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Second Comings: Four destinations stage a comeback.
National Geographic Traveler
by Margaret Loftus
Reinvention being the American way, it’s not surprising that several resort areas are promoting spiffy new makeovers. With a $24 million beach replenishment, new hotels, and celebrity-chef restaurants, Atlantic City is the classic chic-to-shabby-to-chic story. Here are four more:
WISCONSIN DELLS, WI
OLD IMAGE: Borscht Belt comedy and Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing."
THE MAKEOVER: By the 1970s, the flood of Jewish vacationers slowed to a trickle, and the region’s economic prospects were looking pretty grim. A few years ago real estate pioneers began snapping up farmhouses. Hip New Yorkers, fed up with the snarled traffic and inflated rents of Long Island’s South Fork, followed suit. Before long, a slew of celebrities, including Brad Pitt, had bought houses and "New York" magazine christened it "The New Hamptons." Today, long-vacant storefronts are filling up with art galleries, organic markets, and restaurants opened by urban refugees. No farmhouse? Try the new mod ROXBURY MOTEL or the kitschy love shacks at KATES LAZY MEADOW MOTEL (that’s Kate Pierson of the B-52s fame).