31 Reasons

I’ve had the most relaxing Saturday morning!

I woke up pretty early and ate these with vengeance:


Oatmeal pancakes with mashed banana and almond butter. Might be my new favorite “at home” breakfast.

For some reason, I felt very nostalgic for the South this morning. Yesterday I had some guests at The Wine Center from the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia, and their soft Southern accents totally set me off.



Reasons why I love the South (feel free to add on):

  1. The word “y’all”
  2. The dress code of rainbow flip flops with sundresses for every occasion
  4. The way boys drive trucks
  5. Boys with trucks
  6. Sweet tea in cold glasses
  7. Porch swings
  8. The way all holidays include floating in a river with a beer
  9. Church on Sundays
  10. Fried chicken on Sundays
  11. Biscuits with your chicken
  12. Honey on your biscuit
  13. Gravy on the side
  14. Your mama
  15. Mud on your tires
  16. Cowgirl boots
  17. Pecan pie
  18. Family traditions
  19. Horse racing
  20. The way every road trip ends at a Cracker Barrel
  21. Chicken and dumplins’ from Cracker Barrel
  22. 80 degrees in December
  23. You’re never the only one sweating
  24. Flip flop tan lines
  25. Hurricane parties
  26. Humidity (just kidding)
  27. Walking the beach in January
  28. Laying out at the beach in February
  29. Ghost stories
  30. Neat old bridges
  31. Magnolia trees


Winner of the California Wine Festival tickets is comment number 117, Tracey Pollack! Tracey, please email me and I’ll put you in touch with my contact. Congrats!

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  • Andrea
    June 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I try to explain to my NYCity friends that I’ve got a thing for boys and their trucks, they just never understand. Glad I’m not the only lady that feels this way 😉

  • Bianca King
    June 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

    How fun! I love the South, and even though I am from the mid-west, a lot of these overlap! Are you from the South?

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 26, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I only went to the south ONCE in my entire life, but I can see why you would love it so much. 😀

    Those pics are gorgeous by the way!

  • Kaz
    June 26, 2010 at 9:49 am

    You just made me so homesick. =P I’m a Southern girl at heart, and I’m stuck in California, too. Bah! I’d choose the South any day!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick R
    June 26, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Ha, I like the sound of the south!! I’ve never been before – but I think the accents are great:D actually, I like all American accents….
    Have a great day:)

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    June 26, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I love the 31 reasons and I need to get down, southern style 😉 Never been, but now I must!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    June 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I miss thunderstorms so far in the distance that you never hear the thunder, but only see the lightening. And I miss warm nights with cricket and frog noises. Oh, and the pools in everyone’s backyard. And boiled peanut stands. ;-( I’m home sick now.

  • Dorry
    June 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I love your list of the South! I’m a Texas girl and although I love to travel, there’s no place like the South!! Come visit 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I’d love to travel South for ALL of those reasons!

  • Carrie @ TV and Dinners
    June 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I love the South! I have to add one of my favorite things: that everyone greets you with a hello and a smile, even if you are a stranger. 🙂

    • nicole
      June 26, 2010 at 11:37 am

      haha i am from the bronx and this has ALWAYS creeped me out! we are nice people up in NYC but we dont randomly say hi to everyone, so to this day i am always caught off guard by this. i think its cute that its normal down there though

  • Emily
    June 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I’ll add
    1) Big drinks from the Sonic
    2) wild sunflowers
    3) making homemade plum/blackberry/pepper jelly

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    June 26, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I kind of wish I’d chosen to go to the south for college. I seriously considered several schools, and I just love how sweet and polite everyone is down there!

  • Jordy
    June 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Playing the song “Big Green Tractor” at prom. So romantic. 😉

  • Lola
    June 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

    As a transplanted Austin-raised Texas Aggie living in Madrid, I can say that I.CAN.RELATE. I misssss:
    -tailgating/day parties
    -spending all day on lake
    -dressing casuallyyyy
    -tex-mex and bbq
    -losing my wallet, keys, cell phone, etc…and OBVIOUSLY whoever finds said items goes out of there way to make sure they are returned to their rightful owner…

  • Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries
    June 26, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I live in the South and I loved every item on your list! I would also add GRITS. 🙂

    P.S. I’m making your lentil walnut loaf tonight!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    June 26, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit the south! I’m trying to convince some friends to go on a road trip with me!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit!
    June 26, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Your list makes me crave a Cracker Barrel Pecan Roll!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    June 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I’m somewhat appalled that the Cracker Barrell’s chicken n’ dumplings are on your list. It should be homemade chicken n’ dumplings! Nothing better! 🙂

  • Michele
    June 26, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I would definitely add Spanish moss hanging lazily from old, oak trees. I love walking down a tree-lined street with a canopy of oak branches draped with Spanish moss. Gorgeous!!!

