Legendary author Ernest Hemingway first fell in love with Key West’s vibrant surroundings after visiting the island on a trip home from Paris. He and his second wife, Pauline, moved there in 1928 and lived there throughout the 1930s. While in Florida, he got to participate in one of his favorite sports — fishing — and earned his nickname, “Papa.” He penned A Farewell to Arms and Death in the Afternoon on the island. And even 113 years after Hemingway’s birth next month, his presence can still be felt.
If baking idly in a beach chair isn’t your idea of an invigorating shore excursion, head east this summer to find what is arguably the best surfing action this side of the Mississippi – board, wind and kite.
Now that spring is in full swing, the warmer weather brings lots of open-air possibilities: meals on patios, football in the park, lake time with friends and beach vacations. But it also kicks off the season of festivals across the South. Here, we explore a few of the festivals that may deserve a place on your calendar.