He devoted July to Ely, the northern-Minnesota gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. The TIME quote on the back of the book makes a pertinent statement that I wholeheartedly agree with. Charles Kuralt hosted a popular Sunday Morning segment on CBS. I was surprised to find that it was not. Newspaper article I like Charles Kuralt's approach to people and places and especially the way he writes about them.

© 2015 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. For example, Key West in February, New Mexico in November. Broadcast journalist Charles Kuralt once gave himself that dream assignment: Spend one month apiece in your favorite places in the United States, "at just the right time of the year.'' Javascript must be enabled in order to access C-SPAN videos. MidwestWeekends.com — Your Travel Guide to the Upper Midwest. Then I read this. They've been on the sidelines, but now they're ready for their closeup. Take in the view from the Stone Arch Bridge. Listened to the audiobook, so I really didn’t give it a fair chance. This book was written by Charles Kuralt the year following his retirement from CBS.

"And their reply was, 'Mom, go for it!'". When her husband of 52 years died, Lou Schell thought that her dream of going on the road had died with him. I also started to read his 'American Moments' which seemed to be snippets of narratives from his show. His first year of retirement he chose to travel around the country and spend a month in each of his favorite places. He had such a lyrical way of writing. Here are 10 great places the crowds tend to overlook. The water on the southern shore is warm enough to swim in, the black flies are gone and, if you wait till the last half of the month, the crowds will be gone, too. Ski on 200 kilometers of groomed nordic trails, snowshoe, go on sleigh rides, try skijoring, howl for wolves or mush a dog team. A skier heads onto the trails around Maplelag in northwest Minnesota. Of course I was a tourist who only saw the glossy surface; he spent a month in each, and not only got to know the residents but captured and shared their stories. His thoughts and experiences in places I've also visited and places I've yet to see were interesting. You know the saying: There's no time like the present...unless you're looking for a distraction from the current moment. Book Business: Publishing: Past, Present, and Future, Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America. 279 pages, Putnam, $24.95, Keyword searches may also use the operators But the best … As they had everywhere they went, Lou and Janie made good friends. The first morel mushrooms pop up through old leaves. It was as vivid as watching his Sunday morning TV show, and I realize I didn't need the images. ", March, Charleston, S.C.: "Charleston was founded by lords and sampling: January, New Orleans: "We were settled by Catholics from Spain He devoted July to Ely, the northern-Minnesota gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are honeycombed with beautiful trails. After reading that section first, I was sold. The season is short, so have as much fun as you can. Take a free guided tour of the Capitol. Charles Kuralt can write. The bonus for budget travelers is lower hotel rates; conventions peter out during the holidays, so hotel rates go way down. He then spent a year traveling around the United States--about a month in the following locations: Here is a traveler who doesn't go to the biggest attraction around before hitting the road.
Many people come hoping to catch a big storm, like the one that caught the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975; its sinking is commemorated every Nov. 10 at Split Rock Lighthouse. I made myself read a chapter a day, which meant each day I got to spend some time in different parts of America.

However, when I read this book I was hoping to gain more of a sense of the places Kuralt visited in the U.S. Of course, the guy traveled the breadth of America over his long television career, and by the time this book came out, perhaps he was a bit weary of trying to describe the land and the mountains and villages.
It's an enjoyable. Sadly, some of the locations in this 1995 book are being eroded by "progress and development." Towards the end of his travels, he quotes a journalism friend: "Regret is the women you could have known.". January in New Orleans where he raves about the best food ever, October in Vermont - the prime season for seeing the leaves, August in Maine...He goes for a hot-air balloon ride and visits a saddle maker in New Mexico. He spends an entire year going to different states, spending a full month in each state he visits. "We rented, I suppose you'd call it a loft in a brownstone in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn," Schell said.

For planning tips, see Planning a Circle Tour. He just hangs around town talking to the old-timers and enjoying the weather. And that's what makes this place different.

In 1994, retired CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt set out to spend a perfect year in America - traveling to his 12 favorite American places, in just the right month for a visit to each.

He stayed in each location for approximately a month and gathered a wealth of stories that he was so good at retelling. Half of my joy at discovering this memoir is that Charles wrote about a number of destinations to which I have already traveled: Booth Bay (Maine), New York City, Key West, New Orleans, Charleston, and Grandfather Mountain (North Carolina). Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc.All rights reserved. "I gave it to my husband as a Christmas present," she said. Somewhat dated, but always enjoyed. He has a way of lifting you up and dropping you off, winding his way through the homes and main streets of America. A person could even do them on weekends: It's a bucket list you could polish off in a year. I was just looking for something a bit different. Charles Kuralt, CBS's folksy "On the Road" correspondent, spent years exploring America's out-of-the-way places in search of oddball stories. Of course I was a tourist who only saw the glossy surface; he spent a month in each, and not only got to know the residents but captured and shared their stories. With his well-known warmth, humor, and insight, he shows them to us now in Charles Kuralt's America.

