Zero Complaints

Zero George Street, a gorgeous European-style boutique hotel, was the first of its kind to open in upmarket Charleston, South Carolina. The grounds consist of five carefully restored, grand 19th century historic buildings connected by picturesque courtyards. Guests laze away the day on sprawling piazzas that exemplify Charleston’s architectural style, sign up for a cooking class in the restored Kitchen Carriage House, or stroll the city’s high-end shopping corridor on King Street, located just steps away. The on-site Zero Café + Bar dazzles dinner guests with a [... more]

I Done Did It in Charlottesville

In my opinion, the Skybar in Charlottesville, Virginia, gives you the best view of the historic Downtown Mall. While I was enjoying the sights of the city, I decided to try one of their specialty cocktails, the “Done Did It.” Despite the funny name, this drink was no joke. The Southern Comfort, cider, and ginger beer worked together to pack this cocktail with flavor. The “Done Did It” inspired me to make the extra effort to sip and savor the cocktail. Photo Source: Commonwealth Skybar

Shine On!

The South is experiencing a moonshine resurgence. No longer a backwoods brew, ’shine now shows up on cocktail menus at trendy establishments. One such place, Stillhouse in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, has designed its entire cocktail menu around it. Dressed in low light and dark woods, the bar/restaurant features booths and high top tables made from Troy & Sons whiskey barrels. But, as we found out, the best seats are at the bar. Bartenders artfully craft cocktails using any of the 45 varieties of moonshine on hand. If [... more]

Scenes From “The Notebook”

These days, the South is a hotbed of filming activity, with many producers and location scouts finding unspoiled treasures for their silver screen needs. The Notebook, one of the most memorable movies of the past decade to take place in the South, was shot almost exclusively in the greater Charleston area. On a recent vacation, I spent a week out on Mount Pleasant and got the distinct feeling I had been there before, when in reality I hadn’t. I found out later that the dock extending from [... more]

Game On

The Goldberg brothers have long been the kings of Nashville’s food and drink empire: They started the local mixology movement with the opening of the Patterson House in 2009; in 2011, they launched Catbird Seat, which is still one of the hardest tables to book in the country; and their most recent enterprise has cemented Max and Ben’s throne. The 13,000-square-foot Pinewood Social, which opened in December 2013, is a cocktail bar and restaurant with a Crema coffee outpost and workstations with free Wi-Fi for those who [... more]

Texas Born From Texas Corn

I decided to drive through the Lone Star State to find out more about a distillery that has recently gained serious acclaim in the small town of Hye, just an hour west of Austin. The Garrison Brothers Distillery had me fired up to witness the authenticity of the first and oldest legal whiskey distillery in the state of Texas. I took a tour of the facilities on a Friday night for $10 and tasted their award-winning whiskey, wine, and moonshine. Passion was evident each step of the [... more]

A Refined Whiskey Bar

What goes with top-shelf whiskey? Upscale comfort food, of course. Those two draws are precisely what Dram Whiskey Bar in Birmingham has built its reputation on. While you munch on such offerings as Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Bison Chili, or Country Ham Sliders (shown above), try one of the bar’s featured cocktails such as Frankfort Fizz or Sassafras Sazerac. Not enough whiskey for you? No problem. Select one of their whiskey flights, which include tastings of five distinct whiskeys. Photo Source: Dram Whiskey Bar

Sleep in a Gas Station

Two miles from the French Quarter in New Orleans, a funky renovated gas station lures travelers who reject conventional lodging. Although simple on the outside, the rental boasts an eclectically cool interior. Owner and artist Robert Guthrie used his talents to beautifully restore the space, which he calls his “greatest art project.” Gearheads will love the scavenged remnants of the gas station—from car hoods to old pumps—as well as the pieces that pay homage to service stations of yesteryear, such as metal Gulf and Mobile logos. Wide-open [... more]