I don’t know of too many places where you can eat gelato next to medieval castles on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Erice is a stone fortress high above the city of Trapani, where you can take a cable car ride to the top of the mountain. It’s got a bit of a touristy feel, with souvenir shops and a self-guided walking tour map, but I thought it was worth the ride.
2. New Belgium Brewery
Ft. Collins, Colorado
Not only does New Belgium have great beer, but they’ve also got a free brewery tour (with free samples!) and an environmentally-friendly business. They encourage bike commuting, use wind power, offer spent wheat for feed, and even have compostable cups. Plus, their office has a slide.
3. Ballard Farmer’s Market
Everyone goes to the Pike Place Market when they visit Seattle, and I’m here to tell you they’re wrong. Pike Place is horrendously crowded; even though they sell a fascinating array of regional produce and other staples like king crab, you can find the same things at many of the neighborhood markets–and you can usually get a much more reasonable price. In Ballard, a fishing neighborhood of exposed brick and cold beer, you’ll find a festive market: folk music, families with dogs, wood-fired pizza. It’s often crowded, but much less so than Pike Place. And it’s so much more authentic.
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