It’s one of the United States’ most iconic candies—just maybe the most iconic this country has ever produced. After all, what other sweet treat has had its durability tested by a world-renowned university, guest starred in a hit television show, boasted its own world eating championship, and be featured in annual art contests? No candy other than PEEPS, the sugar-coated, brightly-hued marshmallow confection made in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by the third-generation family-owned outfit Just Born, which also produces Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.
When farmers’ markets and grocery stores across the U.S. stock large quantities of watermelon, is there a juicier sign it’s summer? With increasing regularity and creativity, watermelon dishes are popping up on drink and food menus at restaurants nationwide. The top four watermelon-growing states are Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Other states grow watermelons, too, so you might find a local supplier wherever you live. Only when the fruit vegetable isn’t in season is it imported from other countries to ensure that watermelon remains available year-round.
Summer is here and it’s time to get those bicycles out of the garage and hit the trails! Designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as the only silver-level ride center on the East Coast—and one of only 15 in the world—Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a perfect choice for riders of all levels. From family-friendly greenways in the city of Roanoke to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and more than 300 miles of mountain trails, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital is a cyclist’s bucket list destination.
Peaches, festivals, roadside stands, places to get a bite and places to take a break – all these things have us feelin’ peachy in the Old 96 District this summer. And we’re inviting you to come! The Old 96 #FeelinPeachy96 microsite and social media highlight where you can enjoy fresh peaches — and the season’s sweetest moments. Golfers can enjoy numerous “Feelin’ Peachy” deals around the Old 96 District. The hashtag #FeelinPeachy96 on Instagram showcases food, events, and experiences that will leave you feeling summertime fine.
In Louisiana, Creole and Cajun food often get blended together, but the old timers will tell you they are not the same at all. First, they come from two different regions of the state and, second, they include different ingredients. The main distinction between the two is that Creole food has tomatoes and Cajun doesn't, but of course it's a bit more complicated than that.
West Coast Wine Tasting Adventures California and Oregon take wine tasting beyond the bar and cellar. Story by Michael Cervin Wine tasting is never really billed as “adventurous.” After all, you’re typically sipping Chardonnay in a cellar. But for these West Coast wine experiences, wine goes hand in hand
Georgia-grown peaches are recognized for their flavor, texture, and appearance. Georgia, which is proudly nicknamed “the peach state,” designated the peach as its official state fruit in 1995. Georgia ranks as one of the nation’s top four peach-producing states and harvests several different varietals of peaches from May to August. Come during peach season to load up on crates of peaches to enjoy at home.
“Cradles to caskets” is the tagline of the Original Mast General Store, a North Carolina outfitter and country store that sells anything from licorice to hiking gear. The store’s original owner, Henry Taylor, opened the Valle Crucis store in 1883, a time when general stores served as an important connector of farmers and those in need of their eggs, chickens, vegetables, and herbs. Over the years, Taylor kept expanding the size of the store to meet increasing demand. He passed away in 1899, but his son, Charles D. Taylor, kept the doors open.
Food traditions, regional agriculture, local novelties, and simple good tastes are celebrated across the U.S. with countless seasonal festivals and themed parties. It’s easy to fill up your travel calendar with foodie events. To help you get started, here are a few suggestions; this is by no means a comprehensive list! These featured foodie events aren’t necessarily the best known or largest of their kind, but they all offer a variety of events and last multiple days.
Tiffany Luhnow is a polite, soft-spoken woman who exudes kindness and good will. Yet, people frequently pick a fight with her. “They see me using an egg wash on the edges of my cinnamon rolls and they get very upset,” says Luhnow. “They think it’s butter and they insist I should be spreading more butter everywhere, all over the cinnamon rolls. They become very adamant about it,” she laughs.