Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

Not for Massachusetts the newfangled glamour of the Hamptons:
Cape Cod is a pastoral, though no less moneyed, oceanside enclave. Characterized by New England manners and venerable names, Cape Cod’s grey-shingled beach manors, Native-named beaches, and many types of lobster dish are linked by a complex maze of preferences and historical legitimacies—older is, here, always better.

Spend your vacation in unrushed perusal of the small
boutiques, soft blonde beaches, and seafood-slinging restaurants. Ask around to find a beach outside the crush of tourists and children—by the end of your stay, you should have a favorite to name when the locals ask.