— and pleasantly peculiar events too— like the Guilford Turnip Festival, Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers and the Great Pumpkin Regatta on Lake Champlain. Historic sites include 6,000 yearold Native encampments, 17th century French settlement, pivotal Revolutionary War sites, anti-slavery sites including one of New England’s best documented sites of the Underground Railroad and the homesteads of two U.S. Presidents and a prominent 19th century U.S. Senator. These riches are connected by scenic roads traversing farms, forests, mountains, valleys and rolling vistas.
Haskell Opera House
Hiking, cycling and paddling trails provide opportunities to refresh and re-energize, while farm stands and open houses invite you to explore the changing traditions in Vermont agriculture. Along with Vermont’s
classic herds of dairy cows, you’ll ﬁnd vineyards, artisan cheese makers, small scale meat production, re-introduced wheat and sheep, and new herds of goats, alpacas and llamas.
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HOW DO YOU CURATE THE MOST ARTISTIC MILE IN THE COUNTRY?
HOW DO YOU CURATE THE MOST ARTISTIC MILE IN THE COUNTRY?
With more Cézannes than France and an amuse-bouche to celebrate. Within one artistic mile, you can have thousands of experiences. At the Barnes Foundation alone, you can take in more than 800 paintings, including the largest collection of Renoirs in the world and more Cézannes than in all of France. You can also wander through more than 200 galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Get lost in gardens curated by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. And sample treats that appeal to the palate as well as the palette. Philadelphia is filled with artistic Amazing-ism from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to the
Paul Cézanne, The Card Players (Les Joueurs de cartes), 1890-1892 Oil on canvas, 135.3 x 181.9 cm The Barnes Foundation BF564
Penn Museum and beyond.
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Cultural and Heritage Tourism
The Trend is UP! BY LAURA MANDALA, MANDALA RESEARCH
ack in 2009 we had a hunch. Our hunch was that there is a group of leisure travelers who enjoyed authentic cultural and heritage immersive travel experiences, stayed longer, spent more and thought of themselves as culture and heritage travelers. And, to be fair, this wasn’t a hunch, it was an educated assessment based on our analysis of trends over almost a decade. We were right. Cultural and Heritage travel is growing, which is great news for travelers and destinations. Three years later, we see our hunch was correct, this market is indeed expanding. Since 2009, the number of leisure travelers who are aware of the term CH traveler has jumped by more than 10%. We know that awareness leads to action and can drive decision making. In 2009, 20%
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
of leisure travelers said culture and heritage activities were a key reason for their choice of destination; today that has increased more than 10%. About a third of travelers today say that culture and heritage activities helped these travelers choose between destinations they were considering, up from 19% in 2009. And, more leisure travelers are considering taking a cultural/heritage trip in the next 12 months. More than half say they would consider this type of trip today. It’s all about mystery and discovery. Travelers deﬁne culture and heritage activities broadly, they want a lot more than a great museum or opera, and they are willing to pay for it! They are seeking immersion in local culture from cuisine to crafts, they are taking scenic drives to discover hidden gems along the way, and they are looking
to connect with the places they visit. For destinations, this means putting itineraries and packages together that give travelers a sense of discovery and ways to create lasting memories. “Today’s cultural and heritage travelers want authentic experiences that are enriching and inspiring. They are prone to do research and seek out unique opportunities tailored to their interests. More and more destinations are delivering these opportunities with behind the scenes tours, hands-on activities and customized, themed packages such as the ones we offer at TheCulturalTraveler.com,” says Sheila Armstrong, President of the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council. At Mandala Research, we are committed to the study of CH Travel because we are Cultural & Heritage travelers, in tune with today’s market needs. We will continue to provide our in-depth analysis and highlight the new trends in CH travel. Most importantly, we will provide you with key insights and knowledge on how to cater to this amazing growth market.
