The result is an underappreciated food city where farm-to-table is taken literally.
It’s also a scant 90-minutes from San Francisco to the west and Lake Tahoe to the east, and under an hour to Napa and Sonoma.
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The thrill of discovery, er, peaks when happening upon Bisbee, a mining-town-turned-arts-colony tucked into the desert.
But when the city takes the opportunity to lay claim to its complex history rather than deny it, that honesty also becomes the fabric of its culture.
So yes, while Montgomery boasts historical landmarks like the tiny First White House of the Confederacy, it answers with the estimable Civil Rights Memorial & Center, featuring a commemorative wall by the same designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC.
Homer rocks a hell of a beach scene -- the 4.5-mile-long Homer Spit, a green tendril of land reaching into the bay, is home to a Coney Island-esque boardwalk popping with scoop shops, trinket stores, a historic ship graveyard and expansive public beaches, where glacier-covered mountains reflect in the bay waters lapping against the sand.
The town also rocks a fruit winery with a tasting room, two notable independent bookstores (Homer Bookstore and Old Inlet Bookshop), an impressive range of dining options and a solid collection of dive bars.