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Been There, Do This: Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Seattle

Some novels are best read with a glass of whiskey, served neat, to assist in punctuating long chapters and sweeping narratives. Regrettably, I’ve found that most literary establishments do not follow this pleasure-mixed-with-more-pleasure tactic — that is, until my friends and I stumbled upon Bookstore Bar & Cafe while strolling around the streets of downtown Seattle.

Been There, Do This: Montreal-Style Bagels in Vancouver

The bagels at Rosemary Rocksalt in Vancouver, British Columbia, are the kind of baked goods that deserve to be courted with fine wine and even finer dining — the kind you would be proud to bring home to meet the parents.

Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

There are plenty of reasons for travelers to stay put in Puerto Vallarta, from raucous bars to shiny all-inclusive resorts overlooking the Pacific. But those in search of a quieter scene with more locals than tourists might consider driving north about 100 miles to San Blas, a Spanish colonial town in Riviera Nayarit that’s rife with history and natural beauty.

Been There, Do This: Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Before 1592, the people of Munich had to import their beer from the town of Einbeck some 340 miles away. Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, simply would not stand for this, and ordered his royal court to come up with a solution. Their plan: build Munich’s own brewery.