  • eatmovelove
    June 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I love how alot of the reasons have to do with food!

    Must get me to the South I thinks! 🙂

  • Maria
    June 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Ah, how I love this post!
    Long time lurker, first time poster here…I grew up in Virginia (in CA now) and the best thing about the South: taking long drives on endless country roads with the windows down and the radio blaring (country music of course). Also, when you do pass someone on these said roads, they ALWAYS give a small wave or nod, whether they know you or not. Heart melts.

  • lindsey
    June 26, 2010 at 10:23 am

    i’m from NC, and these are all so true 🙂

    ♥ lindsey

  • Sarah
    June 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

    -bradford pear trees, dogwood, and magnolia trees (I think magnolia trees were already on your list)
    -softball in the park on weeknights during the summer
    -chess pie
    -wading in the creeks

  • Amanda
    June 26, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Two words…..southern hospitality! 🙂

  • Wendy
    June 26, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’m born and raised in North Carolina and never want to call anywhere else home. My family has been here for many generations. I have some of the oldest mountains 3 hours west and the best beaches 3 hours east. What more could you want!!!
    I love how I can strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere, about anything. “Southern hospitality” is a very real and wonderful thing.
    Oh yeah and biscuits… Mmmm biscuits!!!

  • lucianna
    June 26, 2010 at 10:35 am

    LOVE THIS LIST!! real, good barbecue, cornbread, more than one country station on the radio, southern hospitality! i’m from the pacific northwest but i swear i was born in the wrong place! everytime i go south i fall in love again. can’t wait to move down there!

  • Andrea @ Sweet N Green
    June 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Your list makes me want to move down South! I love chicken n dumplins’ from Cracker Barrel! Also, boys with trucks 😉

  • CalliNae
    June 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

    It’s so funny. All those things are things I, in general, miss about the US. I find myself longing for hot summer and our general noisy, exuberant ways. I met a wife and husband from Texas yesterday at Wimbledon (On their 11th anniversary wedding trip!) and made me all nostalgic.

    Guess we all miss home 😉

  • Kristin
    June 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

    You forgot some of the most important

    *buying wine at walgreens
    *buying beer at a drive through window
    *slush puppies
    *shooting shot guns off of the front porch for any reason to celebrate
    *saying gator instead of alligator
    *publix dinner rolls
    *flying kites on the beach
    *going barefoot

    Who’s with me here!?

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    June 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Enjoying a walk in the rain in December.

    Chatting with a store clerk.

    Friendly neighbors.

    Waffle House!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    June 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Aww, such a sweet list. Do you get to visit anytime soon?

    If not, I’d be happy to make you a pecan pie : ) I have an excellent recipe.

    Oh, and I definitely think I’ve been spelling y’all/ya’ll wrong this entire time…

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances
    June 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

    My favorite one that you listed: “The way every road trip ends at a Cracker Barrel” – so true! I will add…
    – fried okra
    – hanging out at Wal-Mart and actually having fun
    – it’s not weird to make eye-contact with strangers

  • Tracey Pollack
    June 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Wow, wow, wow, I can’t believe I won such a fabulous prize! Thank you so much, Jenna!!!
    I just emailed my info to you at That’s the only email address I could find on the blog, but please let me now if that’s the wrong one and I’ll resend it! Wow, I can’t wait for the festival – thank you!!!

  • Sandy
    June 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

    chicken fried steak
    Texas BBQ brisket
    sundresses for all occasions
    crepe myrtle trees in bloom
    live oaks

  • Cate
    June 26, 2010 at 11:11 am

    My dad would add divinity, and my mom would add fried green tomatoes, but I must agree with some of the other comments, both grits (oven-baked with cheese or in shrimp and grits) and the Spanish moss must be on the list!

