Arts

Have a Fine, Fine Time in Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

You’ve got more than just a “fair” chance of having a fabulous weekend in this charming, artsy small town cozied up to the eastern bank of Mobile Bay in south Alabama

Would You Please Spell That? Interesting Place Names in the South

All 16 States of the South

Like so many other places, the South is full of thousands of curious, crazy, hard-to-spell, and sometimes downright hilarious place names. Here are a few favorites.

From NC to N(Y)C: Ava Gardner’s Rise to Fame

Grabtown, North Carolina

Before her meteor rise to stardom, this backwoods belle had a tweak or two to make to her Carolina charm

A Gentleman’s Game: The Art of Quail

Thomasville, Georgia

Welcome to the gentlemen’s club on wheels

What’d You Say? 6 Southern Sayings Deciphered

Here’s hoping you’re finer than frog’s hair and happy as a dead pig in the sunshine

4 Ways Thomasville Transforms Tradition

Thomasville, Georgia

A town founded on revolutionizing tradition may seem a non sequitur for some, but for the folks of Thomasville, Georgia, it’s just a way of life

Angel Tree of Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Trees, angels, hurricanes, rescue—this unique and beautiful work of art has quite a tale to tell

A Gingerbread House Original: Picking Up the Pieces

Montgomery, Alabama

The best-laid plans often crumble—but it’s OK

Christmastown, USA

McAdenville, North Carolina

Take a tour of McAdenville, North Carolina, and discover why the town has become known as Christmastown, USA

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’: Bluegrass Music’s Greatest Christmas Song

Coahoma, Texas

Memories of Christmas back home in Texas inspired a research scientist in New England to write a bluegrass hit

Breece D’J Pancake and His Unabridged West Virginia

Princeton, West Virginia

Despite his sad and truncated life, Pancake provided perhaps the best literary representation of West Virginia of any twentieth-century writer of fiction

Little Miss Dynamite: Brenda Lee at the Top of the Charts

Springfield, Missouri

At ten she had the voice of a twenty-something-year-old country rock superstar—and she used it to become just that

Beating the Southern Plantation History Odds: Pebble Hill Plantation, Georgia

Thomasville, Georgia

Unlike most other antebellum homes, Pebble Hill Plantation has only seen blue skies and sunny weather. It’s like Biltmore, only it’s not a castle and it’s in the piney woods of southwestern Georgia instead of the mountains of North Carolina.

Henry Clay Lewis and the Rise of Southern Gothic Literature

Savannah, Georgia

The prestige and grandeur of the antebellum South, plunged into the chaos and ruin of the War and its aftermath, provided the perfect setting for one of America’s most unique genres of the literary arts

Christmas at an American Castle

Asheville, North Carolina

The Biltmore is unquestionably the closest America has come to a palace, and there’s no time like the holidays to visit this grand home

Carson McCullers and the Telling of Southern Small Towns

Columbus, Georgia

She was a writer only the American South could have produced, and only by the inspiration of the South of her time could she have produced the varied, gripping, and often harrowing stories she wrote

Christmas in Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

At no other time does Frederick’s hospitality shine as it does during the holiday season—so here are five ways Frederick shines brightly at Christmas