Alabama

Tips and Articles in Alabama

Turns out there’s a massive store in Scottsboro, Alabama that’s making a profit from your unfortunate baggage situation. The Unclaimed Baggage Center measures in at 40,000 square feet—covering more than a city block—and is packed full of clothing,...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and there’s no better time to visit Alabama’s capital city, a Deep South history hotspot. But don’t get lost in yesterday; the city’s present is as interesting as its past. ...
Pursuing a life as close to nature as possible would have been madness to the seventeenth-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who sensed “continual fear and danger” in such an existence. Hobbes felt certain it would be “poor, nasty, brutish...
When Matt McKinney took a 39-day road trip in 2012, he experienced one version of the American dream, just before he reached the Pacific Ocean: a flawless burger. “It was a really big, juicy patty and a perfectly moist bun,” says the Dallas-based...
Monique Péan, Jewelry Designer Destination: Cartagena, Colombia Local Color: “I was struck by all the vibrantly painted Spanish-colonial buildings along Cartagena’s winding streets. It is an enchanting city.” Travel Ethos: “My father worked wit...
Right about now, you’re checking out your kids’ school calendar and wondering how to transform their week of vacation into fun for the whole family. The good news is that there are a growing number of options. College kids may have made spring br...
Recently, the Alabama Tourism Department issued a list of “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die.” While you might be just fine if you never taste chef Frank Stitt’s grits before you reach your deathbed, your palate will be a whole lot riche...
Gary Hofstetter, president of a private equity real estate fund in Boston, describes himself as a "suit on State Street." That’s quite a change from the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he was a wild-haired, rock-loving roadie for local bands in U...
Like any self-respecting Southern belle, the Lodge on Gorham's Bluff knows its best quality and shows it off to advantage: every one of the six rooms has windows that exploit the view, and if you follow the stairs up past the third floor, you arri...
The latest generation of hands-on science centers and technology museums is launching kids into new levels of exploration. Medics-in-training can confront a 3-D hologram of a mondo germ and guide a laser in a virtual surgery so realistic it's defi...
Leaving New Orleans, my friend Owen scans the FM dial for some road music. He stops on the final bars of a Scott Joplin tune. "What makes ragtime unique to this region," the DJ chimes in, "is its blending of cultures: European and African. On top ...
Leaving New Orleans, my friend Owen scans the FM dial for some road music. He stops on the final bars of a Scott Joplin tune. "What makes ragtime unique to this region," the DJ chimes in, "is its blending of cultures: European and African. On top ...
A pair of newly restored houses allow a glimpse into the lives of two major historic figures. It took $2.5 million and nearly six years to repair the arson damage to Thomas Wolfe's childhood residence (52 N. Market St.; 828/253-8304; www.wolfememo...
• The family behind New Orleans' Commander's Palace restaurant began the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund (www.ghcf.org) to benefit restaurant and hotel workers who lost their jobs. • Continental pledged tickets to any reg...
Dodge dim sum. Hold the raves on risotto. Here's the lowdown on Stars and Stripes for the taste buds. Sure, you might have to drive out of the comfort zone, yell your order, or share a table with strangers. It doesn't faze you at all. You crave th...