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Grumpy Visits A World-Class Garden

It’s rare when Grumpy escapes the office nowadays, but sometimes he pries open the cell door with a crow bar smuggled inside an eclair and makes his getaway. This week, I lit out for a visit to the famous Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama, just a short drive from Mobile. It was time well spent. I was there to give […]

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Take No Prisoners! Driving in Snow for Idiots

In view of the light snow showering down gently upon the Earth like frozen tears of angels, I left work at Southern Living at 11:30 AM for the usual 30-minute drive home. I arrived on my front porch at 5:30 PM. And I have a few choice words for the idiot drivers who made possible this memorable and heart-warming ordeal.

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Cruising With Grumpy — A Festivus Miracle!

For most families, gathering to trim the tree, exchange gifts, sing carols, sip some nog, and pretend you enjoy your sister’s screaming kids are what the holidays are all about. But not Grumpy’s group. We know this happy time is all about us. So once again this year, we’ve abandoned our friends and relatives to indulge in a Caribbean cruise.

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Next Great Neighborhood: DC’s H Street

Nearly 50 Years After the 1968 D.C. riots all but destroyed H Street, the area is enjoying a fast return to its glory days as an entertainment hub thanks to the H Street Main Street revitalization efforts. By day, locals and visitors shop the boutiques and galleries, while a thriving bar and dining scene feeds the nightlife. In a testament to the area’s continued growth, […]

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Where to Shop in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

From blue jeans to local art, the shops in this coastal Mississippi town are filled with eye candy. Here’s some of our favorite spots in the colorful town. Walter Anderson Museum of Art While the pieces hanging at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art are not for sale, you can take home a treasure from the museum’s gift shop, part […]

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Next Great Neighborhood: Columbia’s Main Street

For years, the stretch of road extending from the South Carolina State House was where senators mixed with shoppers and University of South Carolina students, where people from all over town came to dine and mingle. As people moved to the suburbs, buildings were shuttered. But now, as Columbia residents reclaim downtown, the five blocks between Gervais and Blanding are back. Here, […]

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Next Great Neighborhood: Downtown Roanoke

Situated West of the Blue Ridge and east of the Allegheny Mountains, Roanoke, historically known as the cultural hub of southern Virginia, is experiencing a resurgence downtown. A burgeoning medical and education sector has helped fuel the district’s evolution as young professionals choose to live in lofts within walking distance of galleries, parks, and a seven-days-a-week farmers’ market. Locals aren’t the […]

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Grumpy Goes to Paris

Grumpy never catches a break. Just when it looked like there might be a lull in his whirlwind schedule, he and his wife have been suddenly called away on urgent business to Paris, France. How will we fill up two whole weeks? I have three goals.

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Tales From The Road

Our travel team has been hitting the road hard this summer reporting stories all across the region. From Lexington, Kentucky to Philadelphia, Mississippi, here are some of our favorite moments from the last couple weeks. Our features director Jennifer Cole joined her family at the Neshoba County Fair. Read her account of Mississippi’s Biggest House Party here. Copy editor Jessica Stringer […]

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Where to Shop in Charleston

There’s no denying Charleston is one of the best shopping cities in the South, and King Street—with its string of local and big-name—is definitely at the heart of it. While I’ll never stop in the Holy City without checking in at some King Street favorites such as Butterfly Consignments and Hampden Clothing, on my last trip I wandered a little […]

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