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Where the Heart Is: Ian Somerhalder reflects on the allure of his Louisiana parish

Though he has lived in sizable metropoles including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Toronto (where he’s filming his current sci-fi horror series V Wars), nothing comes close to the allure of the tiny towns in southeastern Louisiana that provided the backdrop for his formative years.

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.
Lynn Whitfield

Louisiana Woman: Veteran actress Lynn Whitfield savors a Southern homecoming

As Lady Mae Greenleaf, matriarch of Calvary Church and the scandal-ridden Greenleaf family, Lynn Whitfield frequently steals scenes with an icy glare beneath a perfectly arched eyebrow, or even with an unguarded display of fragility.

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.
New Orleans

Ask the Expert: Where to raise a glass in New Orleans

The Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans. Most of its ingredients, like Herbsaint and Peychaud’s bitters, were either invented in this city or find a home here.
New Orleans School of Cooking

Head to New Orleans for hands-on cooking lessons with the experts

Have you ever tried to make a roux? It sounds easy. Just combine equal parts lard and flour over heat. But it is not easy. I've been stirring twenty minutes, and it's still not the rich, reddish-brown color it's supposed to be.
South Carolina

4 Southeastern lakes that are far from the norm

South Carolina’s Mount Carmel Baptist Church cemetery made its silver-screen debut in 1972’s Deliverance. A year later, it was at the bottom of newly created Lake Jocassee.

Where to Stay: Spotlight on Ace Hotel New Orleans

At this year-old, 234-room hotspot in New Orleans’s burgeoning Warehouse District, God is in the details.

Pack your bags for Natchitoches, Louisiana—a Southern classic

If you wanted to create the quintessential Southern small town, you’d model it after Natchitoches. Just ask Robert Harling, the man behind "Steel Magnolias."

New Orleans: Where to eat, stay, and get some culture in this hot food destination

Now is the time to indulge in New Orleans's booming restaurant scene. If you're planning an easy weekend trip from Atlanta, here's what to eat, where to stay, and where to take in some culture.

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