This Is My South
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
There's so much more than Civil War and fried chicken to the Southern USA. It has a deep culinary history that has influenced the cuisines of the rest of the country. There are homes dating back to the 1800s and even modern skylines standing next to them. Read more at thisismysouth.com.
700 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
This boutique hotel doubles as a contemporary art museum. Founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson wanted somewhere to store their growing art collection while helping revitalize downtown Louisville, so they opened a hotel with rotating public...
416 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219, USA
This city is a new destination for food pilgrims. At Pasture (shown above), nibble from small plates of creamy pimento cheese on Ritz crackers; at the Roosevelt, try the rutabaga gratin with peanut sauce; then pick up some Rappahannock River...
1309 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
Smartmouth brewery is the newest addition to Virginia's craft beer scene, and is quickly drawing a local following. Offerings include their 3 flagship varieties: Murphy's Law Amber Ale, Alter Ego Saison, Rule G IPA, as well as a rotation of season...
2252 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, USA
Set in the bucolic farmland of Virginia Beach minutes from several beaches the Country Villa Bed and Breakfast is a great respite away from the crowds on the boardwalk. On your way to the inn you'll pass horse farms and rows of strawberries and...
227 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
We popped into the Whiskey Jar on a late Thursday evening, drawn in by the bluesy tunes pouring out the door. A brick wall lined with bottles faces the bar. Over ninety brands of whiskey spanning the sublime (Jefferson Reserve bourbon) to the...
101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835, USA
The Luray Caverns are located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This US National Landmark offers a mile-long guided tour that will take you more than 300 feet underground, viewing stalagmites and stalagtites, formed by seeping...
9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102, USA
Just a few short miles off of the Capital Beltway, nestled along a winding wooded road, Great Falls National Park is a nearby haven for nature-seeking Washingtonians. Here, the Potomac River floods into the Mather Gorge, creating breathtaking...
2 E Walnut St, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
As the name implies, Grape + Bean is a local favorite for those looking to purchase quality wine and coffee. Both its Alexandria locations also sell a premium selection of beers, teas, specialty beverages, and gourmet snacks. The stores have an...
800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Teaism is a collection of D.C. restaurants that serves a variety of high-quality teas and tasty fare with an Asian twist. The menu offers dishes that cater to all types of diets: omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. The newest and largest...
Mt Vernon, VA, USA
Frequently visited by many tourists to the D.C. area, I wanted to come here as an adult. Having grown up in D.C., you often take for granted the historical sites that are only a short drive away. Now that I live in Florida, and with a more mature...
1601 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
On a quiet corner of Richmond, across from a park and among hundred-year-old homes, sits Virginia's own piece of bustling Havana, Kuba Kuba. World famous for their Tres Leche cake, my favorite time to stop in is for brunch on the weekend. The...
309 Middle St, Washington, VA 22747, USA
A pastiche of vibrant prints and Chinese porcelain decorates the dramatic guest room of this English-style manor in rural Virginia, designed by a London stage and set designer. In the dining room, Chef Patrick O’Connell serves dishes based on...
Melrose Montebello Pkwy, Natchez, MS 39120, USA
Traveling through the Southern United States has shown me how much history I've been missing out on. I had no clue Natchez, Mississippi had a good set of antebellum homes, one of which is Melrose that is run by the National Park Service. The...
Cleveland, MS, MS, USA
Ever since watching The Color Purple, I've always been fascinated by the juke joint. Currently attending some training in the Mississippi Delta, I had the opportunity to check out the regions oldest (so they say) juke joint. Owned and run by...
118 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
At the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis,TN, every morning, 5 ducks (North American mallards) clamber down from their rooftop Royal Duck Palace. They ride the elevator down several flights to the lobby floor. Accompanied by the Duck...
231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
Opening in 1910 as a hotel, this Beaux-Arts gem was home for weeks to both sides of the women’s sufferage movement when they descended on the hotel in 1920 to lobby Tennessee lawmakers, who cast the necessary vote to ratify the 19th amendment. The...
2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716, USA
I'd gone purely for the music. Each autumn the Museum of Appalachia hopes the three-day Tennessee Fall Homecoming, a festival that showcases bluegrass and old-time - and mountain crafts. After tasting a little donkey-milled sorghum (sweet, odd...
222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Rhinestones, tassels, boots so pointy they'd make toes bleed...what more could you expect from Nashville's monument to the music that made it famous? Well, plenty more, as it turns out. The Hall of Fame contains some seriously impressive artifacts...
Newfound Gap, Tennessee 37738, USA
Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee is a tease for the outdoors-lover who enjoys experiencing the land by foot. Lucky for you, the Appalachian Trail intersects US Hwy 441/71 at Newfound Gap where you can...
