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
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.
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
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