  • Lisa
    June 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

    As a Georgia girl I love the list…and it could go on and on! (:
    biting into a peach so fresh the juice runs down your arm;
    grandmama’s cornbread hot from the oven;
    homemade ice cream;
    the way the hot pavement smells after a summer shower;
    people waving as you drive past even though you don’t know them;
    summer banks covered in flowering thrift;
    cicadas buzz buzz buzzing
    mama and daddy
    4th of July fireworks over the lake
    the smell of Coppertone

    • Anna M
      June 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      I live in Memphis, TN and we JUST had a summer afternoon thunderstorm….the smell, the steam, the sunshine and rain at the same time…love it every time. 🙂
      Also, garden tomato sandwiches on white bread, drinking out of mason jars, fried catfish, the lake every weekend, mimosas on every holiday, bbq, cast iron cornbread and beans that cooked all night!

      • Morgan
        June 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm

        32. Grits
        33. boys that have proper manners…hearing them say “yes ma’am” makes me swoon
        34. I want to second tomato sandwiches. Need one now.
        35. Banana sandwiches
        36. “White” gravy
        37. The way you feel in the summer, it’s like the humidity and heat hug you
        39. Going to “the lake”
        40. Everything can be turned into a party and everyone wants to help do something

        • Morgan
          June 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm

          And how could I forget the best vegetable in the world!

          FRIED OKRA!

      • Morgan
        June 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

        42. Seersucker.

        • Morgan
          June 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

          I keep remembering more.
          43. Saying “fixin’ to”
          44. Cast iron skillet cornbread (I swear northerners cannot make biscuits or cornbread to save their lives)

        • Morgan
          June 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

          45. “tell your momma I said hello”
          46. girls and their daddies

  • Helen
    June 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Even though I am from England, if I had to choose a place in America to live it would be the south. I love the accent, traditions and easy way of life. And your list has just sold it to me even more!

  • Help Meghan Run
    June 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

    1) Boys in cowboy boots 🙂
    2) Southern hospitality
    3) Summer rainstorms when it’s sunny and thundering

    Ah, I love living in the South.

  • Ann @ Appalachian Appetites
    June 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

    This post makes me SO HAPPY! Thank you 🙂

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    -Dogwoods in bloom. The only place I’ve seen these in California is the mountains. In North Carolina when I was working on a Duke University project they were everywhere! Awesome!

    -In St. Petersburg, Fl had fried ice cream (weird and never again) and key lime pie for the first and only time. The later was good–just don’t see that in California.

    -Loved the dripping moss from the trees-gorgeous.

    -I do like that soft way of speaking. And the Worth Ave. Palm Beach, all white summer clothes/tan kind of style. It’s an attractive look whether 8 or 88. Grannies look really healthy, happy, active, and cute there.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    June 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Boys in boots….ah swoon! And I second honey on buscuits and honey on chicken fingers! Ah a real classic!

  • Kristin T
    June 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Check out this embarrassingly easy recipe for oatmeal waffles – I bet it could be made into pancakes also! i froze the leftovers, and they crisp up perfectly in a toaster oven. Add some banana and PB? forrrrr the win. BUT, I gotta say, a regular bowl of oatmeal lasts me longer than one of these waffles – it doesn’t make any sense!!

  • Keri
    June 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I’m a Southern gal, too! Here are a few of my add-ons:

    * The one finger wave from other drivers

    * Warm peach cobbler with cold ice cream

    * Lightning bugs on hot, summer nights

  • Monique@She's Going The Distance
    June 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Those pancakes look awesome 🙂

    I’ve never really been to the South before, but you paint it favorably 🙂 Makes me kind of want to go soon! Well, maybe during college football season.

  • Meredith @ An Epic Change
    June 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I’m from VA and my mom lives in the Blue Ridge mountains 🙂 It is pretty beautiful there and your reasons for loving the south are perfect. I’m moving to TX soon, so I’m wondering how much is going to change and how much will be the same?!

  • jenna
    June 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    must try those pancakes asap!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble
    June 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I have days when I really miss the south too! There’s something about BBQ and mint juleps other parts of the country will never understand!

  • Sara @
    June 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    As boring as I find college football, I have to say I love tailgating, and UGA fans are THE tailgating champions.

