Nicest Places in the South: May 2017

They say that with age comes wisdom, and when you’re the oldest town in Texas, well, you’ve learned to get a few things right. How to perfectly round up and spread out Mother Nature’s seasonal display in public parks and gardens, for instance. Or how to take a few hundred wild years of history—Nacogdoches has sat under nine different flags—and package them up neatly enough for a visitor to enjoy a pleasant afternoon. How to balance small-town charm, big-city entertainment, and world-class hospitality, and present it all with a broad and easy Texan grin. That’s why we believe—and we think you’ll agree—Nacogdoches is one of the Nicest Places in the South.



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.