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Walk where they walked, and drink where they drank, and who knows? Maybe some of their genius will rub off on you.
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907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Key West’s most famous literary resident, Ernest Hemingway, lived in this two-story Spanish-colonial villa for nearly a decade and composed several of his best-known works here. His second wife, Pauline, insisted they add a pool to the...

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120 N Main St, Hannibal, MO 63401, USA
They say great wine in a result of it's terroir, so might the same be true of the boyhood town of a great writer? Being a fan of Mark Twain, I ventured to Hannibal, MO for the Fourth of July to see if my theory would hold up. Does a great town a...
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2628 N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061, USA
A dirt road off a small highway in Milledgeville, a little under two hours from Atlanta, leads you to the home of writer Flannery O'Connor. The farm, which came to be known as Andalusia, was in the O'Connor family for years, but as Flannery's...
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17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, UK
No trip to London is complete without a trip to Dr. Samuel Johnson's House in Gough Square. It's impossible to leave without a strong sense for the man and for his life in London, and the house is a beautiful sight to behold in its own right (and...
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1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA
The Wren's Nest, now a museum and storytelling space dedicated to Joel Chandler Harris in his former home, is a hands-on, experiential way to get a feel for Southern culture, folklore, and history. Far from a mausoleum, The Wren's Nest hosts...
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979 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
Margaret Mitchell, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gone with the Wind, lived in this modest apartment on Peachtree Street from 1925 with her husband John Marsh. She affectionately referred to it as "The Dump," and it is where she wrote most of...
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935 High St, Macon, GA 31201, USA
This simple home in Macon was birthplace to musician, soldier, and notable poet Sidney Lanier. The cottage was rented by his grandparents, who owned many hotels in the south in the 1800s. Lanier spent his childhood in Macon but when the Civil War...
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Frazione Duino, 19, 34011 Duino TS, Italy
“Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels’ hierarchies?” These were the words of inspiration that, like a voice from the wind, called out to poet Rainer Maria Rilke one stormy day while he was wandering along the sea cliffs near the...
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37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Located at 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, a stone’s throw from the Seine and draped in the shadow of Notre Dame, is what should be proclaimed one of France’s national treasures: the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. This is...
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153 Obispo, La Habana, Cuba
Stop by the Ambos Mundos Hotel in Old Havana. Ernest Hemingway spent many years living in a hotel room here and the view from the rooftop restaurant and bar is breathtaking. Have a cool, refreshing mojito after visiting the small Hemingway museum...
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6 Wonson St, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Rocky Neck Art Colony is the oldest working art colony in the US. Leonard Craske, the sculptor who created 'Man at the Wheel', marking the Fisherman's Memorial, called the area home. Louisa May Alcott and Rudyard Kipling worked in studios here....
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Louisburg Square, Boston, MA 02108, USA
For many visitors to Boston the bowfront brick townhouses that enclose Louisburg Square, an oval private green, epitomize the architectural character of the city. Dating from 1826 the Louisburg Square Proprietors were the first home association in...
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3721, 48 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Johnny Heinold opened the joint in 1883, and it still stands in Jack London Square, between the upscale Haven Restaurant and the pan-Latin destination eatery Bocanova. During the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the pilings supporting the saloon...
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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Located inside the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Round Robin and Scotch Bar has been a lively meeting place for influential movers and shakers such as Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Henry Clay. It was here in the...
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37 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1E9, Canada
The King Edward Hotel has been home to many famed figures from Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton caused a small riot when they stayed in the same room together despite not being married. This was also the hotel that...
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Rodney Rd, Port Gibson, MS 39150, USA
Windsor Ruins are iconic. They've been co-opted by Hollywood, photographed repeatedly by professionals including Eudora Welty. Though I have lived in Mississippi most of my life, I had never seen them. Last summer, I grabbed my camera and set out....