    I love Athens, I love Chikfila, I love summer thunderstorms, I love the history…

    I can’t imagine not living here, as much as I poke fun at it sometimes. Thanks for reminding me of why I love GA 🙂

  • Amy
    June 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    The smell of gardenias and jasmine.
    Boys’ rears in a pair of tight Wranglers.

  • Kerri Beth
    June 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Don’t forget fried okra!

  • Brittany
    June 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Aww I totally agree with your list! I’m from Southeast VA so I know all about the South…its amazing how drastically people’s personalities change from being “Southern” to being more “Northern” right at the state capital line in Richmond! haha

  • Courtney
    June 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Ahh the South – I never realized how much I loved it until I moved away for the first time. There’s something to say about southern hospitality, entire Saturdays devoted to college football…followed by entire Sundays devoted to church, family, and FOOD, and I love the luxury of wearing flip flops all year long.

  • Amy
    June 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm


  • Traci
    June 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    So this is my first post – thank you for your list! I think my favorite thing you listed is hurricane parties – are they great or what?! I’m from Texas, lived in Louisiana for college, and now back in Texas. I want to travel everywhere, but I think I’d like to always live somewhere in the South. And I totally have flip flop tan lines by the way. Also add to the list:
    -crawfish boils
    -saying “yes sir” and “yes ma’am”
    -being able to lay in the warm sun for most of the year
    -everyone doing fireworks in their driveways for holidays
    -New Orleans food (bananas foster, beignets, jambalaya, etouffee, blackened seafood….)
    -really big shrimp

  • cabernetsv
    June 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    ~ Homemade BBQ and hush puppies
    ~ Being barefoot most of the year
    ~ Hoppin’ John and cornbread
    ~ Pine needles
    ~ Sweet tea
    …to name a few…

  • gina (fitnessista)
    June 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    watermelon 🙂
    hope you’re having a great weekend <3

  • Paige
    June 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    #2 is so true. I live in Austin, TX and my rainbows are about to fall apart because I’ve worn them almost every day for three years. Even in the winter. If you can call 50 degree weather “winter”. I love the south.

  • ari
    June 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    hahaha, i love how i grew up in basically the southernmost point of the US (miami/fort lauderdale) and it’s so not traditional southern at all.

    • Jane
      June 27, 2010 at 6:38 am

      I am Canadian and always confused as to whether Florida is considered part of the “South.” From an outsider’s point of view, it doesn’t seem to fit the bill at all but it actually is south so how does that work?

      • Nelly
        June 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

        There are some parts of Florida where people have lived there for generations, and have the Southern accent and the way of life and all that, but in my travels there, it seemed like most of the more visible places are more populated by people who have moved down there recently from the North – retirees, people looking for warmer weather, etc – and who’ve brought their own ways with them. That’s how it appears to me, at least. Any Floridians want to weigh in?

  • Ann-Margaret
    June 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    As I wrap up our last day of vacation on Edisto Island, I completely agree with your lists. I’m a southern girl, and I’m not quite sure how you ever left!!

  • Tara
    June 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I’m from California and I have to say that many of the items on your list are the same things that I love about California. As someone who loves California, and will likely live here for the rest of my life, I get annoyed with people who glamorize the south. It’s like people make the south seem like some sort of utopia where people who live there are inherently better (i.e. morally superior, friendlier, more gracious, etc.) than everyone else. It just doesn’t bode well with me. However, I understand the nostalgia people feel for their hometowns.

    • Tiffany
      June 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you Tara! I read this post, and was going to comment the same thing, but thought I’d check to see if I would be the only CA native here.

      I definitely understand the nostalgia for your own hometown. I feel the same when I’m gone (and thus feel offended when someone claims theirs is better than my own).

      I hate to post stuff like this, b/c I don’t want to seem negative and “anti-jenna”. I particularly took offense to “family traditions” being strictly an aspect of SOUTHERN life.

    • Kristin
      June 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      I don’t think Jenna is glamorizing the South. Everything Jenna said is true and I don’t think it has anything to do with morally superior or any of those things. In fact one of the things I dislike about the South is the racism that just won’t fade and the often straight up backwards, backwoods way of thinking, at least where I came from. It is true that the South is different in many ways that the North for sure could never compare to. I know, I grew up in Florida and Pennsylvania .

      When you have experienced the South and you leave, there is a deep ache that can’t be soothed not even by some Hank Williams Sr and a County Fair because you will just miss it more.

