The details behind our survey's methodology.

How This Survey Was Conducted

A survey developed by the editors of Southern Living, in association with the third party research firm, GBH Insights, was made available at from November 9, 2016, to December 4, 2016.

Our audience was invited to participate through Southern Living magazine, email invitations, newsletters, social media, and GBH Insights maintained, monitored, and kept the survey website secure, and also collected and tabulated the responses. To protect the integrity of the data, after the survey closed, GBH Insights screened the responses to identify fraudulent votes, which were eliminated from the final tallies.

Check out all of the survey results here or choose from one of your favorite categories below:

South's Best Bars

South's Best Barbecue Joints

South's Best Breweries

South's Best Cities

South's Best Hotels

South's Best Inns

South's Best Islands

South's Best Museums

South's Best Resorts

South's Best Restaurants

South's Best Shops

South's Best Small Towns

South's Best Tailgates