Kingdom of Cool: Durham, North Carolina, smolders as a technology hub and culinary hotspot

The highest cocktail bar in Durham is on the sixth-story rooftop of the Durham Hotel, a white-and-gold midcentury building. Like a few other classic structures in downtown Durham, it was once a bank, but it now trades in a different kind of currency: cool.
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.

Ten Favorite Mountain Towns in the South

Some of our picks are celebrated locales; others may be new to you. All share these essential elements: natural splendor, a colorful history, and a slate of interesting places to drink, dine, and do a little shopping.

What’s Classic and What’s Coming in Charleston: Music

Quentin Baxter is a native Charlestonian, world-class drummer, and musical director of the Charleston Jazz Initiative. “There are a lot of restaurants where the music is part of the experience—this has been a big part...

Barbecue Bastion

A champion pitmaster offers a taste of Memphis’s smokin’ hot barbecue scene

Tastes, Tales, and Trails

Whatever moves you—food, history, or working up a sweat—you’ll discover it in Birmingham. Alabama’s biggest city is booming, snagging national honors for its chefs, parks, and artful reinvention.

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