The Most Hipster Vacation Destinations in America

Published On 05/20/2016 Published On 05/20/2016
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1. Phoenicia Diner 5681 Route 28, Phoenicia, NY 12464

The Phoenicia Diner in Phoenicia, New York has been around since 1962. It was originally located on Island, but in the 80s they picked up the whole damn building and moved it to Phoenicia, finally refurbishing it in 2012. The exterior looks like the cover of a hipster magazine, meaning it's so retro you can easily go #nofilter on the Instagram. The food takes it way beyond the typical diner fare, with locally smoked fish and house-cured corned beef hash, so slide up on a stool and stay a while for the killer Bloody Marys and breakfast served all day.

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2. Big Horse Brew Pub 115 State St, Hood River, OR 97031

This four-story brewery and restaurant has a deck and phenomenal views of the Columbia River Gorge. They serve both classic and elevated pub food, from burgers to small plates featuring quinoa, and they've got a great selection of beer to round out the menu.

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3. New Glarus Brewing Company 2400 Wisconsin 69, New Glarus, WI 53574

Although this Old-World European-style brewery doesn't quite fit in with, well, the entire state of Wisconsin, the chalet vibe of New Glarus makes a visit much more enriching. Family owned and operated, this brewery has a tasting room, self-guided tours, and more serious hard-hat tours where you get to really see the action. They make six yearly brews -- like the Spotted Cow, Moon Man, and Raspberry Tart -- and also have seasonal selections for the holidays.

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4. New Glarus Bakery 534 1st St, New Glarus, WI 53574

Around since 1910, this local mainstay isn't messing around with the carbs; Old World, Swiss-inspired baked goods reign supreme here. A variety of breads -- such as standard pumpernickel, sourdough, and rye, along with creative loaves like cheesy baked potato and herbed beer -- are offered alongside sweet treats. Be sure to try the Swiss croquettes and Morning buns.

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5. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company 390 Capistrano Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

House-brewed beers and California-inspired plates are cranked out at the laid-back Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. It offers a dog-friendly fire pit and patio overlooking the water, where you can sip craft suds, partake in trivia night, and listen to live bands. Alongside your malty amber ale, you'll want to order one of Half Moon's fresh seafood dishes, such as Baja tacos, prawns & chips, or Dungeness crab in either the garlic, pesto, or cajun variety. (Fun fact: Dungeness crab fishing is illegal in the San Francisco Bay because the region is considered a breeding and hatching ground, so much of SF's Dungeness comes from Half Moon Bay.)

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6. Breckenridge Brewery & Pub 600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

With a selection of seasonal brews, small-batch offerings, and even some barrel-aged beers, Breckenridge Brewery & Pub in Breckenridge (DUH), Colorado is one of the state's premier beer destinations.

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7. Gold Pan Saloon 103 N Main, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Built in 1879, "The Pan" is the oldest bar in Breck. The bar's got an authentic wood-burning stove, so you can warm up while you guzzle some of the tasty libations on offer.

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8. The Leaning Pear 111 River Rd, # 110, Wimberley, TX 78676-5167

The Leaning Pear is where the glamping comes back into play. The menu at this sophisticated spot, perched on top of a bluff in the middle of Hill Country, takes it way beyond just s’mores and wieners: menu highlights include upped fried green tomatoes, slow-braised pork shoulders, and wood-fired pizzas. A decent selection of beer and wine are also available.

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9. Allagash Brewing Company 50 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103

Dedicated to crafting great, Belgian-inspired beers, this popular Portland brewery offers an impressive selection of year round, "tribute" (brewed to give back to the community), "coolship" (crafted using spontaneous femernation) and limited brews. Allagash also provides tours, tastings, a retail store, and a number of eclectic events a month.

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10. Peak Organic Brewing Company 110 Marginal Way #802, Portland, ME 04101

Founded in 2006, this craft brewing company uses local, artisan and organic ingredients to create delicious beers like dry-hopped pilsners and imperial red ales.

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11. The Shipyard Brewing Company 86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101

The largest brewer in Maine, Shipyard Brewery prepares 20 varieties of fresh handcrafted microbrews at a time. A significant part of the Portland waterfront, the Shipyard tasting room carries a lineup of 14 beers and 6 craft sodas on draft, which patrons can enjoy in an airy 1,700 square foot space.

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12. Bissell Brothers Brewing 1 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103

Rounding out Portland, Maine's already great craft beer scene is Bissell Brothers Brewing, a family owned and operated outfit cranking out great, unique brews. Chief among them is the immensely drinkable Baby Genius Session Ale brewed with citra hops, a brew we can bet you'll be sipping all summer long. The artsy taproom is a great place to hang out and pass some time.

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13. Rising Tide Brewing Company 103 Fox St, Portland, ME 04101

Given Portland's gravitation towards the bohemian as of late, it's not surprising that breweries like Rising Tide have decided to set up camp here. This small-scale, family-owned brewery, in particular, specializes in ales brewed in small batches, and released out onto the hipster hoards in bottles and in tasting rooms in Portland and at select locations in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

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14. Eventide Oyster Co. 86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley very much care about their oysters, which is why they offer up an extremely well curated list from Maine and “Away”, and allow you to pick accoutrement, including three types of ice (get the Tabasco), and two mignonettes (get the Mimosa one). The space is bright, light blue and airy, with plenty of wooden stools for saddling up to the raw bar.

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15. Foxy Loxy Café 1919 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

Foxy Loxy is a gallery-meets-coffee-shop-meets-taqueria-meets-bar where, as you can imagine given that lineup, the bearded-peeps flock. After you successfully caffeinate and fuel up on chorizo tacos (or vegan -- they know their clientele), lounge in their enclosed courtyard where shady trees and white princess chairs abound.

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16. Leopold's Ice Cream 212 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401

At just four years shy of turning a century old, Leopold’s is a Savannah institution. Founded in 1919 by three immigrant brothers, the spot is truly an old-school soda fountain diner, with BLTs and pimento cheese sandwiches sharing menu space with chocolate chip and pistachio ice creams, happily scooped by white hat-wearing workers.