?Tis the season for lightweight layers, a glass of Ros? and Espadrilles?spring has (finally) sprung and soon it will be time for the endless list of musical festivals that signal the beginning of summer. From Jazz Fest in New Orleans to the country crooners in Nashville, we went looking for top entertainment in America?s most musical cities -- these are spots that are happening regardless of the season or the weather.
Situated in the center of Detroit, Honor & Folly is fitting for the nostalgic traveler. Harken back to the days of the intimate B&B and experience the artisan spirit throughout Corktown. In this carefully crafted inn, try one of the many cooking classes led by guest and local chefs alike. You never know, you could be the next jam-making master or cocktail queen! Next, skip over to The Sugar House where creative Detroiters congregate every day after 5 pm to enjoy its seasonal menu. The craft and cocktail bar offers the 100 classics for the ultimate purist as well as an enchanting mixed drink menu. Finally, for a unique great lake-themed talisman to remember your Motown trip we encourage you to make a pit stop at sister stores, Nest and City Bird for local candles, jewelry and home goods.
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We don?t need to tell you that there is more to New Orleans than Mardis Gras. Prepare to eat your way through the cultural melting pot in NOLA as there is something here for everyone. Indulge in Creole and Cajun cuisine at Camellia Grill or Maurepas Foods. Meanwhile, for the Francophile, we recommend drinks at Napolean House and trying the Big Easy?s beignets at Caf? Du Monde. After satisfying your Parisian palette you?ll be in the mindset to score a scent that has a certain je ne sais quoi at the Avery Fine Perfumery. Come nighttime, waste no time navigating the Jazz scene by hearing the real deal at The Maple Leaf Bar or The Mother-in-Law lounge.
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As soon as you step foot in Nashville you know why it is considered the epic center of music. Drop your bags off at The Big Bungalow for what is described as ?a wonderful alternative to a hotel.? The B&B is conveniently located just minutes away from Music Row, galleries and restaurants. After stopping at The Grand Ole Opry to experience the world?s longest running radio show, you?ll want to head to Robert?s Western World for some live music. The revered honky-ton even carries a variety of authentic cowboy boots to add some spring into your step. The following morning you?ll need a java jolt at the industrial inspired caf?, Barista Parlor. Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse also has a carefully selected menu of curated coffees and the southern comfort food is equal parts delicious as it is conscientiously crafted. We urge you to hold off packing until you stop at Imogene + Willies. The contemporary clothing boats a collection of one of a kind finds that are a little bit of country and a little bit rock ?n roll.
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It?s never too early for live music in Austin. Specifically, it?s never too early at Hotel San Juan where Raincross Jazz Trio plays live music as guests can nurse $3 mimosas in the courtyard during it?s Spring brunch buffet. Old Hollywood hedges juxtapose the minimalist interiors throughout the boutique hotel, which plays host to local and visiting style setters all year long. After the mimosas begin to set in head to the East Austin to check out Counter Culture (originally a food truck) for a twist on southern fare. The Meatless and dairy-free menu, ranging from Lentil Loaf to Savory Seitan, could easily pass for a homemade meal. Once you cleaned your plate walk to HEY MURPHY to browse Sarah Murphy? handmade jewelry store. The geometric shaped pieces are sure to make a statement upon your return home. We won?t tell your friends where you bought it if you don?t.
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