There are so many great places to visit in the United States, so we checked in with some of our fun friends to get their thoughts on their FAVORITE US City. So here is the Funspired scoop:
SARAH MYERS - ATLANTA
My favorite US city is Atlanta, Georgia. I lived there for five years after graduating college so it represents the splendid prime of my youth and independence. It does not hurt that it is breathtakingly beautiful. Coined the "city in a forest," Atlanta juxtaposes a bustling cosmopolitan city amongst an ethereal plantation of maples, oaks, and pines: many old enough to have watched Atlanta burn during the Civil War. What has since emerged is a city with a burgeoning community committed to art, design, music, and food. If the city life just gets to be too much, Atlanta is perfectly positioned an hour and a half from the Blue Ridge Mountains, and under five hours from the beach. My absolute favorite thing to do there is to be outside. You would be remiss to find many restaurants without porches. They are the perfect way to watch a parade of seersucker and monograms, all the while breathing in the musty boxwoods. Throw in good conversation and the latest delectable discoveries in southern cuisine and craft cocktails and you have just about landed on the perfect crossroads of the glorious south!
WHITNEY KELLY - NEW YORK CITY
My favorite city is New York City. Stay at The New York Palace Hotel and go the week before thanksgiving. We had dinner at PerSe and walked back to the hotel close to midnight. The Christmas windows at Bergdorf's we're being finished and we got to see them on a quiet sidewalk without a crowd. In the morning the entire hotel had been decorated. Magical! The attached picture was from our room at the palace. Great location and perfect weather. Beat the crowds for Christmas shopping.
TIFFANY MARTIN - CHARLESTON
One of my new favorite cities is Charleston. I spent a quick 24 hours there last month, but it didn't take long to fall in love with it. With all of its charm and history it has a very european feel. My favorite cities are always ones where you don't need a car, and if you stay in Historical Charleston you can walk easily to great shopping, restaurants, the beach and some of the more notable tourist attractions like Rainbow Row. I only had time to hit the highlights so I don't have any hidden jewels to share, but part of Charleston's allure is that you feel like you've discovered something special just by being there.
NANCY SELIGER - PEBBLE BEACH
I love Pebble Beach and Carmel. It has everything I like to do! Great places and weather for running, hiking, biking and playing golf by day. The scenery is a festival for my eyeballs! A beautiful meeting of water crashing into rocks at the coast, with mountains as the back drop. By night, restaurants, bars and such abound. Every weekend it seems there is an "event" from jazz festival to food and wine to golf tournaments. It's a small town with a big feel. Love!
FARRAR MANSFIELD - FORT WORTH
If given the choice, I'd usually rather visit a "town" than a big city which is why it makes a lot of sense that my favorite US City has a great small-town feel. I just love Fort Worth, TX because it is cozy and comfortable, but has so much to offer from excellent museums for all ages and interests to the fun downtown area, plus some of my favorite restaurants and shopping. A close second would be Denver which is also a very friendly, manageable city - plus I love the plethora of great microbrews and its close proximity to the mountains!
SUSAN TEEPLE - DALLAS
I love nothing more than living in the Panhandle of Texas. The people are first class, the unpredictable weather cracks me up, and it is an amazing place to raise a family. That being said, I do get the itch for some big city time and love to go to Dallas for a quick trip. Even though it isn't the most original reply - I'm going with Big D for my favorite city. When I go, we usually stay at The Park Cities Hilton for it's great service and location. Favorite places to eat are obvious: Fearings at the Ritz (great bar, too), Mi Cosina in Highland Village, 4510 is my favorite lunch spot on McKinney, and The Common Table. Shopping I adore Blue Print, Mecox Gardens, Scoop, and the mother ship (a.k.a. Neimans) at NorthPark.
We hope you have enjoyed hearing our fun friends favorite cities - have a great week!
Your Fun Friends,
Susan and Farrar