Nicest Place in the South: November 2014

Virginia may have led America in throwing off her kings, but the Dominion State has no problem providing a municipal monarch of beauty: Staunton (pronounced “STANT’n”), Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley.

Crowned by some of the most well-preserved architecture in the South, Staunton is the perfect setting for:

• Period performances in the world’s first reproduction of Shakespeare’s original theater
• Summers filled with music festivals galore—including a 150-year-old Stonewall Brigade Band
• Restaurants teeming with the best of Shenandoah Valley’s local-farm food offerings
• History recounting hometown heroes from Stonewall Jackson to Woodrow Wilson

Join us throughout the month as we celebrate November’s Nicest Place in the South: picturesque Staunton, Virginia.



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.