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BY MYSCHA THERIAULT
McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Here are a handful of ways you can begin to explore the worlds of your favorite authors and books.
Homes: Hill Top, the historic farmhouse that was once home to famed children's author Beatrix Potter, is open to public visitation by fans of her work. Located in England's Lake District National Park, this time capsule of the author's life includes a children's garden trail and several rooms decorated with Potter's actual belongings. Entry tickets max out at roughly $13, according to the National Historic Trust site. Go by foot, train, bike, bus.
Visitors to Atlanta may visit the Margaret Mitchell House, where she penned "Gone With the Wind." Tours are available daily, for $13. That amount will also get you into Ernest Hemingway's former home in Key West, and a chance to interact with descendants of his six-toed cat.
Hangouts: Hemingway also spent time in Petoskey, Mich., during his younger years, and recuperated from his war injuries there later on. Free walking tour maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce featuring many of his old hangouts, including Jesperson's Restaurant and Pie Shop where tourists can still sit on the author's favored counter stool and order a slice of home-baked goodness. A detailed exhibit of Ernest's connection to the state of Michigan can be viewed at the town's Little Traverse History Museum for an entrance fee of $3.
Festivals: Travelers who are interested in writing, or simply interacting with current popular writers can use literary festivals for an intellectual getaway. The destinations provide additional activities and attractions to round out your experience. For example, the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Scotland comes with access to the national museum, Edinburgh Castle and the various historical sites along the city's famous Royal Mile.