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In Pictures: Tiny town, fancy food in South Carolina

ABBEVILLE, S.C. – Abbeville harbors a culinary surprise. It’s a restaurant called Indigenous Underground, which brings a big-city dining experience to a little town of only about 5,000 residents. Chef-owner Erica McCier, a rising culinary star, is one of three 2023 South Carolina Chef Ambassadors.
March 24, 2023 • By Tom Adkinson

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L.A. and Nashville – different worlds united by country music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The roots of country music are a tangled ball, and a major exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum stretches out one of those strands to draw a straight line between Nashville and Los Angeles. That connection brought what became known as country-rock music to American pop culture.
March 17, 2023 • By Tom Adkinson

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Civil War fort hides in plain sight in downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fort Negley, the largest inland stone fort built during the Civil War, hides in plain sight between two of Nashville’s most well-known visitor attractions. Although less than three miles from the Parthenon and about 1.5 miles from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, it’s almost completely overlooked.
March 3, 2023 • By Tom Adkinson

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Nashville museum recalls glory years of Black nightclub entertainment in Music City

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When city and highway planners routed I-40 through downtown Nashville in the 1960s, they turned a blind eye to the devastation it would create on Jefferson Street, a thoroughfare that was the heart of a vibrant Black business and residential neighborhood.
February 17, 2023 • By Tom Adkinson

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Learning Mexican food, culture with Chef Miriam in Puerto Vallarta

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – “Hola! Bienvenido a mi casa!” That’s the greeting Chef Miriam Flores extends as she opens the wrought-iron gate to her home in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone and launches a three-hour cooking class that culminates in a multi-course dinner you help create.
February 3, 2023 • By Tom Adkinson

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Nashville’s soda shop for the ages saved for new generations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Expectant fathers are a subset of patrons at the Elliston Place Soda Shop, complementing devoted locals and plenty of visitors to Music City seeking an authentic Nashville experience.
Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake: Where eagles soar in winter
TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. – Fishing and hunting guide Cody Rodriquez usually cruises for crappie or watches for waterfowl, but come January and February, he has another quarry.
Be different: Target national parks in winter
Beaches in the winter, mountains in the summer. That’s the formula for choosing leisure destinations, right? Not necessarily when visiting some of America’s national treasures – our national parks.

In Pictures

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Meridian’s history goes round and round
MERIDIAN, Miss. – History is alive and well in Meridian, where you can view the artistry of a 19th century carousel maker, dine in a restaurant that has been pleasing patrons since 1870 and sleep comfortably in a memorably named Art Deco tower built in 1929-1930 as an office building.
Weird and wonderful in Shreveport-Bossier City
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. – Shreveport and Bossier City are separated by the Red River, but they are joined at the hip by shared history and a collection of unusual businesses and attractions.
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Rihanna’s Barbados
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Rihanna – singer, fragrance creator, fashion mogul – has a special title in her native Barbados. In 2018, the governor of the Caribbean island nation named her “ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary,” with special duties to promote education, tourism and investment.
Georgia lighthouse remains a beacon for sailors, tourists
ST. SIMONS, Georgia – A lighthouse has guided sailors into St. Simons Sound since 1810. The original was destroyed by Confederate troops in 1861 so Union forces couldn’t use it in the Civil War.
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Enjoying the show on Puerto Vallarta’s malecón
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – The show never ends on the Puerto Vallarta Malecón, the mile-long seaside promenade in the heart of this Pacific Coast resort city – and there’s no cover charge.
Add National Bobblehead Day to holiday celebrations
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Christmas and New Year’s Day are in the rearview mirror, but another celebration looms – National Bobblehead Day on Jan. 7. Yes, those darling plastic dolls, perhaps most famous as minor league baseball game giveaways, have their own special day thanks to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee.
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Basking in Olympic and Paralympic Glory in Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum opened at an inauspicious time – just as travel was hampered by the covid pandemic in mid-2020.
A hands-on exploration of Mallorca’s food culture
MALLORCA, Spain – Deborah Piña Zitrone is on a mission to promote and preserve the food traditions of Mallorca, a Spanish island in the western Mediterranean Sea. Her tactic is welcoming visitors into her culinary world and having them fix their own lunch or dinner, sometimes after a guided excursion to a local market to buy fresh ingredients.

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