One of summer’s great joys is celebrating the earth’s bounty by going to a farmers’ market. Purchasing seasonal produce directly from the hand that planted and tended that asparagus spear, strawberry, or tomato offers a visceral connection to the land.
Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the historic town of Lexington, Virginia has a cornucopia of tasty reasons to visit, from delicious local foods to quaint horse-drawn carriage tours, from its direct ties to compelling chapters of American history to vigorous hiking trails, modern boutique shops to natural wonders, and so much more.
The World’s Largest Bourbon Collection Explore the impressive collection at Prohibition Bourbon Bar in Northern Kentucky. Story by Chris Chamberlain Photos courtesy Kim and Peter Newberry If you haven’t heard the news yet, Northern Kentucky is home to some of the greatest bourbon bars in the USA. As evidence, check
Appalachia’s infamous bootleggers and moonshine makers provided much fodder for country music artists, including Sevierville, Tennessee’s hometown star Dolly Parton. In “Daddy’s Moonshine Still” Parton tells a tragic tale of shame and strife based on the region’s favorite distilled spirit. But these days, well past prohibition and backyard distilling, several moonshine makers find inspiration in handed-down family recipes to create artisan moonshine and other spirits in Sevierville. These local producers offer a taste of local beverages in a safe—and legal—manner, minus the sad songs:
Proper Saké Co. Nashville’s sake makers Story by Lisa Waterman Gray Photos by Alex Crawford Photography and Hannah Deits Byron Stithem’s love of all things fermented inspired him to open Proper Saké Co. brewery and tasting room in Nashville’s thriving Pie Town neighborhood in 2016. Today, the company that Stithem
Taste Roanoke, Virginia From biscuits to baklava, craft beer to cabernet, Roanoke’s culinary scene is diverse. Story by Ginger Warder Poised between the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail, Roanoke, Virginia mixes urban flavor with a small-town personality. Here you can find sophisticated cultural attractions like the world-class Taubman
Authentic Irish Pubs in the USA Irish culture at straight-from-the-motherland pubs. Story by Ginger Warder Céad míle fáilte (pronounced Kay-od mee-leh foyle-cha) means a hundred thousand welcomes and that’s the kind of hospitality you’ll find in a real Irish pub. There’s a reason Irish people call their neighborhood watering hole
Find Entertainment at Nashville’s Chef’s Tables Enjoy dinner and a show at these Music City chef’s tables and bars. Story by Chris Chamberlain Nashville, Tennessee, is known as Music City, so it’s no surprise that many of its residents know how to entertain—and we’re not just talking about the musicians
Fairytales are responsible for the word “pumpkin,” which first appeared in print in the 17th century. Pumpkins served as a magical coach in nursery rhyme long before becoming a symbol for the month of October. Today, foodies enjoy pumpkins’ ability to grow in the garden, add delicious flavor to a wide range of foods, plus stand as seasonal décor from Halloween through Thanksgiving.
If Steve Harvey asked the contestants on “Family Feud” to name one dish that typifies Southern cooking, the number one answer would doubtlessly be fried chicken. We love a crispy eight-piece box of yardbird around these here parts, but sometimes Southerners crave poultry that’s a little more piquant.