Book Worms Welcome: 4 Destinations for the Literature Lover
Dec 16, 2015 12:17
As a book lover, you know there's nothing better than the perfect setting. The right location makes for a perfect story. Don't leave out your best vacations when you tell the story of your life. When you're getting ready to get away for a while, grab your favorite book and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Great libraries, homes of authors past, and an interesting history are all reasons that book lovers will have a blast at these top places to live and visit.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has a huge literary history. If you're looking for gorgeous old bookstores, you can find a number of them, including Dauphine Street Books and Faulkner House Books. Here, you'll feel like you're a part of the literature you love. Many of the bookstores in the area offer Meet the Author days in which you can talk to authors who live and work in New Orleans. If you're looking for the perfect place to visit that has been called home by famous authors, New Orleans is also a great place. It has been home to Anne Rice, William Faulkner, and more. Visit during the New Orleans Literary Festival to meet even more authors and literature lovers.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul may be a somewhat surprising destination for those who love to read. Many well-known authors were born here, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Anne Tyler. The literary history of the city may not be present in as many books as some other cities you can choose, but you can find a number of literary presses, as well as Magers and Quinn Booksellers, which is the biggest independent dealer around. In the Twin Cities, you can even find literary tours. When you know these little facts, it's easy to understand why Minneapolis was named the country's Most Literate City in the 2015 America's Most Literate Cities survey.
If you're a budding author, you shouldn't pass up a visit to Charlottesville, Virginia. Here, you can take writing classes at the University of Virginia, even as a visitor. The Virginia Festival of the Book is held in Charlottesville, as well. At the Festival, you can experience panel discussions, exhibits, readings from some of your favorite authors, and so much more. The city has a number of bookstores, from used book shops to chain stores.
Sylvia Beach Hotel, Nye Beach, Oregon
If you want to immerse yourself in the essence of your favorite author, you may want to head to the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Nye Beach, Oregon. Each room in the hotel is centered around a famous author. Some of the classic authors featured include Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, and William Shakespeare. However, the hotel also features modern authors, including Dr. Seuss and J.K. Rowling. Rooms in this hotel are stocked with books of the authors from around the world. Pen your own musings in the journals left in the room for guests, or read how others have been entranced by the magic here.
When you're looking for the perfect getaway, make sure you don't pass up these great treasures. You'll appreciate the history, books, and experiences you'll have.
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