Author: Tom Adkinson

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  PROVIDENCE, R.I. – You don’t have to leave the U.S. to get a ride in a genuine Venetian gondola (serenade included). Two of the three gondolas you see gliding along the Providence and Woonasquatucket rivers in downtown Providence were …

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Some foods just sound logical. Consider roast pork, apple pie, ripe tomatoes, and sweet corn. But chocolate gravy? If you’re from Arkansas, that sounds perfectly logical – and delicious when you crave a breakfast treat. Kristie …

Chocolate Gravy? It Makes Perfect Sense in Arkansas Read More »

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KEY LARGO, Fla. — The African Queen, the actual boat from the movie of the same name, has been resurrected. The putt-putt-puttering steam-powered boat has led an amazing life in its 100+ years (it was built in England in 1912), …

Bogart, Hepburn, the African Queen — and You Read More »

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With the possible exception of trout fishermen obsessing over salmonoids , virtually everyone considers the American black bear to be the symbol of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are beautiful, but far from cuddly, and there are about 1,500 …

Watch, but don’t feed the bears in the Smoky Mountains Read More »

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AVERY ISLAND, La. – This spot in Louisiana Cajun country is famous the world over for little bottles of a spicy red sauce. Of course, it’s Tabasco sauce, and 2018 is a major anniversary year — 150 years of spicing …

Old Spice: 150 Years of Tabasco Zing Read More »

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  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Melvin’s Place of BBQ isn’t somewhere you’d take a first date – unless your date knows how to appreciate the finer aspects of culinary life here in the Barbecue Belt. What now is Melvin’s Place of …

Dining with Melvin in Huntsville, barbecue style Read More »

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A gallery of portrait paintings shows many of the looks Ava Gardner could adopt. Image by Tom Adkinson.

SMITHFIELD, N.C. – Expectations for small-town museums often are understandably low, but expect to be impressed at the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield. It delivers the ultimate small-town-girl-who-hit-it-big story in a prominent location on Smithfield’s main street. One of Hollywood’s …

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HODGENVILLE, Ky. – Illinois calls itself the “Land of Lincoln,” but Kentucky is where Abraham Lincoln was born. There’s no escaping that historical fact when you visit Hodgenville and the rolling countryside that surrounds this little town about 50 miles …

Kentucky, the Original ‘Land of Lincoln’ Read More »

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