There’s something magical about the South in early Autumn. While the heat and humidity retreat, a cool warmth beckons you outdoors. It’s a land with a bounty of nature, culture and soul, from the music-paved streets of New Orleans to weeping willows of Savannah to the pink deserts of Marfa.
Whether you can drive or hop a plane, be it now or later, the South is waiting, ready to enchant and cast its spell.
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Whimsical renovations and cultural creativity, rooted in a local spirit and with reverence for place, captures the soul of some of our favorite Southern hideaways. Artisans, makers and designers bring lashings of creativity to reimagined spaces. At The Drayton Hotel in Savannah, poppy colors and views of the river captures the neighborhood’s storied past and its groovy present. The Noelle in Nashville sits inside an Art Deco building, boasting original crown moldings, marble encasements and giant arching windows that are both rooted in history yet somehow very today. And at the Austin Proper Hotel, crafted ceramics and objet d’arts nod to the hotel’s place as a buzzing hub of local cultural creativity. Take it all in. This is the new Southern hospitality.
Some foods have the power to evoke a place, a moment, a memory. In the South, food embodies its soul, from barbeque to biscuits, oysters to sweet tea. And then there are po’boys.
Head off the tourist path in New Orleans, towards the river and beeline to Parkway Bakery. Take in the Surf & Turf po'boy with popping Gulf shrimp. If there ever was a sandwich worth traveling for, this is it.
Going to Dallas? Biscuits with honey butter and preserve are a must. At Ida Claire, hot biscuits are rolled and cooked by one designated lady at the end of the kitchen line, every hour the restaurant is open. Tall, fluffy, hot and unreal. Order the board of 6.
In Savannah, retro hotspot, The Grey, is one of the best in town. With a nod to the old Greyhound bus station that houses the restaurant, local Chef Mashama Bailey puts her Georgia roots on display. Come explore. And come hungry.
Storied neighborhoods and up-and-coming hideaways pepper the South, with local makers and artisan boutiques that nod to the uniqueness of each place. Stroll the streets of Starland in Savannah, popping in to antique shops, breweries and coffee spots -- all independent, many Black-owned. In Nashville, take in the vinyls at Jack White’s Third Man Records, the contemporary design of locally-owned Wilder, and a curated boutique featuring Nashville’s best designers tucked in to The Noelle. Check-in on hours before stopping by, as stores continue to find their footing post-pandemic. But visit, and visit often -- now’s the time to support local.
As Autumn settles in and the pandemic beats on, the outdoors beckon. Luckily, you’re in the South. In Austin, there are no shortage of trails that instantly connect the urban adventurer to the outdoorsman. A day in the Enchanted State Park promises magic, with light and shadows bouncing off pink granite and striking rock formations (check hours, reservations are required). In Marfa, take in the town’s celebrated art scene with a self-guided, exclusively-outdoor walking tour at contemporary art museum, The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati (reserve in advance). Closer to Dallas and nearby the secluded cabins at Getaway in Piney Woods is Ratcliffe Lake, a park that generously unfolds lakes, hills and forests with crimson leaves. Get outdoors, reconnect and revitalize.
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