As with all long weekends, this last one was far, far too short. If it were up to me, three-day weekends would be the norm. Why not? You'd still get a respectable four days of work under your belt, but you'd also get an added day to enjoy the sunshine, slip off to the beach, and maybe even pick up a new hobby. In fact, I contribute my lack of surfing skills to the country's measly weekend allotment.

You are here. And I've been just about everywhere else rummaging for the best in maps to bring to you... here. Below, a few personal favorites that will help you get your bearings as stylishly as possible.

What events not to miss this weekend, from sales to exhibitions to open houses.

Who's ready for a clambake? True this is hardly the Hamptons, but summer sun and holiday weekends make me nostalgic for that classic East Coast tradition, regardless of the fact that I've never actually been to one.

Back in my college years, a day in nearby Pasadena was usually spent exclusively in Old Town, perusing the sales racks at Urban Outfitters and stopping off for a bite at the Cheesecake Factory before heading home. My, how times–and my taste–have changed.

Nearly 20 years ago, Mary Robinson and Tim Flato and their three young children moved into a 1904 Craftsman on a tree-lined street in Piedmont. It had a gigantic kitchen with an island perfect for serving hurried breakfasts and a grassy, fenced-in backyard where the kids could run wild.

Like many natives of the East Coast, Sharon Portnoy had fantasies about California living based on images of postwar homes by the likes of Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and Gregory Ain.

For nearly six years, Helena and Bill Wheeler lived in architectural denial.

New York’s annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair never fails to delight, with furnishings from California designers that stood out among the world’s best. By Lydia Lee   SHAPE SHIFTING

I remember, very vividly, being completely blown away by my courses in Western Civilization. 


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