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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.
Homewood, Alabama

Shop ‘til you drop on Homewood, Alabama’s 18th Street South

Savvy Birmingham shoppers in search of the perfect gift head “over the mountain” to the cozy suburb of Homewood. Their destination? Eighteenth Street South, a wide, old-fashioned boulevard with an abundance of locally owned boutiques and restaurants.

Mayoral Musts: Southern mayors share their favorite out-of-office hangouts

Southern mayors share their favorite out-of-office hangouts.

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.

March Getaway Guide: Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah, and more

Travel to Knoxville to hear big names at the Big Ears Festival, visit a family-friendly Saint Patrick's Day festival in Savannah, see the wardrobe of "Downton Abbey" at Asheville's Biltmore, and more.

Birmingham, AL

Birmingham is now quiet in the evenings, its downtown as emptied as our own. But a half century ago, civil rights marchers filled the streets, Bull Connor’s lackeys blasted...

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