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New Southern Style Source: The Porch on South Main

With its wide, inviting front porch, red door, American flag, and clusters of hydrangeas, this circa-1919 white clapboard house looks straight out of Southern Living.

Vanity Fair turned me into a Southern stereotype—and I let them

I was one of nine Southern female authors assembled by Vanity Fair magazine for a photo shoot to accompany an article about us. And there, on the Swan House lawn, was that quirk again, this time in the form of hats.
Blue porch ceiling

Ask the expert: Why are porch ceilings often painted blue?

We asked Hannah Yeo, Benjamin Moore color and design specialist, to explain this Southern tradition.
Watershed on Peachtree

Watershed on Peachtree

I have baggage at Watershed. Left luggage, you might call it. The one local restaurant I really knew before moving here last year was the Decatur Watershed of Scott Peacock, whose quietly vibrant food defined what I thought could be Southern.

Road Trip: The Outer Banks

A trio of barrier islands hugging North Carolina’s Atlantic coast, the Outer Banks was the setting of many historic firsts. Centrally located Roanoke Island was the site of England’s first settlement in the New...

Take Five: Into the Deep

Take the plunge at these unique Southern scuba-diving destinations. Come face-to-face with West Indian manatees, explore the 120-foot-deep lake on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, and marvel at the northernmost coral reef system in the country.

Nashville Night & Day

With so much to see and hear and taste, it’s a good thing Nashville is also known as a town that rises early and stays up late, affording visitors plenty of time to take advantage of the round-the-clock fun.

Rosanne Cash Plays Dockery Farms Benefit Concert on June 6

Dockery Farms, just east of Cleveland, Mississippi, is regarded as the birthplace of the blues. In the late 1800s, Will Dockery bought the former swampland to farm timber; later, he had it drained and...

Tina McElroy Ansa’s Thoughts of Home: The view from out front

I know it is cliche, the wide Southern porch where one is always being served or serving a cool drink on a hot summer day. Well, cliche be damned! For a girl who liked to daydream and read more than she enjoyed running around outside, porches were essential.

Spotlight on Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Life moves as slowly as a Southern drawl at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a plantation-style luxury resort in the South Carolina Lowcountry. I’m torn between not wanting the days to end and wishing night would fall so I’d be that much closer to witnessing another glorious sunrise on the marsh.

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