Tampa, Florida

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Doc joins us from Tampa, Fl and lovely Ybor City, Tampa’s historic district, named for Vicente Martinez-Ybor, a Spanish entrepreneur who brought the booming cigar industry to Florida from Cuba in the 1880s.

Join Doc for a tour of Ybor City, a Flamenco dinner at the Columbia Restaurant, an unforgettable wine dinner at top-rated Bern's and so much more.

You’ll find blue skies and sunshine, a beautiful waterfront, world-class chefs, family fun, and a century of Cuban culture – all in Florida’s most diverse travel destination. In Tampa Bay, their hospitality is as warm as the weather.


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Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Doc says the number one rule in this mountain resort town is that rules aren't needed here.

The hometown of Bill Clinton and the real birthplace of Major League Baseball's spring training tradition, the city sits atop thermal springs that hydrate and heal.

Art Deco architecture dominates, the thoroughbred horse races are exciting and the city has attracted the rich and famous since the 19th century.

Babe Ruth hit the longest home run in history here and while America ached under Prohibition, Hot Springs served cocktails without a care.

A perfect vacation choice and one of North America's most beautiful small towns.



Huntsville, Alabama

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Doc’s excitement dominates his visit on The Gourmet Highway to "Rocket City," also known as Huntsville, Alabama.

He’s touring the spectacular Space Museum, admiring the historic Apollo adventure including the lunar landing module, dining in world-class restaurants and planning to get on board the Mission to Mars and throw a welcoming party for the first settlers on the Red Planet.

And when you’re in Huntsville, you’ll find such a variety of attractions, arts & culture, nightlife, spas, and so much to do in the great outdoors.

And Huntsville is growing with new restaurants, hotels and entertainment. The list of reasons to plan your trip to the Rocket City just keeps getting longer!



Augusta, Georgia

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The home of James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul," Augusta, Georgia is the celebrated site of The Masters Golf Tournament, the most prestigious golf event on earth.

Built along the banks of the Savannah River, the city boasts acclaimed arts centers like the Morris Museum of Art with a collection of Southern folk art that has no equal, a vibrant, pedestrian friendly downtown and restaurants galore.

The Partridge Inn, opened in 1813, is a gourmet magnet featuring luxury accommodations, haute cuisine dining and an exciting rooftop lounge.

You’ll find a mix of Southern charm and city fun that will delight the entire family!


Fairhope, Alabama

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Fairhope is an authentic arts colony, a city created for writers, painters, poets and composers. It was named the most beautiful city in the South by Southern Living. And it's home to Forrest Gump… well, his creator Winston Groom.

Fannie Flagg lives here and her book, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," is ingrained in the cultural heritage. It's a peaceful coastal town where in springtime around midnight you often hear angels singing Stars Fell on Alabama.

Everywhere you turn in downtown Fairhope there are flowers, and more flowers. And there are so many amazing restaurants in Fairhope to choose from, you won’t be hungry here!


Eatonville, Florida

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Eatonville, nestled in Florida's orange grove country near Orlando, was the first all-Black city incorporated in the United States. It was the childhood home of the great literary figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston whose books like "These Eyes Were Watching God" became an American classic.

Eatonville was on the "chitlins' circuit," a name that became synonymous with cities friendly to the monumental music of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, James Brown, B.B. King and many others.

Today, Eatonville celebrates almost daily it's amazing cultural heritage, determined not to be swallowed up by urbanization.   



2019 South Beach Wine and Food Festival

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A global event showcasing haute cuisine, fine wines of the world and luxurious venues are just some of the thrills enjoyed at the 2019 South Beach Wine and Food Festival, one of the top-tiered celebrations of the good life.

Doc Lawrence always makes the legendary Fontainebleau Hotel his South Beach headquarters, a place made famous by Sinatra, Elvis, JFK, Jackie Gleason and contemporary celebrities like George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and many more.

Doc invites everyone to join him for stone crabs at Joe's, lobster at The Forge and fine wines at the grand tasting under the big tent on the beach beside the Atlantic.


Macon, Georgia

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Macon, middle Georgia's wonderful city, gave the world some of the greatest music: Little Richard, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers Band and more.

Doc’s on The Gourmet Highway in Macon and shares the charm and cultural heritage of the town that is home to fabulous restaurants, museums and historic sites.

You’ll find wonder in the spring blossoms of 35,000 Yoshiko cherry trees and there are some really awesome craft breweries and pubs. This place is just good for your soul.


Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Doc Lawrence is in Eureka Springs, deep in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Lovely, enchanting and so very European, it's been waiting for our visit with open arms. 

Eureka Springs can satisfy anyone’s appetite for everything from down home southern food to romantic, candlelit dinners. Award-winning restaurants serve savory Czech-German dishes, authentic Italian cuisine and spicy East Indian fare. You'll find Mediterranean, Chinese, Irish, Mexican, Cajun, and Thai as well. You can also dine on a dining car at Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway.

Eureka Springs is a paradise and one visit will not be enough. Go for the shopping, history and gentle folks who love having you for a visit!

Atlanta, Georgia

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Doc Lawrence is in his hometown of Atlanta as he travels along The Gourmet Highway.

