Places

Birmingham Rising: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Birmingham, Alabama

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Jailhouse Manifesto embodies the eloquent grace and fire of the man and city it sought to represent.

16 of the Prettiest Spots in the South (Part Two)

Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas

Another handful of some of the brightest spots in this sunny South we call home

America’s Appalachian Manor

Asheville, North Carolina

George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore has been from the beginning not only a millionaire’s dream home but one of America’s most fascinating works of art

Christmas Comes but Twice a Year: Old Christmas in the Outer Banks

Rodanthe, North Carolina

Visit North Carolina’s Outer Banks around the end of December, and you’ll find that Christmas comes not once a year, but twice

Princeton’s Timely Creative Renaissance

Princeton, West Virginia

Ever since the coal industry changed, this coal-built mountain town has been mining it’s native spunk and creativity to add beauty on top of beauty

Christmas in Florida: Saint Augustine’s Festive Lights and Sights

Saint Augustine, Florida

Despite the lack of very conventional Christmas-y weather, Florida has plenty of Christmas traditions all its own

The Poinsettia’s Southern Progenitor

Greenville, South Carolina

When Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American diplomat and botanist on assignment in Mexico, first sighted a roadside poinsettia in 1828, he immediately sent cuttings back to his greenhouse in Greenville. The rest is history.

The Winter Manatee and Manatee Springs State Park

Chiefland, Florida

Come winter, they come for the warm waters of Florida’s amazingly crystal-clear springs, these portly and lovable creatures from another world

Lighting the Way for Papa Noel: St. James’s Bonfire Capital of the World

Gramercy, Louisiana

Who needs electricity? Nobody lights up Christmas quite like the river folk of southern Louisiana

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

Farm and Fashion: How Thomasville Became a “New South” Leader

Thomasville, Georgia

With a solid, visible, and organic connection to its past, this New South city always seems to be one innovative step ahead as well

Savannah’s Unconquerable Urban Core

Savannah, Georgia

The city Sherman spared has also had the sense to save itself from economic and architectural ruin, preserving the best of its ingenious planning and native beauty