The privileged spot has famously attracted bohemian types since the 1920s, and remains best known for its major arts festival, Pageant of the Masters. Since 1932, locals have used elaborate costumes and settings to "recreate" the world's most famous paintings, remaining perfectly still for 90 minutes while a soaring orchestra plays. Other arts fairs, including the Sawdust Art Festival and Art-a-Fair (also held in July and August, to coincide with the Pageant of the Masters), Plein Air Painting Invitational, Festival of Arts, and other art shows draw crowds. Can't make it? Scores of art galleries, fascinating shops, wineries, and even a couple of art museums should keep you inspired.
There are scores of hotels, B&Bs, and vacation rentals, all of which fill up for big events, such as the Pageant of the Masters. It's worth making reservations well in advance on sunny summer weekends.