By Leah Still for Shermans Travel -- Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages.
Salt Lake City
In most American ski towns, après ski typically means drinking a few beers in a rustic, cabin-style bar while you rub your tired feet. But SLC is no ski town -- it's a classy yet outdoorsy city just 45 minutes from some of the country's top resorts, and by showing your lift ticket and mentioning "après ski" to the Utah Symphony box office, you'll get the best seats in the house at a discounted price. The city's sophistication continues at acclaimed restaurants like Pago, where every item on the menu is locally sourced, and Forage, known for its 14-course tasting menu.
Also mentioned in the article (click link below for full story) are St. Petersburg, Kansas City, Bentonville and Bend.