Galax, Virginia

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Our host of The Gourmet Highway, Doc Lawrence, travels to Galax, VA, for some fun, music and great food!

Galax is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains and is rich with tradition, shopping, recreation and scenic beauty.

A visit here offers everything from quaint downtown shops to hiking and Old Time Bluegrass Music festivals.

Many folklorists believe that Galax is richer in traditional music than any other place in the United States.

Go explore Galax and tell them Doc sent you!

Magnolia Springs, Alabama

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Magnolia Springs is the only city in the country with mail delivery by boat.

The ancient oaks and Spanish Moss form canopies for romantic strolls. Leisure living is de rigueur.

Smiles abound, and if you come along, Doc will take you to an authentic Alabama dinner.

Magnolia Springs is tucked away on the Magnolia River in South Alabama. It’s known as a pass-through town on the way to Gulf Shores, but this lovely place has its own heart, with stories that date back to1800!

Join Doc Lawrence as he travels along The Gourmet Highway!

Cross Creek, Florida

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Cross Creek is where civilizations converge. For our host, Doc Lawrence, one of the benefits from traveling on the Gourmet Highway is the joy that comes from discovery.

Here in Cross Creek, Doc takes us way off the beaten path to a beautifully preserved culture chronicled by a legendary American author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings who lived and wrote here.

Before you come, you might want to pick up a copy of one of her books to travel back to frontier Florida – and then come see the park and explore her farmyard, grove, seasonal garden and trails. Her book about her life here, Cross Creek, will take you directly back to life on this land and in this community.

Join Doc for some fine food featuring her own recipes along with the gifted writer's wine recommendations. Cracker cooking is not what you think. Doc calls it original Florida and downright delicious.

Micanopy, Florida

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Our fellow traveler and host of The Gourmet Highway, Doc Lawrence, takes us to the ancient and lovely village of Micanopy, Florida.

He’s on a culinary adventure feasting on Cracker staples like smoked mullet dip, shrimp and grits, ceviche, minorcan chowder with hushpuppies accompanied by the finest Bloody Mary's in the country made with Florida's Datil pepper sauce.

This beautiful southern community was named for Seminole Chief Micanopy and is Florida's self-proclaimed antiques capital.

If you like Old Florida atmosphere, moss-draped live oaks and historic buildings, not to mention the great food and drinks, you will be charmed when you visit Micanopy. One visit will just not be enough!

Carrabelle, Florida

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Doc is heading south to Carrabelle, the gentle village on Florida's Gulf Coast Panhandle and searching for that perfect fried grouper sandwich served in a seafood shack that has an old jukebox playing Hank Williams songs.

Carrabelle is an actual historical fishing village and people have been harvesting from the sea for more than 100 years! Located right on the Gulf of Mexico in the eastern Florida Panhandle, you’ll be happy to chow down on the best shrimp and oysters to make you come back for more!

Carrabelle is an ideal location surrounded by state and national forests, together with its beautiful, deep water seaport.

But don’t tell anyone! A little secret between friends!

Plains, Georgia

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The Gourmet Highway never ends!

September takes Doc to Plains, Georgia and Sunday services at Jimmy Carter's church, followed by a visit with dear friends at nearby Koinonia Farm, the Birthplace of Habitat for Humanity.

Discover a world of Southern charm, famous for its annual peanut festival. From the Train Depot, to several museums, antique malls and even the peanut store, there are plenty of activities in Plains, Georgia, to entertain.

The Plains Historic Inn has seven rooms built by President Carter and others, decorated in the decades of his life. The rooms range from the 1920s through the 1980s and are beautifully decorated with furnishing from each of the periods.

There’s something for everyone in Plains, GA, and lots of great peanuts too!

Decatur, Georgia

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Doc says there is no better way to welcome September that a couple of days browsing through the acclaimed AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Not only featuring 240 authors, the family-friendly celebration showcases the acclaimed restaurants-many like Kimball House and Revival boasting national reputations-along with sidewalks galore that lead to music venues, clubs, lounges and galleries.

Park benches are everywhere. Just listen to the children playing! Join our host Dec Lawrence on The Gourmet Highway as he makes an important stop for all the fun.

Key West, Florida

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The Gourmet Highway ends in Key West. And, it begins there as well.

Doc takes us to Mallory Square to salute the sunset, and begin the adventure visiting those places loved by Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Ava Gardner, Harry Truman, James J. Audubon and others, topping off each day with Papa Dobles and regal dining.

There are Key West attractions for everyone! Or you can just relax on the beach, sit by the pool or enjoy a nice cocktail as you stroll around this island paradise.

If you’ve never been before, put Key West on your list of places to visit. Fabulous shopping, museums, art galleries, theaters and fun in the sun await you!

Cape Canaveral, Florida

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Doc is in Cape Canaveral as he travels along The Gourmet Highway. Florida seafood, great wines, fine dining and a half-century of space history.

Nearby cities are loaded with positive energy. Shall we sign up for the Mission to Mars? Serve the first bottle of Jack Daniel's on the Red Planet?

You’ll find magnificent weather, beautiful scenery, countless outdoor amenities, and one of the largest deepwater ports in the world.

Cape Canaveral is an amazing little beachside community nestled comfortably between family vacations and cutting-edge space travel technology.

Everything is possible here. Get ready to blast off!

Helen, Georgia

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Host Doc Lawrence leads us to Helen, Georgia's Alpine Village. Doc first visited there almost 50 years ago and fills us in on how this place has thrived.

Doc goes fly fishing in the Chattahoochee and hikes through Unicoi State Park. He finishes with a happy hour Georgia-style and a gourmet dinner equal to the best in Atlanta.

