Winter 2014

Nature’s Path: Going Beneath the Surface

Nature’s Path: Going Beneath the Surface

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] Thanks to a limestone belt that stretches across  northeastern Alabama, northwestern Georgia and southeastern Tennessee, this area boasts one of the heaviest cave concentrations in the United States – and some of the most beautiful subterranean scenery you’ll find anywhere. by ELIZABETH MANNING “Misery ahead” isn’t a phrase
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History Book: Jewels of the Valleys

History Book: Jewels of the Valleys

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] The Lookout Mountain region’s classic theatres reflect an optimistic era in history and hold myriad promises for tomorrow. by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure-dome decree…” – “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge In the 1880s and ’90s,
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Lookout Georgia: SHANGRI-LA

Lookout Georgia: SHANGRI-LA

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] A hidden valley long cherished by a lucky few is now open to the public, offering a restaurant, event venue, recreation opportunities and vacation cottages. story by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN | photos by BARBARA ADKINS, GREG BEASLEY and Mountain Cove Farms Resort SHANGRI-LA DECADES AGO AS
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Mountain Melodies: Original Sound

Mountain Melodies: Original Sound

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] After a transitional period of self-discovery, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Keef is emerging as a solo artist by playing his music his way. by ANITA STIEFEL If you don’t recognize his name, you will soon. Ryan Keef has established himself as one of
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Kid’s View: The Jump Park

Kid’s View: The Jump Park

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] You can play dodgeball and basketball, swing into a pit of foam squares and do tricks on the trampolines at this awesome indoor arena. by LYDIA MCCORMICK, AGE 10 | photos by JULIE MCCORMICK and The Jump Park Have you ever wished for a
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Tying the Knot: Simple Beauty

Tying the Knot: Simple Beauty

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] The Hay Barn offers a versatile canvas of rolling hills and mountain scenery, and its proprietors encourage couples to make their wedding celebrations as unique as themselves. by BRETT JAILLET | photos by AMBER HOLRITZ AND IAN RILEY of the lifestyle photographer [s2If !is_user_logged_in()] To read the rest of this article,
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The Homestead: Consummate Host

The Homestead: Consummate Host

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] For Tommy Milham, ‘settling down’ on Lookout Mountain has involved building three cabins and a lake – and sharing his property with vacationers he quickly calls friends. story by LARUE HARDINGER | photos by OLIVIA GRIDER and Salil V Photography Tommy Milham is a robust,
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What’s Cookin’: Local Favorite

What’s Cookin’: Local Favorite

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] Using only word-of-mouth advertising, Kati Thai Cuisine is hooking a growing number of customers who shower praise on the restaurant’s authentic dishes made from fresh ingredients and cooked when ordered. story by ANITA STIEFEL | photos by ANITA STIEFEL and RANDY GRIDER Frankly, I didn’t know
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Life on Lookout Mountain: Winter 2014

Life on Lookout Mountain: Winter 2014

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] text and photography by JOHN DERSHAM There is something magical here, indefinable yet very noticeable. So what is it? The Lookout Mountain region, as we call it, is tucked away at the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains. This area is close to quite
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Artist Spotlight: Visual Poet

Artist Spotlight: Visual Poet

  [s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] With an energy equal to the vivid colors on her canvases, Lydia Randolph shares the beauty she sees in nature, people and the commonplace. by OLIVIA GRIDER [s2If !is_user_logged_in()] To read the rest of this article, pick up a copy of the Winter
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Doing Buisness: Southern Brew

Doing Buisness: Southern Brew

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] Back Forty Beer Company leads Alabama’s craft-beer industry by cultivating a homegrown philosophy. by RANDY GRIDER Jason Wilson’s product line might be craft beers, but what he is really marketing is something deeply ingrained in his roots – Southern culture. The founder and chief executive of
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Editor’s Note: Vacation Local

Editor’s Note: Vacation Local

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF [/s2If] It might sound like an oxymoron, but odds are places in your own region offer experiences that rival those requiring a much longer trip. During the previews at a movie theatre several years ago, I had the out-of-body-like experience of watching a tourism
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Feature: Buy, Sell or Barter

Feature: Buy, Sell or Barter

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] Thousands flock each week to Collinsville Trade Day, a culturally unique event featuring one-of-a-kind items and just about everything else. story and photos by RANDY GRIDER Growing up on rural Sand Mountain, the 20-mile trip to Collinsville (Ala.) Trade Day offered an opportunity to find
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Inn for the Night: Rejuvenating Retreat

Inn for the Night: Rejuvenating Retreat

[s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF[/s2If] DeSoto State Park offers a wide range of lodging options, giving guests of all stripes – even those who insist on modern conveniences – an opportunity to commune with nature. story by MEREDITH CUMMINGS | photos by BRITTNEY HUGHES and MEREDITH CUMMINGS To say
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Folklore: Fly

Folklore: Fly

  [s2If is_user_logged_in()] Click here to view this article as a PDF [/s2If]by CHUCK BUCKNER She sat there on the bluff rock about 40 feet above  the first bench below. One slip and she would be too injured or too dead for me to be able to help, even if I could get to her.
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