      • Tiffany
        June 27, 2010 at 9:25 am

        Hi Kristin! Someone raised the question upthread about FL being considered “Southern” and I wanted to ask if the traditions were more prevalent outside of the touristy areas. I personally have only been to Orlando and Miami, and I feel like those areas were populated mostly by transplants working in the hospitality/tourist industry. I would love to visit FL sometime in the future and see some of the more traditional areas =)

      • Tara
        July 2, 2010 at 6:53 am

        Oops! I didn’t mean to come off as hostile, and my comment wasn’t directed just at Jenna. That’s the dangers of the Internet I suppose — people can’t hear the tone of the author.

    • Sarah
      June 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

      Tara and Tiffany, I think your rude comments illustrate perfectly the gracious manners that are instilled in true southerners. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, to be so unnecessarily rude is very disrespectful. If you don’t like what Jenna has to say, then move on, don’t try to bring her and her opinions down just to make yourself feel better by staging a battle in the comments section.

      A polite, gracious and respectful manner is exclusive to true southerners, and your disrespectful outburst displays that there is a difference is culture between the south and your beloved California. Being polite does make you a better person.

      • Tiffany
        June 27, 2010 at 8:13 am


        I’m sorry if you took my comment to be rude, but it truly wasn’t. I even mentioned that I

        1- Understood the nostalgia for your hometown
        2 – Did not want to be seem negative
        3- politely stated that I did not feel that family traditions were simply an aspect of Southern life only. I’d hate to think that my family’s traditions didn’t count simply b/c I’m from the West. I made no comments in regards to other things listed that are obviously Southern traditions.

        I did not come here to “bring Jenna down” or to “stage a battle” and I’m sorry that you were so quick to judge me and think that. It doesn’t seem fair that you assume that my opinion is an attack when it simply is just a comment.

        • Tiffany
          June 27, 2010 at 8:38 am

          it truly wasn’t meant to be rude*

  • Stacey@
    June 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I love relaxing weekend days, its so peaceful.

  • Kelly
    June 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    The one reason I have that cancels out all of my personal good reasons is …..humidity. Swap-like, sweat- when- you- go outside- to- get- the- newspaper- at- 5:00 am humidity.

  • maren
    June 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    texas girl in nyc! love the list. rainbow flip flops are so true!
    i’d add- bbq, tex mex, southern hospitality, cowboy boots, trips to the lake house!!

  • Courtney @ 3 Months
    June 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Wow. Those pancakes look completely delicious!

  • Maria (realfitmama)
    June 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    As a PROUD southern girl (who sadly lives in Missouri now) you have to pronounce it right – PEEEEEEEEECAN pie!!

  • Katie
    June 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    This post came at the perfect time, I’ve been missing my Southern home too! I miss grits, girls wearing pearls, southern gentlemen, thunderstorms, lemonade, real barbeque, corn bread, big front porches with rocking chairs, Lily Pulitzer, peach cobbler, horseback riding, red brick buildings with columns . . . I could go on and on!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Aww, love this and your list is awesome!

  • jenn
    June 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    wow, wonderful post. i live and love in the south. it is in itself a different culture. this is what i write about, and is my passion. nothing like fried green tomatoes in the summer! (my dinner tonight!)

  • jenn
    June 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    people are truely different in the south, in the best way.

  • jenn
    June 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    and oh, fried green tomatoes! (my supper) … and okra… and johnson grass…. and skinny dipping in the river!

  • Christena
    June 26, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    cobblers with ice cream
    sitting on the front porch in a swing or rocking chair at night listening to the cicadas (sp?)
    going barefoot
    “y’all” and “haaaay!”
    going for milkshakes and hotdogs at old drive-in restaurants
    church picnics
    Route 44 diet cherry limeaids at Sonic — during happy hour! 🙂
    magnolias, hydrangeas, wisteria, gardenia
    clothes hanging on the line

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 26, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    AMEN girl! Except for the humidity.. yuck.
    Boys and their trucks.. oh Southern boys in general. My boyfriend told me that my jeep would be perfect for going “muddin…” Now i’ve lived in SC my entire life and never done that, especially not to MY car, but I told him OK as long as he drove.. now THAT will be an experience.

  • Katie
    June 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I totally forgot: Sperry Top Siders (which I have been informed are not cool in Southern Cal) and Jimmy Buffet!

