The Best Hotels in Every Southern State
Alabama: The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
Mobile, Alabama: BOOK IT
The restoration of this downtown property added sleek, modern comforts while maintaining the historic character of the hotel.
Arkansas: The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
Eureka Springs, Arkansas: BOOK IT
An 1886 jewel in the Ozarks, the Crescent sits on 15 wooded acres, with formal gardens, a spa, swimming pool, onsite dining, and more.
Florida: Watercolor Inn & Resort
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida: BOOK IT
Readers love it for its beachy cottage style, luxe amenities, and 30A location
Georgia: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Jekyll Island, Georgia: BOOK IT
Stay at this restored historic property, and you’ll have some serious Downton fantasies.
Kentucky: The Brown Hotel
Louisville, Kentucky: BOOK IT
Home of the Kentucky Hot Brown, this hotel opened in 1923 and recently got a $12 million renovation.
Louisiana: Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, New Orleans: BOOK IT
The grand old girl on Royal Street is still family owned, after five generations.
Maryland: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland: BOOK IT
Picture historic Beaux-Arts architecture, marble staircases, crystal chandeliers, and modern accommodations that walk a stylish line between the old and the new.
Mississippi: White House Hotel
Biloxi, Mississippi: BOOK IT
We’ve sometimes described this property as Tara on the outside, modern penthouse on the inside—plus a view of Mississippi Sound.
The South's Best Winners 2017
We poured through your more than 22,000 online votes to bring you the best-of-the-best Southern spots. Check out our roundup of the best restaurant, hotel, island, inn, resort, barbecue, bar, shop, museum, brewery, city, and tailgate in the South. Each of these Southern gems is absolutely worth the trip – from the picturesque views of the Outer Banks to the juicy pulled pork of Southern Soul Barbecue. Sip on a cold brew at Wicked Weed Brewery, have a nightcap at Callaghan's, or find your next heirloom at The Paris Market & Brocante. Take a vacation to Asheville to stay at the extravagant Inn on Biltmore Estate, or enjoy the picturesque history of Savannah at the charming Foley House Inn. If you're in town (or, making the trip!), stop in at one of these local favorites chosen by our readers.
SOUTH’S BEST BAR
Callaghan’s Irish Social Club; Mobile, AL
SOUTH’S BEST BARBECUE
Southern Soul Barbeque; St. Simons Island, GA
SOUTH’S BEST BREWERY
Wicked Weed Brewing; Asheville, NC
SOUTH’S BEST CITY
SOUTH’S BEST HOTEL
The Inn on Biltmore Estate; Asheville, NC
SOUTH’S BEST INN
Foley House Inn; Savannah, GA
SOUTH’S BEST ISLAND
Outer Banks, NC
SOUTH’S BEST MUSEUM
Smithsonian; Washington, D.C.
SOUTH’S BEST RESORT
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center; Nashville, TN
SOUTH’S BEST RESTAURANT
Commander’s Palace; New Orleans, LA
SOUTH’S BEST SHOP
The Paris Market and Brocante; Savannah, GA
SOUTH’S BEST SMALL TOWN
North Carolina: The Inn on Biltmore Estate
Asheville, North Carolina: BOOK IT
You’ll love the lobby lounge—which manages to be both grand and clubby-cozy—with stunning mountain views.
Oklahoma: The Skirvin Hilton
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: BOOK IT
Check into this historic hotel for convenient access to the Bricktown entertainment district.
South Carolina: The Restoration
Charleston, South Carolina: BOOK IT
Five historic buildings are brought harmoniously together in this inventive hotel with lots of Charleston character.
Tennessee: The Peabody Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee: BOOK IT
Grab a table by the lobby bar, order something classic, and watch the duck parade. You’ll get the Peabody immediately.
Texas: The Driskill Hotel
Austin, Texas: BOOK IT
Convenient to Austin’s famed music venues, this Sixth Street jewel pairs modern guest rooms with ornate, historic public spaces.
Virginia: The Jefferson Hotel
Richmond, Virginia: BOOK IT
This breathtaking downtown stay first began wowing guests in 1895. Even the most jaded modern traveler will be impressed with its grandeur.
Washington, D.C.: The Hay-Adams
Washington, D.C.: BOOK IT
Built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, The Hay-Adams now offers a boutique stay near the White House.
West Virginia: Hotel Morgan
Morgantown, West Virginia: BOOK IT
The historic downtown hotel is known for its two-story Grand Ballroom, popular with brides and grooms.