We have found that many travel sites, while attempting to capture the unique character or history of a location or landmark, often end up scattershot. They lack direction; they lack purpose; they lack continuity. Perhaps most importantly, they fail to capture the sense of identity that shapes the places they highlight.
As lovers of all things Southern, we set out to change that. We want to give Southerners — and visitors to the South — an authentic sense of place, purpose, and personality. We want to share what binds our region together, from food and drink to entertainment and culture, while also highlighting unique stories within the broader region. There is no shortage of Southern stereotypes, but we’re not about those — we want to reveal the layered, nuanced character of the people, places, and culture that make up our cozy corner of the U.S.
In short, we aim to capture the heart and soul of the South and Southeast.
Who are the writers?
In order to effectively showcase the colorful tapestry of Southern life and culture, we’ll be utilizing writing talents from across the web. That said, three of us helm the South to Southeast title:
Ally is a city girl, but loved her family’s mountain escapes growing up. Fond memories of hiking, camping, and sleeping under Appalachian skies always bring a smile to her lips. Of course, so does the excitement of the urban hustle, especially the food and music scenes of the Southeast. These days, Ally is just as likely to be gigging in Asheville or Memphis as she is tubing down the James. A culture writer at heart, Ally focuses her work on the South’s most interesting myths, legends, personalities, and stories.
Eli is not a Southern native, exactly, but he has deep Southern roots. He remembers clam bakes in Alabama (corn was his favorite part), motorcycle parades, and street corner jazz sessions in Montgomery. These days, he zips all over the world as a travel writer, but has always had a special place in his heart for the people and places of the South.
A coastal boy, Will grew up with sand between his toes. Raised in a quintessential waterfront home (the kind with a half-dozen bay windows, a wrap-around porch, and a porthole in his bedroom), he will do anything that involves the ocean. Lately, he’s been teaching himself how to fly fish and expertly fillet an Amberjack. He regularly writes about the experience of coastal living for regional and national publications.