    • Tiffany
      June 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm

      I love in so cal and almost all of my friends wear Top Siders!

  • Leslie
    June 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I’m a southern girl living in Chicago these day’s and what I miss the most is Alabama football!!!!! (and REAL BBQ)
    Roll Tide Roll! 🙂

    • jenna
      June 27, 2010 at 7:52 am

      Roll Tide Roll!!!!!!!!

      (just had to say that)

  • Maggie
    June 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I’m not a Southern girl–the South just doesn’t suit me–but thanks for posting this list! I’ve been sitting here thinking about the reasons I love my homes past, Midwest, and present, New York, and have been getting all warm and fuzzy 🙂 And obviously have spent way too much time looking at pretty pictures too (Jenna, check out that pic of the Strand bookstore! If you’ve never been you must go when you’re in the city again.)

    • Maggie
      June 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      Oh, and have been enjoying seeing what everyone else loves about their favorite places too! What a fun topic. Oh, and just to be clear, the South is great–just not for me! My mom loves it though 🙂

  • Mom
    June 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    knowing your child will always come home …

    • Showty Mac
      June 27, 2010 at 8:24 am

      Oh, this made my eyes tear up! Now, THAT’S a southern mama!

  • Heather
    June 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    girl, i LOVE all of those reasons, but i have to say that lately i’ve been missing my magnolia trees more and more! i miss texas and i miss the south…especially after reading your list!

  • Conni
    June 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Amen to the hurricane parties! I used to have them all the time when I lived in New Orleans. I also love not being the only one sweating. lol.

    Other reasons to love the south:

    -Understated cities
    -4 distinct seasons: warm, hot, hotter, hottest

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    June 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Born and raised in Oregon here. I have never been to the South so I don’t know much about it! But boys in trucks are definitely cute. =)

  • jb
    June 27, 2010 at 2:36 am

    i’m a native northern californian and i have to admit that i’ve come to love humid, hot summers. weird, but true. not to diss my favorite city…but fireflies, flip flops, and a sundress just does not happen in san francisco. ever.

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    June 27, 2010 at 4:30 am

    I’m SO with you on number 21! Chicken and dumplings from cracker barrel. . . ahhhhh. 🙂

  • Lindsay
    June 27, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Love # 20 🙂

    That was us last night. Loong day on the river white water rafting and Cracker Barrel welcomed our starving bellies with open arms for a late dinner on the ride back. It’s tradition in our office to bring back a tin of gold candy-coated peanut butter nuggets anytime someone’s visited the Barrel!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    June 27, 2010 at 7:06 am

    My favorite things about the South? People are nice to strangers!!! (and there’s no rush hour!)

    • Nelly
      June 27, 2010 at 8:16 am

      You’ve never tried to get onto I-40 at 8:00 on a Monday morning ;P

    • Nelly
      June 27, 2010 at 8:17 am

      You’ve never tried to get onto I-40 at 8:00 on a Monday morning ;P

  • KZ
    June 27, 2010 at 7:07 am

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is in my parents back yard. Don’t forget the phrases ‘bless his/her/your heart’ and ‘God willin’ and the creek don’t rise’!

  • KZ
    June 27, 2010 at 7:08 am

    PS. Blue Ridge Mountains of VA has awesome wineries!

  • madi
    June 27, 2010 at 8:07 am

    YESYESYES!!! the word “ya’ll” !!! Its just so normal!!! And chik fil a ..waffle fries and ice dreammm! My favorites. I am from florida, born and raised, moving to los angeles (tomorrow actually) and will surely be missing so many of these wonderful Southern comforts! If you have any advice I’d love to hear from you girl!

    • Tiffany
      June 27, 2010 at 8:22 am

      Never fear! Depending on what part of LA you’ll be moving to, there’s anywhere between 5-10 Chick-fil-a locations!

  • Showty Mac
    June 27, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I love this list! I will add a few! The way EVERYTHING stops for church on Sunday. Azaleas. Crepe Myrtle trees. Dogwood trees. Big fat watermelons. Men in seersucker suits. Little boys in seersucker shorts and fisherman sandals for church. Little girls in smocked dresses and huge hairbows for church on Sunday. Laying out in the sun and not thinking about the wrinkles you will have. Every southern woman calls you Darlin, Honey, Sweetie or Sugah. Big hair.(and no, I don’t apologize for this). And last but certainly not least CHICK-FIL-A.

