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Lakeside Retreat: Novelist Susan Rebecca White’s highs and lows on a mountain lake in the Smokies

"On that night, under that starlit sky, the sound of the water lapping against the dock, I felt a prescient sense of peace."

How to let the good times roll at Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama

"Mobile’s Carnival is approachable. It’s very family-friendly. Also, the parade floats and costume designs change each year. That’s something special."

Historic hospitality and timeless charm intersect on Columbus, Mississippi’s Main and Fifth Streets

“I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Among the most memorable lines penned by Southern playwright Tennessee Williams, it also expresses the reception visitors may expect when touring his birthplace of Columbus, Mississippi.

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.

Dive into Cajun culture on a trip along the Bayou Teche Byway in south central Louisiana

Shaded by bald cypress trees and moss-laden oaks, thronged with alligators, and resonant with the calls of frogs and birds, the Bayou Teche slowly winds its way 125 miles through south central Louisiana.

Where to Stay: Planters Inn in Charleston

Stepping off bustling North Market Street into the Planters Inn is like stumbling upon your own secret oasis. The immediate calm of the elegant lobby is merely a precursor to the tranquility of the garden courtyard, where, enchanted amid the lush greenery, you are likely to forget you have a hotel suite waiting to be explored.

Vince Gill talks guitars, grub, golf, and gaining a life after 40 years in the music business

It would be easy for Vince Gill, to quote from his chart-topping 1995 ballad, to “rest high on the mountain” of his forty years of success. Instead, he takes pleasure in the everyday trappings of the life he shares with fellow singer-songwriter Amy Grant.

On Location: Visit the sets of 5 movies filmed in the South

Venture into the dystopian community of District 12, childhood home of The Hunger Games’ main character, Katniss Everdeen, at Hickory’s Henry River Mill Village.

Unlock the Keys: 10 locals reveal the best places to eat, drink, swim, and sightsee along America’s southernmost isles

From a Key Largo dive instructor to an Islamorada chef, a Marathon turtle rescuer to the mayor of Key West, ten locals reveal the best places to eat, drink, swim, and sightsee along America's southernmost isles. Forget the tourist traps; go where Keys residents go with the help of this essential guide.

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.

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