Reviving Retro: Exploring Vintage Charm and Nostalgic Destinations in 2023

In an age of rapid technological progress, turning back the clock offers an antidote. From Mad Men’s kitschy glamour to tie-dye’s recent revival, old trends never seem to disappear completely.

But why? Elizabeth Guffey explores the cyclical nature of trends and discovers how retro fashion is more than a passing trend.


Capitola is one of the oldest beach resorts on the West Coast and is known for its charming townscape, vibrant beaches, upscale shopping and dining opportunities, beautiful wharf, vacation rentals and hotels.

Capitola Historical Museum offers visitors looking for more insight into local history an ideal opportunity. Free admission allows them to view rotating exhibitions that provide more insight.

New Brighton State Park is an ideal spot for wildlife enthusiasts, providing them with opportunities to spot dolphins, sea lions, pelicans, relaxing strolls along the beach and delicious picnics with friends. Additionally, its pristine shores and waters make a fantastic environment in which to swim, kayak or fish.

Capitola, an idyllic village of colorful Mediterranean-style buildings and wide streets lined with palm trees and flowers, features many restaurants with stunning ocean views as well as a theater and regularly hosts events such as the Begonia Festival and Art & Wine Fest.

The Art & Wine Festival is an annual event where visitors can sample exquisite wines from Santa Cruz wineries as well as local artisans’ food products, while being entertained by more than 160 artists who showcase their talent at this unique celebration of creativity and art.

Wilkeson & Carbonado

Wilkeson and Carbonado both began to emerge as smaller communities as coal mining waned, maintaining much of its old school charm while staying small and tight-knit. Both towns can now be found along the Carbon River; today both towns serve as popular adventure travel spots, featuring hiking, mountain biking and even rail trails that connect directly with Tolmie Peak Trailhead at Mount Rainier National Park.

Carbonado may be small, but its main street offers rich historical insight. Here you can visit the old Martha Washington Hotel from 1880 as well as buildings featuring similar wainscotting and chair railing installed by Gus Carlson when he opened his hotel-turned-pizzeria in 1910.

After working up an appetite, head over to Carlson Block Pizzeria for what has been dubbed “the best pizza in Washington state”. For a sweet treat or bit of local history, visit Simple Goodness Sisters Soda Shop; two sisters run this retro retreat that grows its own herbs for use in creating authentic soda shop treats for both kids and adults alike.

Are You Planning on Spending more Time Here? Visitors looking to extend their stay can stay overnight at either of the town’s campground or private cabins and lodges, such as Shady Rest B&B or even an innovative 2-Story Container Studio. Backcountry camping at Mount Rainier may also be available but requires a wilderness permit.

North Pole

Travelers looking for an escape from digital distractions are increasingly seeking adventures that bring back simpler times – from nostalgic theme park visits and bus trips, to group experiences that bring childhood memories flooding back.

Travelers have increasingly turned away from major cities for quieter destinations in small towns across America. These trips will likely remain popular well into 2023.

Rural charm is finding newfound appreciation across the southeastern United States, with local communities adopting an “off the beaten path” mentality and welcoming travelers who wish to explore areas off their typical travel paths. Luxury guided tours provide access to these communities’ hidden gems while giving travelers an authentic glimpse of quaint townlife.

Houston’s Heights House Hotel combines vintage fun with modern luxury, offering vintage murals, pet-friendly accommodations and a throwback bar that serves classic cocktails. Also featured at this historic mansion, carriage house and stables is its croquet or bocce ball outing on its manicured lawn – comparable experiences can also be had during trips to Italy where travelers can explore cobblestone streets and ancient ruins of Pompeii or cruise Venice’s canals by gondola!

Sylvan Beach

Sylvan Beach is an idyllic summer destination on the eastern shores of Oneida Lake. Just an easy drive away from Syracuse and Utica, Sylvan Beach boasts family-oriented events and activities as well as plenty of restaurants and shops for a memorable vacation experience.

Guests of all ages will love experiencing Pirates Weekend at Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, riding its classic carousel, and watching its historic canals come alive during Canal Fest. Other great activities include stock car racing at Utica-Rome Speedway; viewing artifacts and displays relating to Oneida Indian life at Shako:wi Cultural Center; touring Sherrill Manufacturing to learn their history of crafting Liberty Tabletop flatware made exclusively in America!

Visitors to Cooper Jack Marina have their choice of accommodations ranging from hotels, cabins and rental homes as well as camping at Cooper Jack Marina. In addition, Cooper Jack Village hosts an events calendar filled with music festivals, food celebrations, holiday festivities, themed days/weekends/markets/family friendly activities that bring life and colour into summer in this quaint village! Plus there’s always the quaint shops and eateries offering delicious cuisine as a relaxing backdrop – not to mention family friendly events happening year round!

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