I recently reunited with college best friends (from Denver, New Orleans, Chicago and Israel) for a fast-paced, perfect getaway to New York City. Absorbing the city’s energy upon arrival was unavoidable, as we managed to toast with wine and steak frîtes at Balthazar until 1 a.m. on Friday without a blink (and I can’t say I’ve stayed up that late in months).
Though I spent a sweet Saturday day trip in the Square with some gals a couple years back, we sought a close-enough new summer destination for the two of us. So at around 3 p.m. after a full usual Saturday morning of exercise, the farmers market, brunch and errands, Alex and I packed a bag, dropped off the pup at my parents', and headed down to Mississippi for a date night at The Graduate Oxford.
My sweet husband's hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas mixes Southern expectations with cultural eclecticism for every type of traveler. Now capturing the character of the state’s corners and beyond, the capital city brings depth from its riverfront to the hills. Craft beer, culinary standouts and breathtaking walking trails and bridges prove that, yes, Little Rock is much more than cheese dip.
Music City is experiencing rapid growth and development in categories beyond the town’s homegrown country music—its booming food and lifestyle scene is hosting imports from Brooklyn to New Orleans, mixing and matching raw Southern roots with contemporary and refined finesse. The Southern empire is making waves—ride along the three-hour drive from Memphis and take advantage of the capital city’s trends and classics.