more about: South

We’ll See You at The State Fair!

It’s not fall in the South without hitting up your local state fair, most of which kick off this month. Southern Living photographer Gary Clark logged dozens of hours capturing the magic of the fair. Here, are some of the insider tips he picked up along the way. We’ll raise a funnel cake to that.

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Happy New Year! These Flowers Say It’s Spring!

You know a good way to get even with somebody up north calling Southerners rednecks? Send them a daffodil picked from your yard on New Year’s Eve and say, “It’s already spring here.” I swear you can hear the scream of anguish 800 miles away. photo: ‘Lady Clare’ camellia

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Out to Dinner, Stop 2: Charleston, SC

(Photo by Jennifer V. Cole) Anyone who has read any of my Tales from the Road posts has surely picked up on a theme. From nostalgic musings on bacon grease to recounting a muddy afternoon spent with feisty pigs in a North Carolina pigsty to my ode to Donald Link’s Cochon restaurant–when it comes to pork, I’m like a kid […]

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TIME Magazine selects its authentic South

Recently, Time Magazine (a publication owned by our parent company) published a story titled, "50 Authentic American Experiences." These huge types of magazine articles always intrigue me. Rarely do I not grab the magazine or click on the story to see what editors spotlight as the best BBQ in Texas, the greatest songwriters of all-time, or America’s favorite beaches. I […]

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American South and West Africa

Wetin na yu nem? Last week, I traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia in west Africa with a non-profit group called Living Water International. Beyond the many poignant interactions, the hopefulness among such great physical need, and daily dirt-road adventures, the trip opened my eyes to the connectedness between the places where I travel for Southern Living and the villages […]

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Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi

(Photos by Jennifer V. Cole and Kathryn Cole) This week, on a twisty stretch of Highway 21 outside Philadelphia, Mississippi, the 119-year-old Neshoba County Fair celebrates the very essence of Southern hospitality (July 25-August 1). I’ve been going since I was 3-months-old, and I can tell you, there’s a reason it’s known as "Mississippi’s Giant House Party." For seven days, […]

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Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans

photos courtesy of Cochon I see a menu with things like "bacon," "pork belly," and "fried pig’s ear," and, friends, I become giddy. I am aware that there are others (bless their hearts) who don’t share this enthusiasm. But I’m a little zealous. So when I recently sat down to lunch at Cochon, chef Donald’s Link’s porcine ode and one […]

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Sazerac Named Official Cocktail of New Orleans

It’s often said that the word "cocktail" originated in New Orleans. That it is derived from the French word coquetier, an egg cup that was used to serve spirited beverages in the Crescent City in the early 19th century. Whether New Orleans is the official home to the "cocktail" or not, a visit to NOLA (as the city’s affectionately called) […]

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Beach Week Day 3: Gulf Shores, Alabama

(Photo courtesy of Fleur Design via Flickr) I’ve been going to Gulf Shores, Alabama, since the early 70s, and I still love it as much as I did when I was a kid wearing floaties. Now I’ve got kids of my own, and the reasons for that affection are the same. While other beaches offer better shopping, more sophisticated dining, […]

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Beach Week Coming This Monday

(Photo by Scott Wiseman for Southern Living) The beach is where many Southerners go to disappear, to unwind, to play, to be a family. In many houses, “the beach” means more than just any sandy stretch of coast. It means one particular beachtown, that one special locale, whether grandfather’s seaside condo or the old palmetto house rented the same June […]

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