Raleigh’s Newest Draw

Though it may not boast a fancy name, the Raleigh Warehouse District has transformed into one of the hottest spots in North Carolina. Though originally built as an industrial zone, the six-block district filled with spacious, old brick buildings now hosts several retail shops, businesses, restaurants, and art galleries. Some of the most popular creative spots include the Litmus Gallery & Studios and the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh. For good eats, locals and visitors flock to Tuscan Blu for fine Italian cuisine and Humble Pie for jazz [... more]

Magic City Music

Though open just one year, Iron City Birmingham Bar & Grill has already become one of the Magic City’s hottest spots for nightlife. Capable of comfortably holding more than 1,000 people, Iron City plays host to many up-and-coming musical artists, as well as established musicians of all genres such as Kid Ink, Buckcherry, and Earl Sweatshirt. Located in the heart of downtown, the modern venue features not only two full-service bars and live music, but also an impressive eatery that strives to produce “a white tablecloth experience [... more]

Memphis’ Culinary Cohorts

The story of Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman began long before the duo opened their now-famous restaurants Hog & Hominy and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen. Andrew and Michael grew up in similar circles in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and shared much in common. Born just one year apart, the two played competitive sports against one another in high school. Both grew up in large, traditional Italian families, families that loved the cuisine from their native country and their Southern region, and celebrated those cultures through food. [... more]

Food Truck Paradise

The last decade has seen an astounding increase in the popularity of food trucks in cities, at festivals, in parks—and really everywhere. One of the hottest spots for enjoying the food-truck revolution, the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market offers 32 trucks to choose from. With nearly every food type imaginable—including pizza, Mexican fare, BBQ, hot dogs, French fries, and ice cream—the park satisfies any food craving. Some of the trucks vend various other products, from farmer’s market fresh produce to bakery-quality pastries, natural bath and body [... more]

One-Stop Music

Do you like discovering new music? What about vintage and newly released music records? If you answered “yes” to either question, we suggest a visit to Nashville, Tennessee’s Grimey’s and The Basement. Located in the heart of the music industry, Grimey’s is a music shop where customers can buy and sell CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records. Here, customers can also listen to music and even hear live performances. Downstairs, The Basement nightclub offers a venue for up-and-coming artists to share their music and oftentimes gain popularity. Headliners [... more]

Iron-Clad History

The hauntingly beautiful Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, perfectly blends the past and the present. Currently being preserved and interpreted as a historical industrial site, Sloss is the only 20th-century blast furnace in the United States. The sculptural web of buildings, pipes, and smokestacks provides an excellent classroom for anyone interested in the industrial past of the Magic City. A National Historic Landmark, the inactive iron-ore furnace also serves as a modern-day event center in the heart of the city. Tours, music festivals, and even weddings offer [... more]

A Futuristic Festival

Last year, the creators of the wildly popular electronic music festival TommorrowLand, which occurs in Belgium each year, decided to spin off its first international edition and chose the United States as the location. Thus TomorrowWorld was born. In September 2013, TomorrowWorld welcomed 140,000 music fans from more than 75 countries to the Chattahoochee Hills just outside of Atlanta. This fall, the event returns to Georgia and anticipates an even bigger crowd. Though the event doesn’t take place until September 26-28, the festival has already confirmed more [... more]

Pillars of Paradise

Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and just a block from the Atlantic Ocean, The Pillars Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, proves once again the importance of location, location, location. With stunning waterfront views and lush landscaping, the luxurious retreat is a refreshing alternative to the neon-tinged hotels that populate the area’s strip. The Pillars’ interiors reflect British Colonial and Caribbean influences, with dark woods and cheerful colors throughout. Winner of Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards in 2013, the top-notch hotel offers a beautiful swimming pool, indoor and [... more]

Ciao, Y’all!

What do you get when you combine Italian cooking and Southern flare? Luckily for Memphians, really good food. Though just a few years old, Hog & Hominy, a cool eatery in East Memphis, Tennessee, has already received many noteworthy awards for their inventive cuisine. Among the accolades, GQ named H&H one of the most outstanding restaurants of 2013, while Conde Nast Traveler placed it among The Best New Restaurants in the American South. The menu emphasizes this unique Italian-Southern fusion with offerings ranging from Quattro Formaggi to [... more]

Always Find Your Pants

It’s been our experience that passionate home brewers make the best craft brewers. That’s exactly how the people behind Madison, Alabama’s Blue Pants Brewery and Taproom started. They spent years in their kitchens, basements, and garages playing around with ingredients and flavors to find the best-tasting beers. That combined experience comes in handy at Blue Pants, where they brew a large variety of “unreasonably good” (as their slogan claims) beers—from an American red ale to a strawberry saison. Open six nights a week and on Friday and [... more]

Smelly Cat Coffee

“Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?” Who doesn’t recognize the lyrics from the iconic song Phoebe Buffay performed at her local coffee shop in the popular TV show Friends. Named for that catchy ditty, Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, has charmed patrons since 2000 with its offbeat atmosphere, a superb roaster menu, fresh baked goods, and probably the most clever moniker of any coffee shop. Next time you’re in Charlotte, scoot over to the North Davidson District (NoDa), pull up a chair [... more]

Durham’s Spanish Flavor

Durham, North Carolina, is widely known for its intricate architecture and captivating cathedrals. However, visitors to this college town should not miss another gorgeous gem—Mateo Bar de Tapas, a restaurant on West Chapel Hill Street that is the talk of the town. Located in the old Book Exchange building, the eatery features a modern rustic décor and an inviting atmosphere, making it the ideal place to grab a drink with friends at the polished wood bar or settle into one of the plush booths to bask in [... more]

Mayhem in Atlanta

May 16-18, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, invites you to enjoy MAYhem, a celebration of contemporary dance with three energy-filled performances performed by the Atlanta Ballet. The world premiere of THREE highlights the talents of the individual artists while exploring themes of self-realization. Another premiere, The Exiled blends music by American composer John Corigliano along with text and dance to narrate the journey of five characters. The final exhibition, 1st Flash, returns for the first time since its Atlanta debut in 2012 and [... more]

Less Is More

Union Common, the soon-to-open restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, bills itself as “a non-traditional steakhouse.” This may sound like an oxymoron since you can’t get much more traditional than steak, but unlike conventional steakhouses, Union Common will forsake the monster-size portions mentality for a fresh approach: small, shared plates. Considered a “social concept steakhouse,” Union Common encourages group dining. Brett Davis, one of the owners, explains, “We chose the name ‘Union Common’ because we want it to be about people coming together and breaking bread, sharing their time [... more]

Texas Tradition

In Texas, the state of cowboys and cattle, you expect real American chuck-wagon food. And at the Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, you get it. The Perini family has been serving up delicious cowboy cuisine since 1983, but they made national headlines in 1995 with their Ranch Mesquite Smoked Peppered Beef Tenderloin (the New York Times named it the mail-order gift of the year). Called the true taste of Texas, the signature beef tenderloin is shipped fully cooked to every corner of the country. We prefer [... more]

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