The 2012 Cultural & Heritage Traveler Study conducted by Mandala Research is sponsored by Americans for the Arts, Las Vegas CVA, U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council and Shop America Alliance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Marketing Cultural & Heritage Tourism BY ROSEMARY RICE MCCORMICK, President, Shop America Alliance and Co-Founder, U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council
The Fort Celebrates 50 Years of Culture & Cuisine in Colorado he Fort, an award-winning restaurant located in Southwest Denver, sells more buffalo steaks than any other independently owned restaurant in the country. Featuring ﬁne beef, buffalo, game and seafood, The Fort’s menu offers a tantalizing selection of old and new foods from the Early West. Since 1963, The Fort has been a family owned cultural institution, a living museum and a destination for food and history buffs from around the world! Visit the fort.com
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Co-Publishers/Editors: Sheila Armstrong, CulturalTraveler@aol.com, 843-341-6392 Rosemary McCormick, ShopAmericaTours@aol.com, 707-224-3795 Contributing Writers: Rosemary McCormick, Sheila Armstrong, Laura Mandala Account Executives: Liz Birdsall, email@example.com Anita Boeker, firstname.lastname@example.org Larry Cohen, email@example.com
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TRAVEL PLANNER NATIONAL / GLOBAL
FORN aam-us.org See page 4
Museum Store Association museum-store.travel See page 4
San Francisco, CA 415-379-5210 calacademy.org See page 9
Los Angeles, CA 310-440-7300 getty.edu See page 13
San Diego, CA 619-236-1212 sandiego.org See page 12
St. Augustine, FL 800-653-2489 floridashistoriccoast.com See pages 2-3
Colorado Springs, CO 800-368-4748 visitcos.com See page 27
Atlanta, GA 800-ATLANTA atlanta.net See pages 44-45
Denver, CO 800-233-6837 visitdenver.com See page 26
Loveland, CO 970-667-3882 visitlovelandco.com See page 28-29
Macon, GA 800-768-3401 visitmacon.org See pages 42-43
Savannah, GA 912-944-0455 visitsavannah.com See pages 34-35
Laguna Beach, CA 800-877-1115 lagunabeachinfo.com See pages 10-11
Pasadena, CA 800-307-7977 visitpasadena.com See pages 14-15 54 | The Cultural Traveler 2013
Monroe County, FL 800-972-3304 fla-keys.com/culture See page 5
Sarasota, FL 800-800-3906 sarasotafl.org See pages 6-7
Chicago, IL 847-358-1330 cruisechicago.com See page 25
Chicago, IL 312-332-1368 mercuryskylinecruiseline.com See page 25
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Dearborn, MI 800-835-5237 thehenryford.org See page 20
Archbold, OH 800-590-9755 saudervillage.org See page 23
Myrtle Beach, SC 800.356-3016 visitmyrtlebeach.com See pages 36-39
Bloomington, MN 800-346-4289 bloomingtonmn.org See pages 18-19
Garst Museum & The Annie Oakley Center Greenville, OH 937-548-5250 garstmuseum.org
Houston, TX 713-693-7758 mfah.org/bayoubend See page 25
Philadelphia, PA 800-590-9755 visitphilly.com/withart See pages 50-51
800-VERMONT vermontvacation.com See pages 48-49
Santa Fe, NM 505-827-6364 newmexicoculture.org See page 17
VIRGINIA SOUTH CAROLINA
Jamestown and Yorktown, VA 888-593-4682 historyisfun.org See page 21
Rochester, NY 800-677-7282 visitrochester.com See page 56
Bluffton, SC 800-523-3373 visitbluffton.org See pages 32-33
Cultural, Dining & Shopping Tours at
The Cultural Traveler 843-341-6392 TheCulturalTraveler.com See pages 46-47
Halifax, NC 800-522-4282 visithalifax.com See pages 40-41
Hilton Head Island, SC 800-523-3373 hiltonheadisland.org See pages 30-31
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Ganondagan State Historic Site ● Downstairs Cabaret Theatre
International Museum of Photography and Film at George
Eastman House ● Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Society & Museum ● WXXI Public Broadcasting Council ●
Genesee Country Village and Museum ● The Little Theater Film Society ● Geva Theatre Center ● Rochester Museum & Science Center and Strasenburgh Planetarium ● Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion ● Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Tinker Homestead ● Rochester Broadway Theatre League
Memorial Art Gallery of the U of R ● Seneca Park Zoo
Center at High Falls ● Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
National Museum of Play at The Strong ● Artisan Works
National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House ● Frederick
Douglass and Underground Railroad Heritage Sites Hill Cumorah ● Mount Hope Cemetery ● Eastman School of
Music ● Blackfriars Theatre ● Rochester Arts and Cultural Council ●
Garth Fagan Dance ● Corn Hill Navigation Foundation
Landmark Society of Western New York ● ArtWalk Rochester ●
Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum ● Rochester
International Jazz Festival ● ImageOut Film Festival ● Corning Museum of Glass ● Glenn Curtiss Museum ● Hochstein School of Music & Dance ● Rochester City Ballet ● Women’s Rights National Historical Park ● Nazareth College Arts Center ●
AKWAABA-The Heritage Associates ● LeRoy Historical
Society/Jell-O Gallery ● Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum ● Auburn’s Historical & Cultural Sites CommissionHarriet Tubman House ● National Women’s Hall of Fame ●
Rockwell Museum of Western Art ● JCC CenterStage
1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden ● Cobblestone Museum
Greentopia ● Roberts Cultural Life Center ● Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus ● Finger Lakes Museum ● MuCC ● Rochester
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