I am a big fan of using big, bold imagery, interactive navigation (right now I love visual sitemaps), and “free flowing” video components in sites. Copy should be minimal and right to the point. I also can’t stress enough how important the field of interaction design is in making these sites great!
Here is a list of my current favorite websites:
(of course there are a number of these in which I like the site for multiple components)
http://www.visittheotherbritain.com – make sure to wait a bit on this page