“Some travelers trace the history of a place through its architecture. Others get the backstory by focusing on food, while still others study its art. For collectors, the obvious path is through local antiques shops, where stacks of pottery, walls of quirky wire objects, and piles of homespun linen offer lessons in a town’s history. This is just one of the advantages of spending a weekend browsing on foot rather than online. The other benefits depend on where you go.
The Heights District, 15 minutes away [from downtown], has a more bohemian vibe. Heights Station, an 1895 carriage barn, bursts with the contents of many attics.”