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This standout side dish from Alabama restaurant Helen embodies the flavors of summer

The smell of rib-eye steaks sizzling on an indoor grill brings Rob McDaniel right back to his grandmother’s house in Oneonta, Alabama. His vivid memories of her cooking inspired him to become a chef, and now his downtown Birmingham restaurant, named Helen in her honor, is garnering national accolades for its Southern-inspired cuisine.

5 spectacular light shows courtesy of Mother Nature

Thanks to its next-to-nonexistent level of light pollution, this remote park at the entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places in the country to stargaze.

Chef Spotlight: Joe Truex of Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama

Known by many for Repast, his celebrated (and sorely missed) Atlanta restaurant, Joe Truex is now executive chef at Pursell Farms, a 3,200-acre resort in Sylacauga, Alabama, featuring an inn, cottages, an 18-hole golf course, and three restaurants.
Elizabeth Ingram and Alton Brown lake house

Inside Elizabeth Ingram and Alton Brown’s Alabama lake house

An intentionally minimalist lake house allows this high-profile couple to hang out in one big room—with a gorgeous view all around.

5 celebrated charter captains share the local seafood spots that lure them back to land

Reel experts share their favorite places to eat fresh seafood.

Our Favorite Things: 99 of our top spots in the South

Since Southbound debuted in 2013, our staff and contributors have logged thousands of miles, consumed millions of calories, and taken countless notes and photos to showcase the very best destinations around the region. Although every place we’ve covered is special, some left a particularly powerful impression. Here, we give you the best of the very best, our favorite spots in the South.

Weekend Getaway: Craft culture has spawned new urban playgrounds in Huntsville, Alabama

The city has a well-earned reputation as a science wonderland, a place where a Saturn V rocket lords over the skyline like Huntsville’s Eiffel Tower. But if you think this city of 195,000 is simply a place to marvel at spaceships, hold on.
Water wars

For Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, whiskey is for drinking—water is for fighting

For nearly 30 years, Georgia and two of its neighbors have fought in court over how water from Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona gets divvied up among the three states. Tensions remain at a rolling boil.

Where to Stay: The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama

I’d long been curious about the Grand Hotel. My husband visited as a boy and has fond memories of it. One story in particular stands out.

Secret Beaches of the South

In the South, there’s plenty of shoreline to satisfy that deep yearning, but some Southern beaches are more tucked-away than others. In fact, that’s part of their charm. We’ve tracked down some of these hidden gems, and we think you’ll agree they were well worth the search.

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