Have you ever dreamed about visiting one of those picturesque towns featured in a Hallmark movie? A place where you can walk up and down Main Street—lined with eclectic boutiques and local restaurants—and there’s not a fast food joint or chain store in sight. Townspeople are friendly and greet you as you walk by or enter their shops. Blowing Rock, North Carolina is just that kind of town.
If real estate is all about location, location, location, then dining out is all about presentation, presentation, presentation. You eat with your eyes first. We’ve all been in a restaurant when a server walks by with a plate of food and said to ourselves, “That looks good!” These five restaurants create visually-appealing food that not only entertains, but exceeds expectations and feeds the soul.
Leave it to New Orleans, Louisiana to figure out how to party during a pandemic. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival draws upwards of 475,000 music lovers to the city the each year from the last weekend in April through the first weekend in May for seven days of music, art and food. The festival, which draws obsessed fans from all corners of the globe, took place every year for 50 years. Until 2020, which would have been its 51st.
On the eve of America’s bicentennial, an English wine merchant in Paris had been quite impressed with the quality of California wines that he’d come across. Thinking it could be worthwhile to shine a light on the New World, Steven Spurrier and his business partner, Patricia Gallagher, decided to organize a competition.
Things are tough all over, but Nashville, Tennessee, has had a particularly tough run of luck since early March. First, early in the morning on March 3, a tornado tore through several beloved historic neighborhoods, including North Nashville, Germantown and the Five Points area of East Nashville.
Though cheese curds have been considered (somewhat jokingly) a food group in Wisconsin for decades, they are just now finding their way to other parts of the country. It is time everyone else discover these deep-fried nuggets of heaven. Since June is National Dairy Month, it seems the ideal time to indulge! Why has Wisconsin had a monopoly on cheese curds? Wisconsinites are serious about cheese and the art of cheesemaking. The USA is home to just 60 master cheesemakers, all of whom live and work in Wisconsin, making it a cheesemaking epicenter.
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
“Find” Dining: Learn to Forage with Expert Guides Story by Ginger Warder Be Safe! Never eat wild plants without the guidance of a local expert, such as those found at the Native Plant Society Forget farm-to-table dining and take a learning leap into field and forest-to-table dining. Foraging—a
Spirits Coast to Coast Distilleries from New York to Montana help each other's businesses thrive. By Katie DeTar Lalley Butte, Montana may seem a world apart from Rochester, New York. But when it comes to unique craft beverages, these cities—and others like them—collaborate with creativity. Out west the city of
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