Tara Massouleh McCay, News Writer for Southern Living
Tara Massouleh McCay, News Writer for Southern Living

Tara Massouleh McCay

Travel and Culture Editor Tara Massouleh McCay is the travel and culture editor for Southern Living, where she writes and edits stories about the American South. She's passionate about uncovering the South's best-kept secrets, from under-the-radar beach towns to fascinating family businesses. Tara joined the Southern Living team as a digital news writer in 2021. Prior to that, she was the associate editor for Birmingham magazine. A Birmingham native and graduate of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), Tara loves to travel but will always call the South home. Her favorite trips involve hiking up mountains and seeking out spicy food
Travel and Culture Editor Tara Massouleh McCay is the travel and culture editor for Southern Living, where she writes and edits stories about the American South. She's passionate about uncovering the South's best-kept secrets, from under-the-radar beach towns to fascinating family businesses. Tara joined the Southern Living team as a digital news writer in 2021. Prior to that, she was the associate editor for Birmingham magazine. A Birmingham native and graduate of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), Tara loves to travel but will always call the South home. Her favorite trips involve hiking up mountains and seeking out spicy food.
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Keep this list in mind when planning your next Peach State beach vacation!
Akin to the snow cone, this regional treat is one of the best ways to beat the heat.
Located just 28 miles from Key West, Florida, this lower Keys isle offers the ultimate beach escape.
You won't catch us sleeping on the Cajun Riviera!
The perennial contender for the country's best beer city offers a dizzying array of brews to whet every beer lover's whistle.
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The South's favorite veggie is great for more than just thickening gumbo and stews!
"Guarding the Art" was created by guest curators from the Baltimore Museum of Art's security department.
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The South's favorite veggie is great for more than just thickening gumbo and stews!
"Guarding the Art" was created by guest curators from the Baltimore Museum of Art's security department.
The expectant mother chose the perfect location when it was time to add to her growing family.
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The program has already given away more than 176 million books!
Hold on to your hats! Autonomous farming is on the way.
Officials say he had "become habituated to human and unnatural foods."
After two big wins, the girls will compete in a national competition this summer.
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