How do you find out about local favorites like the Puka Dog Hawaiian-Style Hot Dogs on Kauai or the Hull’s Drive-In Theatre in Lexington, Virginia? One way is the Local Secrets, Big Finds guide.
Travelocity just released the third version of this guide, which it posts every other year. The hangouts, attractions and events are recommended by the public and vetted by staffers. (This time, Travelocity subsidiary IgoUgo was involved for the first time.)
It’s a delightfully subjective and idiosyncratic guide to hidden and sort-of hidden gems across the United States, from down-home diners and community swimming pools to rustic lodges, funky bars and off-beat festivals. I came away from the 2005 version with a list of places I want to visit, and I guess I’ll have to keep adding places this year.
And it’s not just about travel far afield. I realized that I’ve been to only two of the five recommended Connecticut sites: Modern Apizza in New Haven and Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam. I’d best put the other three – Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown, Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill and Angel’s Watch Inn in Westbrook – at the top of my list.