“We go to the Cinque Terre, a set of five little fishing villages on the northern Italian coastline connected only by footpaths and trains. Vernazza, the village where we stay, has beautiful little pastel stucco buildings stuck onto the sides of the mountain, wonderful food, and a wonderful beach culture.”
—Michaela Mahady, AIA, SALA Architects, Stillwater, Minn.


Credit: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

“Miami. It's an ever-changing place both physically and socially.”
—Dennis Wedlick, AIA, Dennis Wedlick Architect, New York City


  • Rhode Island Tourism Division
    Rhode Island Tourism Division

“Every year we go to Block Island [shown at right], which is about 14 miles off Montauk Point, N.Y., and part of Rhode Island. It's a teeny, laid-back island that people describe as the way Nantucket used to be 30 or 40 years ago.”
—Paul Masi, AIA, Bates Masi Architects, Sag Harbor, N.Y.

“I'm fascinated by rail travel, so it would have to be my sketchbook, my backpack, and a train ticket from Portland, Maine, to San Francisco.”
—Eric Reinholdt, Elliott Elliott Norelius Architecture, Blue Hill, Maine


  • Credit: Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage

“Nova Scotia [left]. Quiet. Not crowded. Hasn't changed in 200 years. Clean air and water. Perfect weather. Perfect sailing. Reserved, polite people. Beautiful scenery.”
—Brad Lynch, Brininstool + Lynch, Chicago