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36 hours, courtesy of the New York Times

The New York Times' weekly 36 Hours features are capsule city guides, often with lots of attention to historic architecture. Some recent guides that may be of interest to aficionados of the Arts & Crafts movement:

  • 36 Hours in Syracuse NY, by Hart Seely: not only does much of Syracuse's historic civic architecture reflect the movement, but their Everson Museum of Art contains a large room devoted to local resident Gustav Stickley and his furniture.
  • 36 Hours in Guthrie OK, by Kathleen Leighton: An attractive and often-overlooked prairie town, with a downtown that is in its entirety a National Historic Landmark. Take the First Capitol trolley on a tour of "downtown brickwork and houses in Victorian, Craftsman, Prairie, Bungalow and Colonial Revival styles."
  • 36 Hours in Nashville TN, by Taylor Holliday: Certainly one of the most hospitable cities in the country, "the Athens of the South" is chock-full of neat restored and well-maintained Craftsman homes, including several that have entered a second life as bed & breakfasts - like The Cat's Pajamas, a 1918 downtown bungalow with three large guestrooms to let. And don't forget to stop at Hatch Show Print, one of the greatest letterpress poster shops in the country, still cranking out vibrant, colorful work under manager and master printer Jim Sherraden, who I once studied under.

Other Times travel features that may be of special interest include:

  • Road Trip, Route 20 through New York State: Bouckville and its art galleries and Craftsman frame houses, and of course East Aurora and the Roycroft Campus and inn are worthy of a visit, and this is a particularly pretty drive in autumn.
  • Mining Aura Inside a Mountain: Ann Crittenden visits the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, home of the world's largest annual Arts & Crafts festival and conference.
  • The Quirky Heart of the East Bay: Megan Harlan explores Berkeley and Oakland, stopping at the Claremont Hotel (which she relays Frank Lloyd Wright's report of being "one of the few hotels in the world with warmth, character and charm"), has a meal at Chez Panisse, one of the finest restaurants in the country and perhaps the world (situated, in fact, in a beautifully restored Craftsman bungalow which my father lived in - when it was a roominghouse, many years ago - as a UC Berkeley undergrad), and wanders some of my favorite neighborhoods and places I frequented as a child.