Drop the hoop skirt and step away from the juleps. With a booming food scene and a subtropical climate that invites travel year-round, Charleston makes a Southern drawl seem cosmopolitan, from the shaggy East Bay to the snooty Battery.
Bourbon Street. Check. Cafe du Monde. Check. Absinthe with egg. Huh? Hopefully you’ve visited the Big Easy (if only for the beignets). But if you haven’t experienced the under-the-radar gems, it’s time to go back.
It’s the birthplace of the blues; the heart of the South; and chockful of more catfish, music, and charm than you can shake a teaspoon at. A long weekend in the Mississippi Delta will remedy broken hearts, muddy waters, and tangles with hound dogs of all sorts.
Nashville is a mixed bag. There are young musicians and creative types (Jack White, Karen Elson), stiff-collared country clubbers, and Grand Ole Opry die-hards. It beckons with quiet anonymity and Southern hospitality.