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Where to Stay: Anchorage 1770 in Beaufort, South Carolina

Spared by Sherman’s troops during the Civil War, Beaufort is among the South’s most well-preserved cities. Think quiet streets lined with antebellum homes painted in soft pastels, centuries-old oaks draped with Spanish moss, and historic churches set among residences and businesses.

Pimento Cheese, Please: The Southern snack with not-so-Southern beginnings

If you think pimento cheese is undeniably Southern—well, you’re wrong. According to expert Emily Wallace, who penned her thesis on the spread’s history, the “pâté of the South” was actually invented in New York in the early twentieth century.

Where to Stay: Planters Inn in Charleston

Stepping off bustling North Market Street into the Planters Inn is like stumbling upon your own secret oasis. The immediate calm of the elegant lobby is merely a precursor to the tranquility of the garden courtyard, where, enchanted amid the lush greenery, you are likely to forget you have a hotel suite waiting to be explored.

On Location: Visit the sets of 5 movies filmed in the South

Venture into the dystopian community of District 12, childhood home of The Hunger Games’ main character, Katniss Everdeen, at Hickory’s Henry River Mill Village.

Not Just a Nut: 9 things you may not know about pecans

With a harvest season that runs from late September through November, pecans are an essential element of fall spreads, from pecan pie to pecan-flecked sweet potato casserole.
Vollis Simpson

5 fantastic folk art destinations in the South

Despite having only a sixth-grade education, Howard Finster became a preacher at age sixteen and dedicated his life to spreading the gospel. In 1976, more than four decades after his ordination, he said he received a vision from God to create 5,000 sacred works of art; by his death in 2001, he’d completed nearly 47,000.
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Flying High: A birding expert shares tips on how to plan an avian adventure on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Why the island is great for birding, which birds you'll see, and advice for those who have never gone birding a day in their life.
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Vintage Vacations: The Southeast’s most legendary and long-standing attractions

Long before a mouse named Mickey showed up in central Florida, the South was dotted with roadside attractions and family-owned amusements. Rock formations, natural springs, botanical gardens, and menageries of animals were the mainstays of vacation fun.
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Kiss My Grits: A closer look at the beloved Southern dish

Whether served under savory shrimp, covered with cheese, or topped with a bit of sugar and butter, this kitchen staple has stood the test of time as a filling and flavorful favorite for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Tabasco Sauce: 7 things you didn’t know about the classic condiment

Tabasco sauce isn’t just a Southern staple; it’s beloved the world over and has been a mainstay on tables and countertops for 150 years.

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