Nashville: Belle Meade, Tennessee
Exciting and pompous fact: Al Gore, the man who invented the internet when we used to capitalize it, lives there. AND SO DOES '90S SINGER-SONGWRITER AMY GRANT!!
There are a lot of different angles to this one, but if you really want to understand the pick, you'll need to get yourself to the famously old South Belle Meade Country Club, which, as one friend from Nashville put it, is like being "inside the beginning of a John Grisham novel before any of the wrongs get righted." And no, I can’t do better than that. -- K.A.
New York City: Where to begin?
As the biggest, most obnoxious city in the country, NYC has too many insufferable 'burbs to highlight just one. So we picked one from each member of the tri-state area. Keep in mind: everyone in all three of these towns has had sex with each other at either The Hunt, Surf Club, or both.
Exciting and pompous fact: It's one of America's 10 richest towns. Wow!
Picking the most obnoxious suburb in Connecticut is like picking the fastest racehorse at the track, and this analogy just devoured itself because all the racehorses at the track are actually owned by people who live in the suburbs of Connecticut. Anyway, I chose Darien. Like most of Fairfield County, this monied 'burb is a tedious alabaster haven of Marmot fleece vests and German crossover vehicles. It has the added distinction of having some lovely beaches (not obnoxious), and restricting them only to its own residents (very obnoxious!). Wondering why I didn't pick Greenwich? I was going to, but I know some people from there whose one-story house only sits on a half-acre lot, and frankly, that's an immediate disqualifier as far as I'm concerned. -- Dave Infante, Thrillist producer