Word of Mouth: Asbury Park

New Jersey's dynamic coastal destination in the midst of a cultural resurgence

Lovingly referred to as “the Shore,” New Jersey’s coast is home to some of the most beautiful beaches within driving distance of NYC. From Sandy Hook to Cape May, the Shore is lined with many resort towns worthy of exploration, but none are experiencing a renaissance like Asbury Park—a small, quirky town on the cusp of becoming New York City’s biggest beach destination. Originally developed …

Le Voyage à Nantes Public Art Festival

Artworks interact with the French city itself—and some stay in place forever

If you arrive by boat to Nantes in western France, you’ll quickly understand what makes the city (the country’s sixth largest) such an unusual and thrilling place. Scattered all along the Loire river on the way into the city are massive public artworks, including a skeletal sea-snake and a typical French stone house that’s sat in the middle of the river and looks like it …

Word of Mouth: Belle-Île-en-Mer, Brittany

Ferry away to idyllic port cities, breathtaking cliffside hikes and secluded sandy beaches

Distill the essence of a seaside vacation destination. You may find a vision of quaint cottages settled along sandy coves. Perhaps it’s a series of small, colorful towns dotted by restaurants serving local cuisine beside shops with regional wares. Maybe it’s simply a salty breeze, a walk through a shaded garden or a moment of quiet under the sun. After a 45-minute ferry ride into …

Japan’s Shupatto Bags Easily Collapse for Simple Stowing

From totes to backpacks, foldable ripstop polyester products that roll up to save space

  In many ways, the Shupatto bags, produced by Marna, act as an easy-to-decipher optical illusion. The Japanese company designs and manufactures a range of ripstop nylon productstotes of varying sizes, a backpack and morethat collapse and roll into surprisingly small bundles for stowing. This concept isn’t new, but the way Marna has engineered all of them isthanks to an intuitive structure drawn from the …

Road Trip: Manhattan to Montauk

Lobster rolls, sunset parties and other classics along the way to NY's easternmost point

by Mike Tommasiello Each summer, when the heat and humidity in the city reaches unbearable levels, many New Yorkers set their sights on an escape. A particular favorite is easternmost point of the state: Montauk. Beaches, surfing, clams, beer, lobster rolls, and moreMontauk used to be known as the anti-Hamptons, though has certainly been gaining popularity over the past decade. Accessible by the Jitney, train …