While we’re on the right track to recovery, COVID-19 still made Memorial Day and summer travel look a little different this year. Some Americans are vaccinated and eager to hit the road, while othersrs may choose to spend time at home with family and friends. With that in mind, we’re naming the best summer travel destinations of 2021, as well as four highly rated companies that can bring the destination to you with their unique offers.
Whether it’s a beautiful print of Palm Springs, California; delicious dumplings delivered to your door direct from New York; a colorful and curated gift box of local San Antonio goodies; or specialty honeys from Savannah, GA – Yelp is here for you when you start dreaming of your next getaway.
In a year when many of us chose not to travel and spent time at home, gifts like these have become a great way to support small businesses and delight loved ones with a new experience. Below, we’ve highlighted four destinations across the country, as well as independent companies that offer local rocket and national shipping.
Top 2021 Memorial Day Travel Destinations, According to Yelp *:
Destination: San Antonio, Texas
How to bring San Antonio to you: Feliz Modern San Antonio
Co-owners Mario and Ginger Diaz both come from art and design backgrounds and wanted to create a space for local and global colorful art, gifts and home decor with the flavor of San Antonio that would appeal to an audience as well. wider. The original boutique on Olmos Drive opened in 2017 and has since expanded to a second location at the Historic Pearl Brewery and an online store in felizmodern.com. A Latinx-owned company, Feliz Modern gives back to his city by selling products that support different community organizations.
Destination: Palm springs, california
How to bring Palm Springs to you: Shag Store Palm Springs
Known for its posh hotels and even more for its posh people, Palm Springs is sure to dazzle. Explore Shag Store P alm Springs to bring glamor straight to your door. Each print is hand signed and numbered by Shag himself, and you can browse their online store for a Palm Springs Embroidered Pillow, a Pool Party Tote Bag, Palm Springs Coasters, and more.
Destination: Savannah, Georgia
How to bring you the savannah: Savannah Bee Company
Savannah Bee Company, founded in 2002 by bee and beekeeping expert Ted Dennard, is rooted in Savannah, Georgia, but has roots and beehives all over the world. Best known for its flagship product Tupelo honey harvested from the Altamaha and Apalachicola river basins in Georgia and Florida, Savannah Bee Company also has an extensive product line that includes specialty honeys and honeycomb, body care and beauty items, household items, and more.
Destination: New York, New York
How to bring New York to you: At Mimi Cheng
New York’s beloved dumpling institution Mimi Cheng’s came about when two sisters couldn’t find dumplings like the ones their mother made. Using family recipes, sisters Marian and Hannah Cheng opened the first location in 2014, and the duo added a third location earlier this year.
Mimi Cheng’s now ships her homemade dumplings nationwide on Golden belly. Support a business owned by Asian women by eating delicious dumplings? We will take it!
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*To determine the list, we relied on both data – Yelp’s Data Science team looked for cities that were of the greatest seasonal interest to consumers – as well as human curation.