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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 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.

Lakeside Retreat: Novelist Susan Rebecca White’s highs and lows on a mountain lake in the Smokies

"On that night, under that starlit sky, the sound of the water lapping against the dock, I felt a prescient sense of peace."

How to let the good times roll at Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama

"Mobile’s Carnival is approachable. It’s very family-friendly. Also, the parade floats and costume designs change each year. That’s something special."

Historic hospitality and timeless charm intersect on Columbus, Mississippi’s Main and Fifth Streets

“I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Among the most memorable lines penned by Southern playwright Tennessee Williams, it also expresses the reception visitors may expect when touring his birthplace of Columbus, Mississippi.

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