I think musicians and other performance artists set for themselves the ideal place to play such as Carnegie Hall or some well known club where they've seen their favorite musicians and dreamed of some day.
For writers, or at least for me, it's bookstores. There are a few I would like to find my books in and do a reading at such as Shakespeare and Company in Paris. The other would be Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge. I have spent many a lovely afternoon picking through their books and believe it to be a true gem and worth my drive south from New Hampshire.
This is not to say that we don't have wonderful bookstores here. There is Water Street Bookstore here in Exeter:
And Book & Bar in Portsmouth:
But sometimes a heart wanders and finds the exotic in the new-ish.
Anyway, the whole point is to love bookstores and see them as future stops on your path as an author.