This town in central Alaska advertises its ZIP code (99705) as "Santa's ZIP Code." And why not? After all, it's got the right name -- even if the reason for it is more about economics than holiday spirit. When a development company bought the area in 1952, it decided to call it North Pole in the hopes of attracting a toy manufacturer or theme-park developer to the area. While that didn't pan out the way the developers had hoped, the town does lay claim to the Santa Claus House, the "official" home of the jolly gift-giver. A 42-foot tall, 900-pound Santa statue welcomes visitors to the sprawling store, which, predictably, specializes in Christmas-related merchandise and collectibles.
Artist Erik Linton has always been intrigued by natural patterns and textures in nature. His goal is to change the way we look at ordinary things. With his tree ring series, he wants to bring the beauty of the natural world into our homes. His wood grain art print is featured in DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015.
First inspired by a patent drawing of a duck call, Patent Prints founder Cole Borders began producing patent art prints that make distinctive art pieces with an educational flare. Printed on matte cardstock, each one looks authentic while being appropriate for any home or office wall. These prints add a bit of history and personalization to your space.
This picturesque spring wedding was held at the Allandale Mansion barn in Kingsport, Tenn. "Kingsport is a small, quaint town with few outdoor venues," explains the bride. "We knew we wanted a rustic vibe, so when we visited Allandale, we fell in love with its beautiful weeping willow trees and big, open barn."
Running for 444 miles through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, the Natchez Trace Parkway is a gorgeous historic parkway that welcomes bicyclists, cars and pedestrians. From its earliest inhabitants in 800 A.D. to the troops who marched it under Andrew Jackson, every milepost tells a story.
Tombstone is one gold rush-era "ghost town" that isn't, well, a total ghost town. With a year-round population of about 1,500 (the town's motto is "The Town Too Tough to Die"), Tombstone hits its stride around Halloween, when travelers descend on the town to celebrate "Helldorado Days," which began as an anniversary commemorating the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral (it went down Oct. 26, 1881). The annual event features a variety of Old West-themed activities and is usually held the third weekend in October. While you're whooping it up Old West-style, don't forget to visit Big Nose Kate's Saloon to buy tickets for the "Gunfighter and Ghost Tour," featuring Tombstone's "most haunted" destinations, and check out famous Boothill Cemetery (pictured), where many of the outlaw gunslingers -- and their victims -- are buried.
The library’s main building downtown is a work of art worth wandering, even if you aren’t into libraries. In addition to books, the Nashville Public Library offers a superb line-up of free programming that includes music in its courtyard, puppet shows for children, author talks, films and more.
Lisa and Jim Millen started Great Lakes Reclaimed in 2012. Lisa grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. Being a builder, Jim had reclaimed lumber from remodel and renovations jobs. They decided to combine their love for the Great Lakes and reclaimed lumber to create products to sell. With a focus on quality, the moved their wood shop and home base back to Petoskey, Michigan where they enjoy getting back to the waters of the Great Lakes and rekindling old friendships. In 2015, they opened a retail store in Walloon Lake Village.