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Travel + Leisure August 2019

TRAVEL + LEISURE™ is an indispensable guide to where to stay, what to eat, and what to do around the globe. Every month, TRAVEL + LEISURE™ puts easy trip ideas, itineraries, and insider information right at your fingertips. Get advice from our travel experts and view the magazine's award-winning photography. The digital edition of TRAVEL + LEISURE™ has all the tools you need to take you where you want to go.

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6 min.
letter from the editor

CONTRIBUTORS ON THE SLOW ROAD IN WEST MICHIGAN (P. 42) The New Jersey–based writer has traveled from the colonial streets of Puebla, Mexico, to the windswept coast of Cornwall, England, for T+L. His most recent story took him on a weeklong jaunt to West Michigan. “The region has a gentle, inviting spirit,” he says. “And it will feed you very well.” Case in point: he found a restaurant whose fried chicken was so delicious, he ate there twice. ALL EYES ON D.C. Despite growing up just outside the nation’s capital, the Ann Arbor–based author and journalist had never gotten to explore D.C. very much. Even so, when she returned this spring, she couldn’t help noticing the “totality of the city’s face-lift.” That hasn’t changed what makes the city great, she says: “It’s truly a…

3 min.
a study in contrasts

A GLOBETROTTER’S GUIDE TO THE LATEST IN TRAVEL Guizhou, in rugged southwestern China, has long been one of the nation’s least developed provinces. That has allowed minority groups such as the Miao, the Dong, and the Yi to live much as they have for centuries. But recently, the government has been promoting Guizhou’s capital, Guiyang, as a tech hub, and companies such as Alibaba, Microsoft, and Huawei are opening offices in town. That’s led to better infrastructure, more flights, and expanded high-speed rail service from Guangzhou and Chongqing. For travelers, Guizhou has become an ideal weekend detour to combine with popular destinations such as Hong Kong or Chengdu, both an easy flight from Guiyang. Even as the region modernizes, it remains a showcase of southern China’s centuries-old culture and cuisine. Make the…

2 min.
glory days are here again

The sun is shining again on Asbury Park, the seaside enclave made famous by the Bard of New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen. I grew up nearby, and the memories of my youth are marked by its gritty streets and underground venues, then a stomping ground for mostly locals. In recent years, the city’s historic music haunts and iconic boardwalk have gotten a much-needed sprucing up, and now attract visitors from far beyond the tristate area. Hip bars and first-rate restaurants, along with hotels like the three-year-old Asbury and the just-opened Asbury Ocean Club, are transforming this town from a summer getaway into a year-round destination. Here are six can’t-miss spots in Jersey’s most dynamic music town. 1. Situated in a gleaming 17-story beachfront tower, the hotel at ASBURY OCEAN CLUB is luxe…

2 min.
next-gen hotel swag

It’s no longer enough for a hotel to slap its logo on a ball cap, a luggage tag, or—perish the thought!—an ashtray. These days, properties are giving the resort souvenir fresh appeal, stocking their gift shops and online stores with high-style collaborations that reflect a sense of place. Early this year, Christian Louboutin teamed up with Royal Mansour Marrakech (royalmansour.com; doubles from $1,000) to create babouche slippers (from $558) that echo the property’s Moorish details. Jewelry designer Mercedes Salazar has launched a line of colorful earrings and embroidered bangles inspired by the Luxury Collection’s Mexican properties (from $150; luxurycollectionstore.com). Tuscany’s Hotel Il Pellicano (hotelilpellicano.com; doubles from $777) has partnered with Birkenstock for Il Dolce Far Niente, a collection of sandals (from $110) that radiate the seaside resort’s signature sprezzatura. And…

2 min.
art, design and hospitality collide in rome

STAYING AT THE ROOMS OF ROME is about as close as you can get to spending the night in a contemporary art museum. The new apartment-hotel can be found inside the 17th-century Palazzo Rhinoceros, which also houses the galleries of the Fondazione Alda Fendi Esperimenti. This genre-bending project has been almost two decades in the making. When luxury giant LVMH acquired the Fendi brand in 2001, Alda, the youngest of the fashion family’s five sisters, chose to pursue another passion: art. She stumbled upon the abandoned palazzo years ago when her foundation staged a play at a nearby fish market. Located just steps from the Tiber in the ancient but newly buzzy Velabro district, it was ideal for the mixed-use cultural center she hoped to create. “I love discovering spaces that…

2 min.
savoring salvador

PRETA Hop a boat to this welcoming spot on Ilha de Maré, just outside the city. The patio is lively, with a canopy of rainbow-colored parasols, and the Bahian menu is equally upbeat. A highlight is the aromatic shrimp stew, a novel take on muqueca, a traditional Salvadoran fish dish. fb.com/pretarestaurante; entrées $19–$43. MANGA Situated in a 19th-century house overlooking the beach, Manga is the passion project of married chefs Katrin and Dante Bassi. The presentation is as imaginative as the ingredients: a green-papaya salad is topped with an olive biscuit that has cilantro sprouting out of it, and sorbet made with pitanga fruit arrives hanging from the branches of a bonsai tree. mangamar.com.br; tasting menu $57. FASANO SALVADOR Italian specialties dominate at this restaurant, set in the newest outpost of high-end Brazilian hotel group…