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.
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
live theater of all kinds throughout the
state, including the Asolo Festival in Sarasota,
America's only leading winter destination theater festival;
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;
the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg,
which has just celebrated its 20th Anniversary; and
festivals on the Gulf Coast, particularly in Pensacola;
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
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,
the annual Wine and Food Experience and of course
the quintessential jazz funeral.
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!
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
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
great dining experience
Doc Lawrence says: "Nashville is a
city on the move. Its 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
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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