"I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture."
Sir Laurence Olivier

 

The South is a mecca for the phenomenon known as cultural tourism, an experience of the arts, manners and history which crosses cultures and generations.

If you expect more from your travels than just beaches and theme parks, browse Doc's News where much of the material will help you plan your next vacation, long weekend or business trip.


 

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Wherever you'll be traveling, don't miss these regular columns: Doc's Restaurants and Doc's Wines!

And dont't leave home without taking along a couple of good books in your valise!

Cultural tourism can be enjoyed anywhere - every community has its own unique ethnic, social and cultural events and sights to offer!

Among other joys, ALABAMA offers , THE Fall folk arts festival, as well as some outstanding Folk Art galleries such as Marcia Weber's in Montgomery.

 


If you'll be traveling in FLORIDA:

Enjoy live theater of all kinds throughout the state, including the Asolo Festival in Sarasota, America's only leading winter destination theater festival;

and read about the Florida Highwaymen, self-taught artists including James Gibson whose work (left) is particularly associated with the highways of South Florida;

and about galleries and other organizations banding together with a common goal in Orlando;

Visit the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, which has just celebrated its 20th Anniversary; and festivals on the Gulf Coast, particularly in Pensacola;

and for waterways and wildlife and a gimpse at Cracker culture, visit The Original Florida in the North Central portion of the state.



In GEORGIA - Atlanta has long been a haven for the arts - uptown, downtown and midtown!

On your next visit, enjoy wonderful theater, excellent dining and some fine galleries and museums such as the High Museum of Art in the Woodruff Center and Emory University's Michael C. Carlos Museum.


In the Appalachian foothills of north Georgia catch some gorgeous views and the award-winning Dahlonega Mountain Music and Medicine Show, or one of its many festivals: - the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is our favorite.

Or visit Georgia's First City, Savannah, for its Music Festival, superb dining and strolls through gracious, historic squares. .




New Orleans, LOUISIANA's multi-cultural city of jazz, cuisine and the visual arts, offers sumptuous banquets in each of these areas.

Review Doc's articles on the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, New Orleans folk art and other kinds of galleries, theater, restaurants, wine cellars, the annual Wine and Food Experience and of course the quintessential jazz funeral.
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hreveport, home of the Louisiana Hayride and cradle of country and rock and roll music, is a center for all of the arts, a city which is protecting its architectural gems, and features an eclectic cuisine melding classic Southern with a taste of Texas and cajun neighbors.

 



If you're planning a trip to North Carolina, don't miss the North Carolina State Theatre at the Flat Rock Playhouse!

Remember that the state has lots to offer the culturally-inclined tourist. To help you plan, check the North Carolina Arts Council webpage at http://www.ncarts.org

 


While in Tennessee, treat yourself to the luxury of Nashville's newly-restored and re-opened grand old hotel The Hermitage, enjoy some of the other sights and sounds of this great city, such as The Frist Art Center, then go on to a great dining experience at The Stock-yard Restaurant.

Doc Lawrence says: "Nashville is a city on the move. It’s new south while retaining its rich culture, architecture, and unparalled music traditions. A solid case can be made that this state capital city by the Cumberland River is the most American of all the great metropolises . . . "



In Missouri, experience St. Louis' unique and highly acclaimed Opera Theater.

Venture farther afield to Phoenix for a wine and food gala at the Arizona Biltmore, or to the Napa Valley's Sterling Winery to view an amazing collection of wine in art . . .


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