Les Vapeurs
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Trouville-sur-Mer, France: Time stands still at an art-deco seafood brasserie

On the Normandy coast, the seaside towns of Trouville and Deauville are separated by a canal, but a world apart in spirit—and which one you prefer tends to be a litmus test of character. Grand Deauville is all flash, home…

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The Chelsea
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Atlantic City, NJ: Boutique (and budget!) retro glamour breathes life into the boardwalk

Atlantic City is a schizophrenic town these days, the atmosphere skewing either nouveau Vegas (as at blown-out megahotels like the Borgata, where you'd never know you were near the ocean) or passé playground (nearly everywhere else).

But there are a…

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Antico Chiosco
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Mondello, Italy: Gelato—it's what's for breakfast

Whether or not Sicilians invented gelato is a matter of some debate.

But in the way that creation myths can shape a people, inventors or no, Sicilians believe so deeply in their creamy legacy that they make the best gelato…

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HI Matic
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Paris, France: No floral wallpaper

It's no longer a requirement for Parisian hotels to have creaky elevators, bad wallpaper, and affronted front desk clerks.

But it's unlikely you've ever stayed anywhere in Paris quite like HI Matic. It's a bit like an HGTV project that…

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Bern's Steak House
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Tampa, FL: Channeling Ike and Mamie

The vibe is early Eisenhower at Bern's Steak House in Tampa and we mean that in a good way.

The maitre d' who seats you. The waiters in tuxes. The servers who serve while your waiter oversees. The themed rooms,…

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