In early August, the blueberries are ripe on the Keweenaw Peninsula, and you'll likely see bears when you're out picking. What a pleasant journey we had together! What a pleasant journey we had together! Be sure to allot a couple of days to Milwaukee. For example, as an Amazon Associate, C-SPAN earns money from your qualifying purchases. We’d love your help. Please note that questions regarding fulfillment, customer service, privacy policies, or issues relating to your book orders should be directed to the Webmaster or administrator of the specific bookseller's site and are their sole responsibility. I learned about where to find the best shrimp scampi in New Orleans, how to treasure hunt in Key West, the best place to spend an afternoon in colorful Charleston, SC, and what it is like to spend a cozy evening in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a cabin in North Carolina. Here is a traveler who doesn't go to the biggest attraction around before hitting the road. Water parks or waterfalls? By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our, Article details, "Across America with Kuralt a Few of His...", {{filterTypeLookup[searchItem.filterType]}}, {{searchTypeLookup[searchItem.searchType]}}, Primary Sources (Literary and Historical), Full access to this article and over 14 million more from academic journals, magazines, and newspapers, Access to powerful writing and research tools. Refresh and try again. Many people like to rent a cozy cabin or house for Thanksgiving weekend, preferably one with a big wood-burning fireplace and picture windows overlooking the lake. "We read the book and thought how wonderful to do something like that when he retired," Schell said. Play in the snow during Winter Festival on President's Day weekend. After the first weekend, however, the best color is in hardwood forests farther south. For trips by season, see Best of spring, Best of summer, Best of fall and Best of winter. Any lake will do. Go paddling in the Mink River Estuary, bicycle on county roads or Peninsula State Park, tour the lighthouses, hike in two dozen state natural areas and camp on Rock Island State Park.

Mr. Davis talked about the research behind his book, The Five Myths of Television Power, or Why the Medium Is Not the…, The Chief Washington correpondent of the London Sunday Times and author of Special Relationships: A Foreign Correspondent’s…, Kenneth Tomlinson was interviewed about the future of public television and international broadcasting. I learned that I should have hustled my way from mid-sized rags out in the sticks to the big city based on my observational qualities and yen for a nomadic life. Written in 1995 (2 years before he died), this was a picture in time of the year he spent re-visiting placed in America. Beautiful prose and Kuralt knows how to tell a story. His thoughts and experiences in places I've also visited and places I've yet to see were interesting. If I still had young children, though, I'd go to Afterglow in northeast Wisconsin, a family resort where guests get towed up a tubing hill by snowmobile. ", People who enjoy travel, and experiencing different places, cultures, and ways of life. In the worst years, it doesn't freeze at all. Walking paths circle Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. You can swim from the lovely beaches on Madeline Island or even from your kayak as you explore the Apostle Islands or the islands off Rossport in Ontario.

His first year of retirement he chose to travel around the country and spend a month in each of his favorite places. Some states were more interesting than others, but most were pretty dull. In January, Kuralt visited New Orleans. And of course you can always eat your way through. Kuralt just plain liked people, and had a fascinating way of writing about them.

This book was recommended (and loaned) to me by a coworker. Charles Kuralt… "I keep thinking I will find something wonderful just around the bend.". I'm sure there are a lot of readers who loved this book because of his portrayals of people, many of them salt of the Earth sort of folks who can take pride in what they do. I would give it 3.5 stars but pushed it to 4 for reasons of sentimental attachment. He recently spent a month at each of his 12 favorite places Check out a Nice Ride bike and go on a history tour from Fort Snelling to downtown St. Paul, or gawk at the mansions along Summit Avenue, one of the best-preserved Victorian streets in the nation. 2. Cute, compact, accommodating — these are good spots for girlfriend getaways. Artists also have taken up residence along the winding roads of bluff country, and in fall they host studio tours that combine shopping with scenic drives. ", Charleston, South Carolina. The Northeast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour is the first weekend, and the Fall Art Tour through southwest Wisconsin is the third weekend. Mr. Tomlinson…, Ambassador Carlson was interviewed about his recent article in the Weekly Standard about his early career as a gossip…, https://images.c-span.org/Files/3a0/068402-m.jpg, © 2020 National Cable Satellite Corporation. Charles Kuralt talked about his book, "Charles Kuralt's America," published by Putnam Publishing Group. ", April, Connecticut: "The first . but now things are changing, and not in a way that any mountain I'd choose the ones at Maplelag, a one-of-a-kind ski resort in northwest Minnesota that is as beloved for its warmth and hospitality as for its well-groomed trails. Here are the places I'd pick.