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<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

Courtesy of Liberty Hotel

Hotel Bike Rental: Boston

The Liberty Hotel, in Beacon Hill (doubles from $295), and Harvard Square’s Charles Hotel (doubles from $199) are partnering to allow guests to travel the five miles between the two properties along the Charles River on Electra Amsterdam Classic bikes.

—Bree Sposato



America's Top Summer Activities 2009
<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

Jarren Vink

Summer Festival: All Points West Music & Arts Festival

Only in its second year, this thriving newcomer will showcase rockers from the Beastie Boys to Coldplay and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, on a grassy site with rare Manhattan views. Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J.; July 31–August 2.

—Tanvi Chheda



America's Top Summer Activities 2009
<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

Elizabeth J. Stefan

Hotel Bike Rental: Boston

Harvard Square’s Charles Hotel (doubles from $199), and The Liberty Hotel, in Beacon Hill (doubles from $295), are partnering to allow guests to travel the five miles between the two properties along the Charles River on Electra Amsterdam Classic bikes.

—Bree Sposato



America's Top Summer Activities 2009
<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

William Brinson

Ballpark Bites: The Yankees

The Stadium: Yankee Stadium is no longer the original House That Ruth Built, but it’s still a shrine to Yankee triumphs past.

The Menu: For a genuine taste of the Bronx, go to field-level section 127 for a sandwich from Mike’s Arthur Avenue Italian Deli, like the light-and-zesty eggplant parm. Other options: Lobel’s of New York and Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. But if you’re in one of the 4,000 premium seats (which run as much as $1,250 a pop), you’ll have access to the Legends Suite Club—where celeb chefs including Masaharu Morimoto and April Bloomfield (the Spotted Pig) will make guest cooking appearances.

The Drink: Duck into Tommy Bahama’s Bar for a “Mo”jito—a blend of rum, club soda, sugar, mint, and fresh lime juice—named for the Bombers’ longtime closer, Mariano Rivera.

Ballpark Bites: The Mets

The Stadium: Citi Field, a big upgrade on Shea, has a sunlit rotunda honoring Jackie Robinson.

The Menu: A trio of top Manhattan restaurateurs is catering to the Amazin’ faithful. Danny Meyer hits a homer with outposts of Shake Shack and Blue Smoke, plus slow-cooked pork tacos with tomatillo-chipotle salsa at El Verano Taquería. Drew Nieporent (Nobu; Corton) has opened the upscale Acela Club (reservations required), and David Pasternack (Esca) operates Catch of the Day, where the lobster roll bats clean up.

The Drink: Brooklyn-brewed Shack-Meister Ale is sold exclusively at Shake Shack (for a booze-free option, try a creamy vanilla frozen custard s

<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

Bev Kehoe

Summer Festival: Vermont Festival of the Arts

Visit the studios of dozens of local artists and attend concerts by the likes of the Vermont Philharmonic. Mad River Valley, Vt.; August 1–September 6.

—Tanvi Chheda



America's Top Summer Activities 2009
<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

Courtesy of Hans Hedemann

New Sport: Paddleboarding

Interested in surfing but can’t commit the time? Stand-up paddleboarding is surfing made easy: the platform is wider, longer, and more stable than a standard surfboard, and a long paddle makes maneuvering simple. Riders can catch waves but also zip through smooth water. On Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort (doubles from $430) arranges lessons through Hans Hedemann (lessons from $75), an outfitter that also runs classes in Waikiki. On the mainland, the hub for the sport is Santa Barbara: BlueLine Paddle Surf (lessons from $75) is located a block from prime paddleboarding territory on East Beach.

—Jennifer Flowers



America's Top Summer Activities 2009
<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

The New York Botanical Garden

Summer Festival: The Edible Garden

The New York Botanical Garden is holding an 11-week-long celebration of edible plants and local food, with gardening demonstrations and lectures by celebrity chefs such as Lidia Bastianich. Bronx, N.Y.; through September 13.

—Tanvi Chheda



America's Top Summer Activities 2009
<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

Courtesy of Gansevoort South

Hotel Bike Rental: Miami

In keeping with the city’s party-all-night vibe, the Gansevoort South (doubles from $395) provides two Puma Stealth Visibility bikes that glow electric green in the dark.

—Bree Sposato



America's Top Summer Activities 2009
<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

Thomas Gibbons

Summer Festival: Festival del Sole

California wine country’s top summer festival, which takes place at venues throughout Napa, combines classical music—including a recital by Renée Fleming—with wine tastings. Napa Valley, Calif.; July 17–25;.

—Tanvi Chheda



America's Top Summer Activities 2009
<center>America's Top Summer Activities 2009</center>

Courtesy of Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Summer Festival: Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

This year’s inaugural concerts, on July 19 and 20, feature works by Caplet and Debussy with narration by actress Claire Bloom. Santa Fe, N.M.; July 19–August 24.

—Tanvi Chheda



America's Top Summer Activities 2009

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