Nicest Place in the South: April 2017

They say you can’t have it all, but that just shows that “they” must have never been to Charlottesville. Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Virginian gem boasts a music, art, and culinary scene that rivals cities ten times it size, and it offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy them all while they’re still just a few minutes away from soaking in the region’s natural splendor from the keel of a canoe, the sponge-soft shade of the trail, or the tree-skimming basket of a hot air balloon. Rich soil yields ample fruit, ready to be enjoyed fresh, preserved, or fermented in your new favorite vintage, and a rich history yields itself amicably to hours of quiet perusal. There’s nary an itch you can’t scratch here in Charlottesville, and that’s why we think it’s the nicest place in the South.

A Story to Tell: Discovering Paducah

Paducah, Kentucky

UNESCO Creative City Paducah, Kentucky, knows the time-honored truth well: What is art if not a clever iteration of a story we need to tell?

Whitehaven: A Rest Stop Like No Other

Paducah, Kentucky

Here in Paducah, beauty meets practicality, old South softens modernity, and the western edge of nowhere Kentucky becomes some place really special

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.

Land Between the Lakes: The Elk and Bison Prairie

Golden Pond, Kentucky

With 170,000 acres of forested and open land between two massive lakes, this largest inland peninsula in the nation is home to a lot of happy wildlife, as you can well imagine

Beauty on the Beast: Paducah’s Flood Wall Murals

Paducah, Kentucky

Paducah’s flood wall was doing a great job keeping water out, but boy, was it utilitarian. No worries. Paducah’s finest and brightest knew how to make it one of the most beautiful features in town.