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Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on April 10, 2012

 
 

You may not expect to find a tourism attraction at at Catholic monastery, much less one in suburban Georgia. But in Conyers, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit has become a must-see location for groups touring the area. A group of Trappist monks from Kentucky established this monastery decades ago, living in a barn and…

 

Surveying the Civil War

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on April 09, 2012

 
 

There are few places in the United States so impacted by the Civil War as Atlanta. The city famously burned after Union general Sherman captured it in 1864. Today, nearly 150 years later, the events are still a striking part of the Atlanta story. There are plenty of places around the city that shed light…

 

Roswell’s Southern Trilogy

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on April 09, 2012

 
 

Barrington Hall Roswell, Georgia, has all of the characteristic elements of a Southern village — a picturesque town square, a lush green park with a white bandstand and a historic river mill. But Roswell also has something that most of the other small towns around Atlanta don’t — a trio of antebellum homes. ‘Roswell has…

 
 
 

Elaborate costumes, screaming crowds and police escorts — this must be what it feels like to be a rock star. No, I’m not on tour with Lady Gaga. I’m in Biloxi, Mississippi for Mardi Gras, the yearly Fat Tuesday celebration that preceeds Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. And on this warm, sunny February Tuesday,…

 

Katrina who?

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on February 20, 2012

 
 

When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore in 2005, it made its mark on Mississippi’s gulf coast. In Gulfport and Biloxi, the storm destroyed casinos, museums, homes and other structures; the nearby town of Bay St. Louis suffered incredible damage. But in the years since, the towns along the Mississippi coastline have rebuilt and renewed themselves, making…

 

Museum for a ‘Mad Potter’

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on February 19, 2012

 
 

Most coastal destinations are known more for their beaches and resorts than for art and architecture. But in Biloxi, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum is one of the region’s cheif attractions, showcasing the work of a famous local artist in an architectural setting that is an acheivement in itself. I’m spending a few days on the Mississippi…

 

Penguins, Sharks and Jellies

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on November 09, 2011

 
 

Aquariums are some of my favorite places to visit as I travel around the country. There’s sometime about coming face-to-face with exotic ocean creatures that thrills me in a way that museums and historic sites simply can’t. At Newport Aquarium, part of Newport on the Levee in Northern Kentucky, I got an up-close glimpse at…

 
 
 

I visited the Creation Museum last week as part of a daylong editorial research trip in Northern Kentucky. There’s a lot to think about in a museum that deals with such weighty subject matter as the origins of human existence and the search for absolute truth; at the end of the visit, though, two main…

 

Electric trains and apple pies

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on October 19, 2011

 
 

In East Troy, a preserved electic railroad gives visitors a passage into some of the area’s hidden treasures. A short drive from Lake Geneva, East Troy is a small southeast Wisconsin town that has a 100-year railroad history. In 1907, the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company brought the first electric railway through town, connecting…

 

A day on Geneva Lake

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on October 19, 2011

 
 

After spending a day on Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake (in the town of Lake Genvea), it’s easy to understand what made this area such a popular getaway for wealthy Chicagoans of the 19th century. With crystal clear water and beautiful foliage on 20 miles of shoreline, this lake is one of the natural treasures of the…