Cold Calling: 21 refreshing retreats in the South that offer a dose of nature’s air-conditioning

Can you even call yourself a Southerner if you don’t spend at least a quarter of the year griping about the heat (and don’t forget the humidity)? But during a season when the forecast seems permanently set to “scorching,” you can still find pockets of delicious coolness—and we don’t mean the blast radius around your air-conditioning vent.

Inn Spotlight: Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Checking in at Hotel Domestique in the foothills of South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is like arriving at a European country manor.

3 authentic plate lunch recipes from the heart of Cajun Country

Born in Acadiana (Louisiana’s historically French region) in the sixties, a plate lunch is a working person’s meal. Portions are large so as to keep hunger at bay until nightfall.

The Lunch Ladies of Lafayette: 3 women dishing up a true taste of Cajun Country

Their primary job is to serve the most central of daily meals: lunch. They are early risers, okra choppers, roux stirrers, crowd herders. They are keepers of their family’s long-held recipes. They bear up under pressure. They are survivors.

5 things I learned at Discovery Cove

Recently, after a particularly gloomy day of virtual school, my 11-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son were in tears. “I’m so sick of screens!” she said. “I’m sick of everything,” he said. It was all I needed to hear.

3 iconic Southern stays share recipes of their signature drinks and dishes

If you can’t visit these establishments, at least you can do the next best thing—re-create their signature drink or dish from the comfort of your home.

Mystery and Beauty: Messages from Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach

I stumbled onto Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach for the first time nearly a decade ago. This was, not coincidentally, the same week that a spider wrote me a note.

Hotel Spotlight: Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans

Truman Capote was not born inside New Orleans’s Hotel Monteleone. But when he drank there with friends, which was often, he liked to claim he was.

Highlands, North Carolina’s Main Street is a gathering place for locals and a sweet escape for visitors

Situated on a mountain plateau in western North Carolina, some 4,000 feet above sea level, the four-stoplight town of Highlands is no secluded hamlet. Dubbed the Aspen of the East, it attracts 200,000 visitors a year.

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