Vollis Simpson

5 fantastic folk art destinations in the South

Despite having only a sixth-grade education, Howard Finster became a preacher at age sixteen and dedicated his life to spreading the gospel. In 1976, more than four decades after his ordination, he said he received a vision from God to create 5,000 sacred works of art; by his death in 2001, he’d completed nearly 47,000.
Oak Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast

Where to Stay: Spotlight on Oak Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast

Driving along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Natchez, I pass a small, weathered-wood casino. With its signs for slot machines and table games, the Magnolia Bluffs Casino hints at the fact that chance plays at least a small part in shaping some of the fortunes of this town.

The River Wild: Paddling through a lesser-known side of the mighty Mississippi

Before dawn my wife, Irina, and I set out from Clarksdale, Mississippi, for a paddle trip on the Mississippi River. I’d never been on Big Muddy, much less seen this rarely explored part of the river.
Gaylord Opryland Resort

Where to Stay: Spotlight on Gaylord Opryland Resort’s SoundWaves

Apprehension grips me as I watch my young daughter climb onto a boogie board amid the rushing waves. I’ve just witnessed full-grown adults wipe out on their surfboards in this same spot.
Columbia, South Carolina

48 hours in Cola: Where to eat, drink, stay, and play in South Carolina’s capital

South Carolina's capital city, Columbia, has emerged from the coast's shadow as an awesome getaway in its own right. Like Louisville or Asheville or other mid-sized cities, "Cola" (as it's nicknamed) has experienced a renaissance over the last couple decades. Now, while Cola's charms are still relatively undiscovered, may be the best time to go.
Sunny Point Cafe

Hangover Helpers: Brewers buzz about their favorite spots for the morning after

Five brewers give us the buzz on the best ways to kill a hangover—from fried chicken to queso-loaded nachos to mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Alabama

Flying High: A birding expert shares tips on how to plan an avian adventure on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Why the island is great for birding, which birds you'll see, and advice for those who have never gone birding a day in their life.
Hotel Clermont

Where to Stay: Spotlight on Hotel Clermont

To open an independent boutique hotel inside Atlanta’s perimeter is a big deal. (There are precious few in the city, for reasons upon which no one can quite agree.) But to open an independent boutique hotel above Atlanta’s most legendary strip club? Yes, that’s a big deal indeed.
Winter Park, Florida

Where to shop, sightsee, and more along Winter Park, Florida’s Park Avenue

Thirty miles east of Cinderella Castle, Winter Park, Florida, promises magic of a different kind.
Newfound Gap

Savor the views on a road trip through eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina

Eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina are home to some of the highest elevations in the eastern United States, rising more than 6,000 feet above sea level in some parts. It’s a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts who hike and bike its steep trails and brave its rushing rivers.

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