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Asheville

Maybe it is reflective of our own dual nature, but we find the dichotomy in Asheville interesting. Made famous as much for the castle built by a Vanderbilt heir as by long-standing drum circles downtown, Asheville is a marriage of opposites. The happy result is architectural grandeur alongside an earthiness that just might tempt you…

Athens

Anyone who has lived in Athens, Georgia can attest to its strange magnetism.  With strong ties to the alternative music scene, Athens spawned such acts as R.E.M. and the B-52’s back in the day, and many since.  The constant influx of students from UGA breathes new life into the downtown area and keeps the watering…

Chapel Hill

We’ve always loved the energy of sleepy little college towns. While Chapel Hill is still firmly entrenched in tradition, much of it having a little something to do with Tarheel fever, you will find plenty other pursuits worth investigating.  We were immediately struck with the myriad of culinary options in a small radius.  Walk a…

Charleston

You’ve heard Charleston is genteel and mannerly, yes…perhaps.  But it is also loaded with plenty of raucous fun. Whether you’re headed down South for the amazing Spoleto Festival or just a weekend stroll among the palmettos, you are in for a good time.  Epic shopping, sprawling mansions, outrageous food–this is a town for indulgence.  But fear…

Chattanooga

Nestled in the sweet spot between mountains and the winding Tennessee River, Chattanooga has long enthralled outdoor enthusiasts with its scenic splendor, challenging peaks and diverse paddling. While you’ll find generous opportunities to hike, bike, paddle and climb, the city puts its own spin on things. The Block, for instance, a multi-use facility covering (you…

Cincinnati

It shouldn’t surprise you that while you weren’t looking, Cincinnati has become legit, again. Underground brewery tours, pop-up cinema, a full-fledged foodie scene, and more await on the banks of the mighty Ohio. After all, those cool cats from WKRP must have known something. The Shepherd Fairey murals scattered about town should tip you off that…

Covington

Enamored as we are of Cincinnati, we can’t seem to shake our city crush on Covington, Kentucky. Just over the magical Roebling Bridge, it waits for us with its German roots and wooded streets, bidding us to slow down just a bit. We long to wander the fetching historic MainStrasse Village with a steamer in…

Durham

Imagine the Triangle cities as sisters. In this case, Durham is the laid back one you’d think was just as good looking as her sister Raleigh, but a little more relaxing to be around. Great food trucks, interesting galleries, cute little eateries–Durham has it in spades. It may be a little trickier to navigate, but…

Indianapolis

Perhaps it’s those Midwestern values, but anywhere you go in Indianapolis you’re likely to find a welcoming and friendly sort around you. Frankly, even the downtown area has a bit of a homey feel.  Thanks to the Cultural Trail, you’re likely to see smiling folks on bikes. The City Market runs one of the only…

Knoxville

Just like that scrappy dog you adopted a bit hesitantly before it wormed its way into your heart for good, the Scruffy City has plans to win you over. Along with plenty of craft beer aficionados, wide patios, and artful cups of coffee, you’ll find world class, small batch craft denim at Marc Nelson, and…

Lexington, Ky

The rolling green hills and rambling black fences of Lexington, Kentucky horse country are legendary. While we heartily recommend whiling away an afternoon at Keeneland placing bets on your favorite filly, there’s more to Lex than equines. The NoLi Night Market, for instance, draws urbanites from nearby neighborhoods and downtown with its food truck parade,…

Louisville

Some cities care little for adoration. Like a classic song on vinyl, Louisville seems to know its worth. It doesn’t seek to be categorized or put in a genre. While natives might welcome you to the party, don’t be expecting an invitation to come freely. Trust is earned in this town. Yet once gained, you’ll…

Newport

Rowing, antiques, kitsch, coffee–while you can easily get waylaid by the sparkly Newport on the Levee chains, we suggest you bypass the boring and get to know the real Newport. So after you’ve defied death walking over a live shark tank, amble a little further into the heart of Newport. Though the gambling casinos and…

Raleigh

The City of Oaks is way more than you might have imagined. Raleigh has a diverse, thriving downtown with more than a few hip neighborhood offshoots. It is the kind of place that leaves you wondering how you could have lived this long with no idea what was waiting right off Interstate 95, if you…

Richmond

Set on the James River, this town has plenty to offer paddlers and history aficionados, yes. But the real story happening in Richmond is the burgeoning art scene and the reshaping of its culture as it looks forward, leaving behind the city best known for its past. Church Hill is the neighborhood to watch, but culinary uprisings are popping up…