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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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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.
Oak Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast

Where to Stay: Spotlight on Oak Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast

Driving along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Natchez, I pass a small, weathered-wood casino. With its signs for slot machines and table games, the Magnolia Bluffs Casino hints at the fact that chance plays at least a small part in shaping some of the fortunes of this town.

The River Wild: Paddling through a lesser-known side of the mighty Mississippi

Before dawn my wife, Irina, and I set out from Clarksdale, Mississippi, for a paddle trip on the Mississippi River. I’d never been on Big Muddy, much less seen this rarely explored part of the river.
Gaylord Opryland Resort

Where to Stay: Spotlight on Gaylord Opryland Resort’s SoundWaves

Apprehension grips me as I watch my young daughter climb onto a boogie board amid the rushing waves. I’ve just witnessed full-grown adults wipe out on their surfboards in this same spot.

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