His first stop is to the legendary Varsity for some hot dogs, burgers, onion rings (arguably the world's best), fries, pies, Coca-Cola, frosted orange drinks and people watching.

Enthusiasts then and now: Jimmy and Roselyn Carter, Hunter Thompson, Pat Conroy, Reese Witherspoon, Brad Pitt, Dixie Carter, Earl Scruggs, Garrison Keillor, Reba McEntire, Evander Holyfield, Fran Tarkenton, Gladys Knight, Hank Aaron and heaven knows how many others.

It’s easy to see why Atlanta is one of the most popular destinations in the Southeast to live and to visit.

Galveston, Texas

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Galveston is one of the secrets of the American Gulf Coast. An island of Victorian homes and a playground for children of all ages, it survived one of our worst tragedies with the death of over 9,000 people caught in a hurricane and flooding in 1900.

Today, it's home to Moody Gardens, a beautifully created tropical rainforest, luxury hotels, an opera house and some of the most renowned restaurants in the Lone Star State.

Galveston remains an important port town with a 32-mile stretch of beaches, ranging from family-friendly and isolated to go have a party!

The fresh seafood is amazing and you can literally step on to one of the piers or charter boats to catch your meal. The nightlife is rocking! One visit will just not be enough!

Aiken, South Carolina

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Experience Aiken, SC, with its beautiful parkways and shaded streets, its double avenues and historic mansions and enjoy a bit of the town’s intriguing folklore.

Doc tells us about the many things that have helped shape Aiken and what a trip to Aiken means, like getting outdoors, experiencing history, meandering through beautiful parks and bustling shopping.

As you explore Aiken you will notice a thriving downtown that has much to offer. Aiken hosts world-class events and festivals showcasing music, dance, outdoor concerts, food, history, and much more.

In Aiken there's always something new to discover.

Monteagle, Tennessee

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The Monteagle area has a number of adventures just waiting for you. Nestled 45 miles northwest of Chattanooga and 85 miles southeast of Nashville, Monteagle Mountain is a majestic region that has not been left untouched by the passage of time.

The University of the South in Sewanee is just six miles away from the village. You will find charming antebellum homes surrounding the campus, which is worth visiting in of itself. The centuries-old stone buildings on the campus seem to transport you to Cambridge or Oxford.

Once you have experienced the calm of this locale, you will never want to leave it behind. There are a number of antique shops in the area for the many people who want a reminder of the Victorian era in their homes.

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond is super-saturated with American History. Here, Patrick Henry proclaimed 'give me liberty or give me death.""

Thomas Jefferson's imprint is omnipresent. The culinary scene is modern Southern and elegant. And Hollywood Cemetery will keep you occupied for a full and fascinating day.

One visit just will not be enough in Richmond. There's been a craft beer revolution, a food revolution, a fashion revolution and an arts revolution. You’re going to have so much fun!

Find out for yourself why Richmond is a Travel + Leisure Top Destination!

Palm Beach, Florida

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It's an island playground for the rich and famous, the only place in North America where you can witness a rush hour Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Ferrari traffic jam.

Palm Beach, the legendary Florida retreat, has lost none of its grandeur. The Breakers sits like an American Versailles beside the Atlantic shore.

Meet at the bar, close your eyes and dream of Jack and Jackie who came there to dance.

You can create new family memories when you explore all there is to see and do when you visit Palm Springs, FL. Shopping, attractions for all ages, and of course, plenty of golf!

Milledgeville, Georgia

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Milledgeville, a lovely town in central Georgia, was once the state's capital city and hosted the country's first celebrity barbecue honoring America's friend and Revolutionary War hero, Marquis de Lafayette, attended by thousands.

This college town was the home of the novelist Flannery O'Connor whose home, Andalusia Farm, is a national historic shrine.

It was Ms. O'Connor who observed that, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," that became the title of one of her books.

And, the Oconee River Greenway Park and Riverwalk provides a beautiful area to walk, jog, bicycle, relax and enjoy the beauty and sounds of the Oconee River.

Naples and Marco Island, Florida

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Naples and nearby Marco Island, FL, are models of leisure and luxury attracting visitors looking for alternatives to theme park sameness.

Here, the high life dominates while leaving room to enjoy the wonders of nature on the Gulf of Mexico and the Everglades

Naples is rated as one of America's best vacation spots, best places to retire, and best place to raise a family.

This is one city in the U.S. that's as much fun to visit as it is to live here!

Bardstown, Kentucky

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Bardstown, Kentucky, consistently garners awards from USA Today as America's most beautiful small town.

One visit confirms this and makes you want to move there. Nine Bourbon distilleries are headquartered in this Kentucky city.

The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemni, populated by Trappist Monks, is the burial place of fabled theologian Thomas Merton.

Go visit their welcoming spirit and find the friendly attitude and Southern charm that can only be found in such a place.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Chattanooga is a major river city and the shops, galleries, museums and restaurants along the Tennessee River provide enough quality and variety to take up a full weekend.

Bessie Smith, the "Empress of the Blues" grew up here and the city's Bessie Smith Cultural Center is a wonderful place to visit.

The New York Times named Chattanooga one of the "Top 45 Places to go" in the world. You’ll find fabulous outdoor adventure, amazing restaurants, live events, art and world-class attractions! Plan your Chattanooga vacation today.