Here's a round-up of the latest USA travel news and stories that caught my eye.
- If you're searching for a really traditional Christmas celebration, National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog suggests you visit Williamsburg, Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg has taverns serving 18th century meals, candlelight concerts, and more. [NatGeo Intelligent Travel blog]
- I once went on a walking tour of New York City during which many homes and haunts of famous writers were noted. This literary tour of New York City is an excellent round-up of where book lovers should go now, from bars that promote poetry slams and book browsing to bookstores and other historic venues. [NYT]
- Speaking of historic NYC venues, the old-time supper club Rainbow Room is officially a New York City landmark. [NY Post]
- One rarely thinks of Missouri and skiing in the same thought. But the Show Me State's Hidden Valley is "home to one of the ski industry's most rapidly expanding companies." [Outside]
- In the recent election, voters in Maine decided to allow gay marriage in their state. The Bangor Daily News reports that the state is expecting an economic windfall thanks to same-sex marriage tourism. Whit Richardson talks to the editor of Real Maine Weddings, B&B owners, and others about the economic prospects. [Bangor Daily News]
- Sarasota, Florida, is known for having some of best beaches in the United States. Geraldine Fabrikant tells us what else to do in Sarasota, including fine dining and visiting the Ringling Museum of Art. [NYT]
- Should you be visiting Kauai and wish to escape the beaches, Christopher Elliott has tips on how families can get lost on the island, from visiting the "Grand Canyon of the Hawaiian Islands" to taking a plantation railway. [NatGeo Intelligent Travel Blog]