Not Just a Nut: 9 things you may not know about pecans

With a harvest season that runs from late September through November, pecans are an essential element of fall spreads, from pecan pie to pecan-flecked sweet potato casserole.

Where to Stay: Old Edwards Inn and Spa

"Come on in! I’ll get y’all some Champagne,” calls a bellman. My husband and I have arrived at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in downtown Highlands, North Carolina, for a quick getaway.

Spirited Fun: Ghost hunters reveal some of the liveliest places in their cities

These lively haunts may not be spooky, but they're certainly fun.

Embark on an Alpine adventure in Helen, Georgia

In 1968, the tiny mountain town of Helen was dying. Over lunch, three local businessmen decided the town needed to add some street appeal if it hoped to capture the interests of passersby. By the time the leaves began to turn in 1969, Alpine Helen was born.

Recipe: James Beard Award winner Dolester Miles’s famous coconut cake

Dolester Miles grew up in Bessemer, Alabama, making Southern layer cakes with her mother and aunt using only a hand mixer. Today, Miles is one of America's best bakers.

Want Food, Will Travel: 8 Southern plates worth the drive—or flight

Would you jet to Miami for a Cuban hamburger? Take a trip to Savannah for foie gras and grits? How about head to Asheville for a whole-hog pulled-pork plate? Some dishes are so remarkable, they’re worth traveling that extra mile—or even hundreds of miles.

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