  • Nelly
    June 27, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Don’t forget: redbuds in full bloom filling the woods with flashes of bright fuchsia when the other trees are just starting to get their new spring leaves!
    And going to strawberry farms and picking your way through lunchtime…and finding crawdads in the crick…and scrabbling through thick brush to find wild blackberries and scuppernong grapes.

  • Kelly
    June 27, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I’m going to add

    -“over yonder”
    -college football season
    -monogrammed everything
    -matching to the “T”
    -thinking of your second cousin as immediate family
    -“Christmas in Dixie” playing on the radio every five minutes starting in November
    -saying hi to strangers on the street and if you’re in a small town there’s gotta be a little old man on your road that waves at every person who drives, walks, or runs past his house

  • Vicky
    June 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I loved your Southern list! I go to college at UNC-Chapel Hill but I’m studying abroad in Germany right now and I miss those things too! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend!

  • Teresa @ vinogals
    June 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Pimento Cheese
    Afternoon thunderstorms that cool of summer days
    Playing in the woods as a child

  • Kelly
    June 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Not needing to specify that tea should be sweet
    Cheerwine & Sundrop slushies
    Fish Frys for family gatherings and major holidays
    Working on your tan in March
    Giving directions based on landmarks

  • Edith
    June 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    “The dress code of rainbow flip flops with sundresses for every occasion.”

    I may or may not be wearing this right now. Ok, yes, I totally am, bless your heart!! 🙂 Holla from North Carolina!

  • Emily
    June 28, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Ooh Chic-Fil-A! I love that crispy, buttery chicken so much. I’ve lived in South Carolina for 5 years now, and have had my rainbow flip flops for the same amount of time. They even got me through 3 days of walking through the uneven cobblestone streets of Italy. Love the south!

  • maeisa
    June 28, 2010 at 6:14 am

    oh goodnesss, there are hundreds of reason’s to love the south..
    – the way people always smile when you pass them on the street, boys are polite, people are friendly
    – here in richmond we have our Hanover Tomatoes, which might just be the best in the south
    -time moves slower
    – live oaks
    – grits 🙂

  • marisa
    June 28, 2010 at 6:15 am

    sorry for misspelling my name and all the typos in that last comment, stitches in my finger are making it a p.i.t.a to type

  • ole miss alum
    June 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    love the list, here’s what i’d add to it:
    – double names (grace ann, john david, etc)
    – playing the name game with any new face you meet, because you’re bound to know someone that knows someone that knows the someone that you just met
    – from my time in oxford, the grove and college baseball season
    – hunting/ fishing with those cowboy boot wearin’, truck drivin’ boys
    – the oxford square (and the quaintness of most southern downtowns)
    – milo’s sweet tea
    – seersucker, linen, lilly pulitzer mixed with columbia, chaco, and kavu

  • Rachel
    June 30, 2010 at 6:28 am

    You just described my home in Mobile! I got my Rainbows on right now!!! Yall come visit. 🙂

  • Dallas
    July 2, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I’m a life long southerner, having lived in Tennessee and Texas, and I do love a southern boy in his truck but even better than that is a southern boy on his 4 wheeler! There’s no place like home 🙂

  • Emily
    July 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Living in San Francisco for the past year, I can definitely relate to missing the South, especially now that it’s “summer” here and it’s cold :). My parents live in Charleston, SC and I just love going home! Things that I feel are best in the South are peaches, watermelon (right now it’s like suga… so amazing!!), grits, shrimp and grits, anything seafood related, fried okra, okra and tomatoes, boiled peanuts, homemade peach ice cream, the fact that everyone says hi to each other, beautiful deep southern accents, oh the list goes on. I definitely sport the rainbows here… despite the crazy hills 😉

  • Emily
    July 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Oh… sorry, but I wanted to ask if you ever drove over the Cooper River Bridge when you were in school? Your list included cool old bridges, and that one popped into my head. I drove my brother-in-law’s manual truck over it the first time I drove it and it scared me to death!! My parents have great stories of driving it during their college years way back when and how they could feel it move in bad storms. Crazy!

  • Callie
    July 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I realize I’m a year late, but Rainbow flippies are from CA originally…