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Summer's enormous iconic fruit is making its way onto seasonal menus at restaurants and bars across the country. Watermelon stars in salads, gazpachos, crudo and cocktails, from drinks served in its hallowed out rind to fresh feta and mint starters. Fans of the fruit will find creative spins with pizza, poke, tostadas and sorbet.

If you enjoy discovering uncrowded destinations and attractions, eating in one-of-a-kind restaurants and meeting the friendly people living in small towns, consider a minivacation within a few hours of your backyard. Add in a locally owned boutique inn or bed-and-breakfast, and the ingredients for a memorable weekend are all there.

Ready to trade rush hour and conference calls for a golf cart and the local coffee house? Whether retirement is just around the corner or somewhere down the line, check out these Southern towns. They’re perfect for it.

We all know Kentucky is a pretty cool state. We have impressive state parks, excellent college basketball, the best taste in drinks and we know how to live life with an unbridled spirit. But if you’re looking for a place that is truly unique and has that rare cool-factor that just makes everything about it seem special, then you’re looking for Paducah – a small town along the Ohio River in western Kentucky. Paducah is known as a haven for creative minds, which it is, along with so much more.

Nine Things to Do in Paducah - Southern Kissed

Friday, May 12, 2017 5:00 PM

Paducah is a fun, charming little city that can easily be explored in a couple of days.  You should visit and see why it was named the World’s 7th City of Crafts and Folk Art by UNESCO in 2013.  Below is a list of nine things you can and should do in Paducah.

If you think quilting has become a lost art, then I have some news for you.  Quilting is alive and well, not only in the United States but around the world.  Fortunately for us, we don’t have to pull out our passports in order to view quilts from around the world.  No, all we have to do is head to Paducah, Kentucky to see one of the world’s best collections of modern day quilts at The National Quilt Museum.

When exploring a town, historical site or sprawling farm, it doesn’t get more charming than doing it aboard a classic trolley. Many people have realized this, as Kentucky has several spots where you can hop on a trolley and take a relaxing ride, while taking in the sites. Trolleys are an important part of American history and today they are a timeless way to savor all Kentucky has to offer.