Atlanta, Georgia


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Baton Rouge is a multi-cultural treasure, a Deep South metropolis with culinary connections to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

Huey Long, Louisiana Senator and governor, was assassinated here but not before "The Kingfish" left his mark on the state.

Baton Rouge houses over 300 years of history, much of which can be tasted in the amazing food and seen in their distinct architecture. Baton Rouge has its own unique culture. There are so many ways to experience this grand destination and tons of accommodations to choose from, including B & Bs and boutique hotels.

Jacksonville, Florida


Jacksonville is a must destination for gourmets. A major port city with unlimited access to great seafood, the city is also a major arts center with a symphony, opera, ballet and acclaimed museums.

Here you can experience a different side of Florida, and you can combine adventure with chillaxing. In fact, Expedia listed Jacksonville as one of the 21 Super Cool U.S. cities! Jacksonville is ready to welcome you so go visit and have fun!

Fernindina Beach, Florida

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Fernindina Beach, the lovely city in northeast Florida, juxtaposes original Florida with the amenities expected by today's visitors.

If you love beautiful Victorian homes and great restaurants, here is your paradise.

Fernandina Beach is a sweet community with warm neighbors, great shopping, beautiful sandy beaches and majestic trees.

Begin your day with a glorious sunrise and end the day with a radiant sunset!

Franklin, Tennessee

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Franklin, Tennessee is the lovely city just south of Nashville. It’s a natural stop along The Gourmet Highway, with great restaurants, entertainment, wineries and galleries, complete with a backdrop of fascinating history and friendly locals who warmly embrace visitors.

Franklin has earned national recognition as an authentic, eclectic place offering something for everyone! Step back to a simpler time in our history, where community matters.

Miami, Florida


The magnificent Fountainbleu Hotel defines Miami Beach and is emblematic of the advanced architecture, elegance and romance that makes a journey along The Gourmet Highway a path to a higher life.

Miami Beach is a melting pot and celebrates diversity through its food, art and entertainment. All of this along wth beautiful beaches, lots of wildlife and endless amenities.

The weather is amazing all year round so if you haven't visited Miami Beach yet, anytime is a fabulous time to come visit Florida's most colorful city!

Blue Ridge, Georgia

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Blue Ridge, Georgia is our next weekend stop on The Gourmet Highway.

You can reach up and touch heaven in majestic Blue Ridge. This sets the stage for all kinds of adventures on The Gourmet Highway: fly fishing for native trout with handcrafted fly rods by Oyster, sidewalk window shopping, fine dining enjoyed with some fabulous red wines from Tiger Mountain Vineyards, fabulous fruit and baked goods from Mercier Orchards, all topped off by a romantic excursion on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.

There’s so much fun for the whole family in Blue Ridge, one visit is certainly not enough!

Lakeland, Florida

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Lakeland's Florida Southern College campus is home to 13 magnificent buildings designed by fabled architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

He called them "A Child of the Sun" and to behold them is a stunning experience. Lakeland's Terrace Hotel recalls the Jazz age, Gatsby, Flappers and elegance. A first-class hotel with one of America's greatest bars. 

 In the heart of Lakeland's downtown, Lake Mirror Park offers a historic promenade, amphitheater and pedestrian walkways. Hollis Garden is a lovely formal garden that showcases more than 10,000 flowers and Florida indigenous plants.

And you're never at a loss for shopping! And you'll find antiques, restaurants, museums, art galleries and pubs, right in the downtown area of Lakeland.


Monroeville, Alabama


Two giants of literature, Harper Lee and Truman Capote, grew up here as next door neighbors.

The gorgeous old courthouse will forever be the home of Atticus Finch. Visit here and be transformed.

Monroeville combines the conveniences and amenities of an urban lifestyle with the charm of a small town. Visitors come from all over the world to stroll the streets of this very special place.

Monroeville is nestled about halfway between Montgomery and Mobile and you'll find a full range of lodging options to suit your budget and lifestyle. Enjoy! 


Tupelo, Mississippi


Elvis was born here in poverty, but soon absorbed the music of this gentle town and fulfilled his mission of teaching the world how to rock while making some spending money on the side.

Tupelo has a variety of lodging options and everywhere you go you feel the beat of live music. A great place to do some dancing! 

Tour the Elvis-themed Guitar Trail, spend down time checking out the local spots, and be sure to have some biscuits with a good helping of Tupelo honey!