Mentone, Alabama

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Mentone, the incredibly beautiful Alabama mountain town, is Doc’s stop on this week's Gourmet Highway.

Waterfalls, breathtaking vistas and fresh cool air are part of this lovely travel experience.

Join Doc as he hikes, dines, sips and makes some new friends, which is easy to do here. And of course enjoys a delicious meal at the wonderful Wildflower Cafe.

Slow down, sit back, and return to a time when front porches opened up to friends as well as vistas.

Mentone is the perfect place to unplug, unwind and enjoy life to the very fullest!

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. 


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.