Crossville, TN 38571, USA
About twenty years ago, landscaper Horace Burgess felt a call from God to build the world's largest tree house. I can't say that what he built is the world's largest, but it's definitely impressive. The house is built around half a dozen trees and...
Wilmington, NC 28401, USA
Taking a boat cruise along the famous Cape Fear River is a great way to spend a few hours in Wilmington, any time of the year. You'll see wildlife and city life, along with a WWII battleship, along it's banks. This area has a long history going...
2501 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA
Krazy Fish is a unique and fun Plaza Midwood neighborhood restaurant in Charlotte. The focus is on seafood and spice and the global menu includes a multitude of tacos, roti, sandwiches and salads as well as entrees like fried seafood platters and...
1000 John Rogers Dr, Birmingham, AL 35235, USA
We adopted two greyhounds. The rescue agency arranged a field trip to the track where one of our greyhounds raced to give us an idea what her life was like while racing. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but when you get to the track and see these...
Greensboro, AL 36744, USA
I've taken a lot of photos of my food while traveling, & I've saved my favorite Catch! Delicious entry for last! I'm so proud to say that I only have to travel about an hour to enjoy this highlight, proving that the best places sometimes aren't...
2555 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena Island, SC 29920, USA
This beachfront state park features camping spaces, trails, ample fishing spots, and a functional lighthouse. Bike rentals are also available just before the bridge onto the island. Pack a picnic lunch and beach chairs if you visit for the day. On...
809 Port Republic St, Beaufort, SC 29902, USA
Situated two blocks back from the waterfront, nestled in among hundred year old houses, eclectic shops and restaurants, the Beaufort Inn is the perfect base for your lowcountry exploration. You literally can walk all of downtown Beaufort by...
505 Railroad Ave #100, North Augusta, SC 29841, USA
By all means, eat some grits 'n' greens down South...but don't fall into the trap of thinking that all local food is fried when traveling in the region. Check out Manuel's--one of the culinary highlights along the Savannah River in Hammond's...
711 Sandtown Rd, Savannah, GA 31410, USA
When you visit Savannah, people often recommend the restaurants, tours, and shopping areas. What people often neglect to inform travelers about is all the natural wildlife that is abundant in the Savannah area, including the dolphin tours, the...
1335, 1073 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605, USA
Hugh Acheson is a name you might now know. Until a year ago, few outside Athens did. Hugh opened Five & Ten years ago, a Canadian cooking Southern-inspired cuisine. It was a hit. He won best restaurant in Atlanta despite being 60 miles northeast...
199 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
Athens is your typical college town. We have a huge campus, 35,000 rowdy students looking to experience all that college offers, and a downtown bar scene just off that campus ready and willing to accommodate them. That was great when I was in law...
102 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
Celebrity chef Paula Deen's famed restaurant, The Lady and Sons, has become a landmark in beautiful downtown Savannah. Located at the corner of Whitaker and Congress Streets, the restaurant has become a must-do for foodies wanting a taste of some...
8400 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. You can eat other things at Loveless Cafe, but if you don't try the flaky buttery biscuits, you're missing out. Carol Fay Ellison started at Loveless as a dishwasher in 1979. She graduated to the stove a...
215 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
The Georgia Theatre is an Athens classic, hosting concerts for decades. However, until recently, your feet stuck to the floor and you were afraid to go upstairs. Then, two years ago, Athens awoke to its downtown landmark engulfed in flames. It was...
6 Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
Nothing makes me happier than stumbling upon a really great bookstore, and this one in Savannah takes the cake! While strolling down East Liberty Street in gorgeous Savannah—my favorite of all the beautiful Southern cities—my husband...
14 Campbell Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011, USA
Every time we visit family in Floyd county just south of Roanoke, we live to head into Roanoke for Sunday Brunch at Metro. This Bourbon French Toast was simply to-die-for, as was the crab cake benedict and croque madame! We've also been there for...
12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Walking in to Tupelo Honey Cafe, after you've waited in line for a coveted table, you may not immediately know what makes it different from the usual restaurant serving traditional Southern fare. Head chef Brian Sonoskus has broken away from...
13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Rock a few plates of tapas and don't forget to pull back an Eclipse de Luna - a moonshine-based cocktail - and a few slices of jamon iberico. They are unlikely pairs, but so worth one of the top dining adventures in Asheville, NC.
113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601, USA
Buffalo Trace offers a distillery tour that winds through various old buildings, including one stacked high with aging bourbon barrels and another (shown) filled with bottling equipment. The grounds are scenic and good for a walk or a seat on the...
3300 Evans to Locks Rd, Martinez, GA 30907, Martinez, GA 30907, USA
Trees by the river, draped in Spanish Moss--never gets old; each time I visit Georgia, my favorite place to go for a run is on the trails between the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal--this is an ecological convergence zone, where the...
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