Nicest Place in the South: April 2017

They say you can’t have it all, but that just shows that “they” must have never been to Charlottesville. Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Virginian gem boasts a music, art, and culinary scene that rivals cities ten times it size, and it offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy them all while they’re still just a few minutes away from soaking in the region’s natural splendor from the keel of a canoe, the sponge-soft shade of the trail, or the tree-skimming basket of a hot air balloon. Rich soil yields ample fruit, ready to be enjoyed fresh, preserved, or fermented in your new favorite vintage, and a rich history yields itself amicably to hours of quiet perusal. There’s nary an itch you can’t scratch here in Charlottesville, and that’s why we think it’s the nicest place in the South.

Natchez on the Bluffs: Coming in First Again and Again

Natchez, Mississippi

You may be surprised how many times Natchez, Mississippi, has come in first throughout her history

Where the Hearth Is: The Historic Homes of Natchez, Mississippi (Part Two)

Natchez, Mississippi

The story of the South doesn’t stop on the porch: behind the graceful curve of column and cornice, these Natchez homes have a story to tell

Where the Hearth Is: The Historic Homes of Natchez, Mississippi (Part One)

Natchez, Mississippi

Today the historic architecture of Natchez on the Mississippi is unsurpassed as a testament to the beauty of bygone plantation culture

Dorian Shores in the Delta: Dunleith Plantation

Natchez, Mississippi

As Greek as Greek revival can possibly go, this Natchez mansion dominates the antebellum plantation scene as much as it did a century and a half ago.

16 of the Prettiest Spots in the South (Part One)

Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia

The first in a three-part series exploring state by state some of the best the South has to offer in pretty places

5 of the Best Drives in the South

Some may get their kicks on Route 66, but those familiar with the Southern U.S. know the South has several routes worthy of a song

16 of the South’s Most Haunted Places: Part Two


There are plenty of creepy corners of the South that will send a chill up your spine, but these are some of the spookiest—enter if you dare!