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When we think of America's southern states the chances are we immediately envision white-columned plantation homes, huge oak trees swathed in Spanish moss, Mississippi riverboats, charming old cities such as Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans and music... lots off music - jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll, country, bluegrass. But the ten Travel South states are also full of intriguing surprises.

America's best vodka bars - USA Today Travel

Thursday, March 31, 2016 10:22 AM

by Anne Roderique-Jones, Special for USA TODAY | Published on April 8, 2016

Vodka — America’s best-selling spirit — didn’t become popular until the 1950s when Hollywood went crazy for the martini. According to Chris Patino, director of brand education of Pernod Ricard USA, there are a handful of references that show vodka being used in the early 1900s, but it wasn’t fully embraced until the later half of the 20th century. Patino says, “This was driven mainly by Hollywood, and the country’s unquenchable thirst for all things new or foreign and exotic.” He points out that the Moscow Mule and Kangaroo (better known as a martini) were stalwarts during this time period, “But as people soon discovered, because vodka was so easy to drink and easy to mix with, it paired with just about anything.”

By Meaghan Agnew

Atlanta? Miami? New Orleans? You went, you saw, you conquered. All fantastic cities, but you're looking for a more exploratory challenge. Luckily, the Southeast is awash in lesser-known hamlets that still ooze homey charm. Here are eight of our favorite incognito enclaves that warrant a multi-hour road trip or puddle-jumping connection.

The South's Best Museums - Southern Living

Friday, March 11, 2016 10:42 AM

The South has amazing museums. Besides the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution in D.C., here are some of the traditional and contemporary spaces offering a distinct range of experiences. Whether your interests lie in the visual arts, music, food, history, space, architecture, or the media, the South has a museum for everyone.

Renowned Design - Kentucky Monthly

Friday, February 26, 2016 3:00 PM

The work of internationally acclaimed graphic designer David Carson will be on display at the Paducah School of Art & Design beginning March 31. In, visitors can view photographs and original artwork in addition to Carson's commissioned graphic designs. The recpetion for the exhibit, which runs through May 6, coincides with the opening reception for the school's new 2D and Graphic Design Building.

Cashing in on Culture - Small Market Meetings

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:30 AM

Paducah Antiques District - Kentucky Collectibles

Saturday, January 16, 2016 12:45 PM

A guest gets surprising news about her diamond anniversary watch. Plus, the Kentucky Collectibles crew goes on the road to learn more about the antiques district in downtown Paducah.

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Paducah A Creative City - Kentucky City

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 12:03 PM

Many Kentuckians are aware of Paducah because of the National Quilt Museum and the annual quilt festival, AQS QuiltWeek® - Paducah. What may not be known is that Paducah (population 25,000) is known around the world for spotlighting its arts and craft culture. Mary Hammond, executive director of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), describes how this happened for one of Kentucky's beautiful river cities.