Summer in Småland, Sweden
Self-described as “Sweden for Real,” Småland is punctuated with castles, glass factories and cafés serving traditional fika. With a setting worthy of a Grimm's fairytale, it's where children's author Astrid Lindgren was born on a farm called Näs in 1907. Named for the “Small Lands” that comprised it when the Vikings ruled, the area is carpeted with wide meadows and deep forests. Glistening lakes mirror traditional red cottages while an open coast on the Baltic Sea invites marine adventure.