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In Search of Sandburg

Unexpected discoveries in the pursuit of a poet.
Street Smart Naples

Street Smart: Naples’s Fifth Avenue South

The buildings are coral pink and canary yellow. Palm fronds shade sidewalk cafes, and old-fashioned lampposts line the promenade.
Gumbo at Dooky Chase's

The Queen of Creole Cuisine: Louisiana’s Leah Chase

At ninety-six, Chase has served her famous gumbo to everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Barack Obama. Her New Orleans restaurant was once a meeting place for civil rights freedom fighters, and her life inspired the character Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

Take Five: Southern Hunting Lodges and Plantations

The oldest and largest family-owned hunting lodge in the Southeast, Caryonah shines in its attention to detail, from the Italian-tiled bathrooms to the assemblage of Indian artifacts on display.

Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast

Hidden in the bayous of south Alabama, Magnolia Springs is a 600-acre postage stamp of a town. I have yet to meet anyone who has heard of it.

College Towns of the South: Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville may not have a big-conference college, but it still plays host to one of the SEC’s biggest games. But as you’d expect from the largest city in the contiguous United States, Jacksonville has much more to offer than the annual football classic.

College Towns of the South: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

When most people think of Tuscaloosa, they think of the Crimson Tide. But those who know this city well think of: fishermen reeling in bluegill on Lake Tuscaloosa; students jogging along the town’s Riverwalk; kids filling up on biscuits at Rama Jama’s across from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

College Towns of the South: Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee merges the beauty of a small Southern town with the upbeat lifestyle of a big city. Florida’s state capital offers lush parks and outdoor adventure, grand old homes and a booming nightlife.

College Towns of the South: Knoxville, Tennessee

Although Knoxville retains its Southern grit, the east Tennessee city has put on some polish in the last three decades. The downtown is home to the bustling University of Tennessee campus, as well as a vibrant urban center offering a blend of old and new, rustic and refined.

College Towns of the South: Gainesville, Florida

Nestled in the wetlands of North Central Florida, Gainesville  mixes vibrant academia with Old Florida charm. The town is united by football, and on game days, Gator chants echo from 88,000-seat Ben Hill Griffin...

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