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It may not surprise you to hear we fall pretty hard for each town included here on Hip Green Scene, and while we have plenty more in store for you in the coming months, we felt the beginning of summer is the perfect time for a little recap of our adventures that might inspire you to get on the road. Here’s the places we’re most likely to mutter, “oh yeah, remember that?” full of awe and envy. Face it, your town rocks.

Best Artisan ChocolateEscazu Artisan Chocolates, Raleigh, NC

Best Asian Soul FoodXiao Bao Biscuit, Charleston, SC

Best BiscuitCallie’s Hot Little Biscuit, Charleston, SC

Best BrunchMilktooth, Indianapolis, IN

Best Bucolic SceneryTrader’s Point Creamery, Zionsville, IN

Best Caramels–Fennel caramels at Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop, Durham, NC

Best Chicken and WafflesBeasley’s Chicken and Honey, Raleigh, NC

Best CocktailTIE:  El Diablo at Table Three Ten, Lexington, KY; Alley Flower Fizz at Bull and Beggar, Asheville, NC

Best Consignment ClothesRevolver Consignment Boutique, Raleigh, NC

Best Community-minded Bike ShopThe Broke Spoke, Lexington, KY

Best Courtyard for Day-DrinkingBlind Tiger Pub and Courtyard, Charleston, SC

Best Croissant–Sour Cherry and Pistachio Croissant from Sub Rosa Bakery, Richmond, VA

Best Cronut in the SouthFox’s Donut Den, Nashville, TN

Best Culinary NirvanaFindlay Market, Cincinnati, OH

Best Curated Flea MarketThe City Flea, Cincinnati, OH

Best Downtown Lunch with a ViewCapital Club 16, Raleigh, NC

Best Educational GardenState Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, GA

Best French Pastry–Soleil Levant Mousse Pastry at Ghyslain, Louisville, KY

Best Fried White Fish PlatterThe Fish House and Cafe Beignet, Louisville, KY

Best Gourmet HotdogSenate, Cincinnati, OH

Best Grown-up PlaygroundSouthside Social, Chattanooga, TN

Best “Hometown Pride” MerchandiseWHY Louisville, Louisville, KY

Best HostelThe Crash Pad, Chattanooga, TN

Best Late-Night Beach MarketBert’s Market, Folly Beach, SC

Best Lobster RollThe Octopus Bar, Atlanta, GA

Best Mayan Appetizer–Yucatec Salbutes from Mayan Cafe, Louisville, KY

Best MeatloafEarly Girl Eatery, Asheville, NC

Best Men’s StoreTIEArticle Menswear and Provisions, Cincinnati, OH; Lumina Clothing Company, Raleigh, NC

Best Museum Art ParkIMA’s Virginia B. Fairbanks 100 Acre Art and Nature Park, Indianapolis, IN

Best Museum Gift StoreAckland Museum Store, Chapel Hill, NC

Best Museum Singles SceneVMFA, Richmond, VA

Best Music Venue with Rooftop AccessThe Georgia Theater, Athens,GA

Best Outdoor City WorkoutMount Adams steps to Riverfront Park, across the Purple People Bridge and back, Cincinnati, OH

Best Outdoor SculptureNorth Carolina Museum of Art, Durham, NC

Best Paddling Experience in the LowcountryCoastal Expeditions, Mount Pleasant, SC

Best Place to Commission a Piece of Reclaimed Wood FurnitureSons of Sawdust, Athens, GA

Best Place to be Cool Without Leaving the NeighborhoodElliotborough Mini Bar, Charleston, SC

Best Place for Design Mavens to ShopTIEEclectic, Mount Pleasant, SC; Furbish Studio, Raleigh, NC

Best Place to Feel Literary and Woozy at the Same TimePoe’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Island, SC

Best Place for Funky Furniture Made from Industrial ItemsYellow Chair Market, Carrboro, NC

Best Place to Get 5-Star Cuisine in a Gas StationSaxapahaw General Store, Saxapahaw, NC

Best Place to Get in a Honky Tonk MoodPioneer House of Letterpress & Design, Knoxville, TN

Best Place for Indian Street FoodChai Pani, Asheville, NC

Best Place for Locally-brewed Sour BeerTIE: Wicked Weed Funkatorium, Asheville, NC; Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Saxapahaw, NC

Best Place for Locally-made BittersCrude Bitters and Soda, Raleigh, NC

Best Place to Put Money on a Horse RaceKeeneland, Lexington, KY

Best Place for Rock Star Vintage-ChicDear Hearts, Durham, NC

Best Place to Scavenger for Art ProjectsScrap Exchange, Durham, NC

Best Place to Score Eco-friendly Flip-flopsFeelGoodz, Raleigh, NC

Best Place to Shop for Vintage DecorNostalgia on McCalla, Knoxville,TN

Best Place for Small Batch DenimTIEMarc Nelson Denim, Knoxville, TN; Raleigh Denim Workshop Curatory, Raleigh, NC

Best Place to Stoke an Epistolary RelationshipMac and Murphy, Charleston, SC

Best Place to Strike up a Conversation while Buying WineWashington Street Purveyors, Lexington, VA

Best Place to Try Bike PoloLexington Bicycle Polo League, Coolavin Park, Lexington, KY

Best Public Gardens to StrollSarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC

Best Cozy Restaurant that Makes You Feel Destined to Move ThereStardust Cafe, Lewisburg, WV

Best Reason to Ride Long Distances on Your BikeVelo Girl Rides Cycle to Farm Black Mountain Tour, Black Mountain, NC

Best Romantic French RestaurantChez Nous, Charleston, SC

Best SandwichGoose the Market, Indianapolis, IN

Best Savory Hand PieProper Pie Co., Richmond, VA

Best Savory Muffin–Bacon and Gruyere muffin at National Provisions, Lexington, KY

Best Seafood ShackSaltbox Seafood Joint, Durham, NC

Best Shop/Art Gallery ComboQuirk, Richmond, VA

Best Small Independent BookstoreLetters Bookshop, Durham, NC

Best SpeakeasyPeter Kern Library in the Oliver Hotel, Knoxville, TN

Best Street TacoBakersfield OTR, Cincinnati, OH

Best Surprise with Your Sandwich Order–Housemade chips at Sweet Treats Bakery in Lexington, VA

Best Sustainable FashionCommunity, Athens, GA

Best Tiny Wine and Cheese ShopGoat. Sheep. Cow., Charleston, SC

Best Way to Get Noticed in NuLu–playing on Garage Bar’s illuminated ping-pong tables, Louisville, KY

Best “Wear It Constantly” Custom JewelryMeg C. Jewelry, Lexington, KY
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