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Art Towns: California Communities Celebrating Creativity, Festivals, Galleries, Museums, Dining & Lodgingby John Villani
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Whether you're a beachcombing refugee from Arizona's triple-digit take on summer or a Boston Red Sox fan from Mattapoisett whose first-ever visit to the West Coast includes catching the first two games of a three-game Red Sox vs Oakland A's series in the East Bay, there's lots to be said about exploring parts of California that are off the beaten path.
If your idea of travel rarely overlooks the opportunity to visit the exhibitions at a hidden gem of an art museum, or join in on the fun of a neighborhood art walk, then you'll probably love exploring at least an arm's distance removed from the mainstream of tourist-hungry places.
Art Towns California covers 27 communities that offer their residents as well as visitors a wide range of ways to connect with the unique, local spirit of creativity. Some places, such as Laguna Beach, La Jolla, and Santa Cruz, are most appealing to visitors on their first, second or third journey to the state. Other communities have an enduring charm that never fades, such as Ojai, Mendocino, and Nevada City.
This travel guide gives you an arts-focused look at nearly 30 communities whose special qualities include art centers, outdoor festivals, theater companies, music festivals, and art schools. If you've wondered how and where to discover great art in unusual places, this guidebook gets you to those spots. 30 blackandwhite photographs.
If your preferences in casual travel tend to lead off the beaten path, veering toward places offering vibrant art galleries, exciting art festivals, innovative theatre companies, art-filled coffee bars, and nightclubs showcasing local music talent, Art Towns California is the Golden State travel guidebook you've been waiting for.
From the pristine shores of Lake Tahoe to the secluded beaches of Encinitas, this latest title from the author of The 100 Best Art Towns in America examines the culture of creativity flourishing in 27 communities. Concise profiles give travelers a sense of historical perspective as well as an up-to-date overview of each Art Town's outstanding creative, cultural, and artistic assets. Each community profile includes indexed details about art venues, events, dining and accommodations.
An ideal resource for travelers whose journeys are enhanced through experiencing the creative spirit of a place, Art Towns California can also be used by artists and art lovers seeking to discover dynamic, friendly and supportive creativity centers whose quality of life is embellished through their connection to the arts. Whether your travel agenda involves a quest for small town Shangri-la or more simply is about enjoying an unusually entertaining weekend immersed in local culture, Art Towns California is a resource you'll enjoy using.
About the Author
John Villani has reported on contemporary arts and creative communities for two decades. The author of Art Towns California and The 100 Best Art Towns in America, Villani lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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