Nicest Place in the South: February 2017

All rivers, they say, flow to the sea, and here in Southern Alabama, that means Fairhope. The city sits high on a sloping plateau, curling itself around the soft brown sand of the Mobile Bay, but despite the panoramic views this offers, you’ll find no towering condos or chronic arcade-bing standing between you and the sunset. The folks of Fairhope subscribe to a different pace, one that mimics the softness of the sea air, the gentle nudge of spent waves, and the quiet of a land utterly at peace with itself. Brimming with artists, writers, and other folks who appreciate the fullness of quietude, this jewel of the eastern shore is easily one of the Nicest Places in the South. (Check back here throughout the month of February for more Fairhope stories and photos.)



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.