Nicest Place in the South: April 2016

There’s a little something for everyone in Asheville. Enjoy a cold brew or two? The city boasts over 100 local beers to sip and sample. Hungry? Sit down to any one of dozens of tables offering creative collaborations between local foodies and farmers. Looking for something outdoors? Enjoy limitless hiking, biking, birding, and bears in miles of unspoiled Appalachian countryside. Art? Get lost in the veritable nest of creatives—potters, painters, shutterbugs, and everything in between. Music? Tap your toes to limitless iterations of bluegrass, newgrass, Indie rock, or garage punk—this city’s got you covered.

With all of this wrapped up in the unique amalgam of sleepy mountain charm and new-age spirit, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that there isn’t a soul who can’t find something to love about Asheville, making it—without a doubt—one of the Nicest Places in the South.

Wishing You Were Here: Lookout Mountain in Pictures

Chattanooga, Tennessee

While it lasted, this was undoubtedly one of the best—and craziest—places in the South to get your picture made

Chattanooga and Her Choo Choo

Chattanooga, Tennessee

From first north-south train to first gold record to luxury hotel, the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” has a bigger story than it tells at first listen

See Rock City: The Greatest Ad Campaign in the South

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Between God and his wife, they had come up with a fantastic creation—now all he had to do was figure out how to get folks to come see it

By Air, Land, and Bea’s: Discovering Chattanooga Top to Bottom

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Whether you’re on top of Lookout Mountain, deep below in Ruby Falls Cave, or somewhere delightfully in between, there’s always something to love in Chattanooga

Savor the Scenic City: Best Bites in Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

While you’re taking in the sights and having fun on the run, feed body and soul at these hottest of spots in the ’Noog

Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues

Chattanooga, Tennessee

She was the best. And sang with the best. In part, at least, because she sang those blues from the depths of her soul—about heartache and oppression, poverty and desperation.

Chickamauga: The South’s Greatest Victory—and Missed Opportunity (Part One)

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Battle of Chickamauga could easily have been the turning point of the South’s War for Independence

A Snack Straight Out of the Sky: The Moon Pie

Chattanooga, Tennessee

This iconic Southern snack is crispy, chocolatey, gooey on the inside, and was made just right to fit a miner’s hands and appetite.