Emblems of Hope
Origami figures are often left as tributes at Manzanar National Historic Site , near Lone Pine, Calif., where 11,070 Japanese Americans were held during World War II. Every April, visitors honor the internees with an interfaith pilgrimage. These frog earrings ($24) by Miya Cline echo the event’s spirit of renewal. (877) 424-2411, manzanarstore.com .
The Eyes Have It
Sweet, fluffy, custard filled, and chocolate covered—what sets the Portland creme, the city’s official doughnut, apart from its Boston cousin? The two frosting eyes, of course. Taste the difference and try other unusual confections (Cap’n Crunch cereal doughnuts, maple bacon bars) at Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut. (503) 241-4704, voodoodoughnut.com .
Ants on Your Pants?
Keep your eyes peeled after pulling on Red Ants Pants. Every pair of these women’s work jeans ($119) has a sewn-on red ant. “See if you can find your ant in the same place on someone else’s,” says creator Sarah Calhoun. “Send a photo of the match and we’ll send you a T-shirt.” Visit her shop in White Sulphur Springs, Mont. (406) 547-3781, redantspants.com .
Photography by Anita Bowen 
This article was first published in March 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.