Helen has the charm of Bavaria right in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

You’ll find quaint hotels, cobblestone walkways, surrounded by natural beauty, wineries, artisan tours, festivals, and so much more!

Rome, Georgia

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Travel along The Gourmet Highway with our good pal Doc Lawrence as he visits Rome, the gentle border city west of Atlanta.

Rome, whose name is a commemoration of the Italian city of Rome, was built on seven hills with a river running between them, a feature that was an inspiration for the name.

A lovely and friendly town where the arts flourish and restaurants thrive, it's the home of the Rome Braves, part of the Atlanta Braves system.

Rome has a strong arts community, a passion for history and a respect for the three gentle rivers winding through the heart of the city.

A great getaway for the entire family. And it’s very pet friendly!


Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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The Gourmet Highway leads to Muscle Shoals deep in Sweet Home Alabama for Rock and Roll, Barbecue, catfish and hushpuppies.

Near the Tennessee River, this is the spiritual epicenter of America's great music. Aretha, Otis Redding, Bono, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones plus many more recorded hits here, absorbing the mysterious sounds and glorious rhythms.

Join host Doc Lawrence for some honky-tonkin' and Southern hospitality as he travels along The Gourmet Highway.


Dahlonega, Georgia

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The Gourmet Highway leads to gold and wine as we enjoy the wonders of beautiful Dahlonega, Ga, only an north of Atlanta.

Host Doc Lawrence spends some time in Dahlonega enjoying Cynthiana wine, a Georgia country cooking' feast at renowned Smith House and pan for some gold.

Dahlonega offers an authentic, mountain getaway. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega offers expansive mountain vistas, roaring waterfalls and bubbling streams, postcard-worthy wineries and an abundance of entertainment. Fun for the entire family!


Corinth, Mississippi

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Doc is on the road for The Gourmet Highway and is visiting Corinth, the lovely, historic city in northeast Mississippi. It’s home to museums, a National Park Service Civil War Interpretive, historic neighborhoods, churches and cemeteries. And so much more…

It's slugburgers and strawberry milkshakes, tamales with French wine and live bluegrass music, plus memories of a young Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys. 

Corinth is often referred to as Mississippi's Gateway City due to its location in the northeast corner of the state.


Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Our host of The Gourmet Highway, Doc Lawrence, is in the Old Dominion State's largest city and one of the most fascinating vacation destinations on the East Coast.

Virginia Beach was the home of seer/philosopher Edgar Cayce and his institute draws visitors to the the city from the four corners.

Fine dining is exemplified by the haute cuisine of Le Yaca, an epicurean shrine with a world-class wine program.

One of the country's most popular beaches brings in throngs from nearby Washington, DC and the boardwalk is the stuff of family fun. Museums abound. This was early colonial America and many beautifully restored homes date back to the early 1700's.


Nashville, Tennessee

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Music City has a magnetism that brings visitors from the four corners.

So much of America's popular culture is manifested in lyrics, harmonies and rhythms and Nashville remains the epicenter of these core art forms.

Doc always books into the Hermitage. Here, JFK and Jackie stayed and danced. Big bands once performed every Saturday evening. And few would dispute their claim to be the unchallenged gourmet dining center of Tennessee.

The Hermitage Hotel: luxury, regal architectural design and opulent amenities juxtaposes with the rustic heritage of the nearby Ryman Auditorium, Honky Tonk Row and legendary Studio A that once hosted Elvis, Patsy Cline, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and hundreds more.


Sarasota, Florida

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Sarasota, Florida, is the great Sunshine State arts center and this week's destination on The Gourmet Highway.

Come along with our host, Doc Lawrence, and tour of all John and Mabel Ringling, who gave to so many future generations.

You’ll find opulent gardens, fine art, their legendary home, performance stages and museums. "The Greatest Show on Earth" was born here.

Sarasota is home to great restaurants and chefs, including Doc’s favorite, the lovely and gifted Chef Judi Gallagher. 

This grand city is also the gateway to miles of beaches with fine sand and shallow waters, such as Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach.

Winter Park, Florida

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Doc is on The Gourmet Highway in Winter Park, FL.

A glorious city near Orlando, Winter Park is a genuine center for the arts. The Morse Museum showcases the largest collection of the glass art creations of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Allow a full day for this. Walk over to Luma on Park for dining equal to the best in Manhattan. Stroll along Central Park for galleries and boutiques notable for luxury and refined taste.

Here's a Florida city that maintains its heritage and eschews the ordinary. Bonus: It's terrifically friendly.


Lafayette, Louisiana

Doc loves Lafayette and says, "It's friendly, music is everywhere, and the locals seem to speak the language of Napoleon Bonaparte.”

Lafayette is the capital of Cajun America and a place you won't soon forget. Food? Easily the best of Cajun/Creole in America. Dance? Everyone here loves a great dance band. Wines? 100% French, as it should be.

No place except Ireland offers such a warm welcome to strangers.

It's the Deep South to be sure, but with the flavors of Nova Scotia and the mystique of Paris in the air.



Beaufort, North Carolina

Beaufort, the gem of a city on North Carolina's fabled Crystal Coast and the destination for this week's edition of The Gourmet Highway.

Tune in with our legendary host Doc Lawrence and celebrate the wonders of this picturesque paradise. 

Outdoor joys like fishing and marveling at the wild horses? Fun with few comparisons. And dining is a continuous adventure from first light.

Join Doc as he’s fishing for his dinner, enjoying wild horses grazing and making plans to devour fresh Atlantic oysters at Sanitary Restaurant in Morehead City.