The South's Best Winners 2019
“Have a favorite?” It's a simple question, but that’s how this all began. Three years ago, we decided to launch our annual crowd-sourced awards to celebrate the people and places you love across the South. As we pored over 65,000 surveys, it became clear that Southerners are passionate about their picks. Join us in toasting this year’s winners, from the soulful small town to the three-time-winning city to the chef who is a true hometown hero, all chosen by our readers. Without further ado, here are the winners of the South's Best of 2019.
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The South’s Best Small Town: Beaufort, North Carolina
Planted on the outermost reach of North Carolina’s southern coast, Beaufort feels like a step back in time. It’s a community full of hospitality that bands together when the going gets tough: Just weeks after Hurricane Florence walloped Beaufort last September, it had all but bounced back to its old self.
See why this second-act town stands out from the rest: Read more.
The South’s Best City: Charleston, South Carolina
Even people who have never set foot in this dreamy Lowcountry city have romantic notions about it.
See why Charleston is a three-time-winning city in our readers' eyes, and ours too: Read more.
The South’s Best Restaurant: Commander’s Palace
The South’s Best BBQ Joint: Southern Soul Barbeque
The South's Best Chef: Vivian Howard
There is no one way to be a great Southern chef. However, using good food and cooking to convey shared passion and pride for disparate things in the service of our familes and communities is as Southern as can be. Howard knows and does just that.
In your book–and ours too–she's the best. See why: Read more.
The South’s Best Bar: Sloppy Joe’s
The South’s Best Food City: Charleston, South Carolina
A city that will open its award-cradling arms to anyone who’s hungry and looking for a little hospitality, Charleston's culinary riches are interwined with its history.
This food-rich city is filled with history, not to mention the best seafood around: Read more.
The South’s Best Food Town: St. Augustine, Florida
The South’s Best Beach Town: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
A magical mix of mild climate, small-town charms, and cosmopolitan pleasures awaits on the shores of Hilton Head Island.
See why this grown-up beach village has won the hearts of vacationers and residents alike: Read more.
The South’s Best Inn: Stonehurst Place
Historic character meets modern design at this beautifully renovated bed-and-breakfast in Midtown Atlanta.
Learn why couples and business travelers alike love this B&B: Read more.
The South’s Best Resort: The Omni Grove Park Inn
There’s nothing petite about this 100+-year-old resort with stunning mountain views. Much more than just a place to sleep, The Omni Grove Park Inn is a total escape. Everything you need is right here.
Southerners don't have a cookie-cutter definition of their dream stay; see all the Southen resorts that made this year's list: Read more.
The South’s Best Hotel: The Willcox
Walk into Aiken, South Carolina's The Willcox, and you'll instantly feel at ease at the hotel, restaurant, and spa. The sweeping front porch on this white-columned, historic hotel is lined with rocking chairs, while its guest rooms look more like bedrooms in a well-appointed Southern home than typical hotel accommodations.
It's one of the best places to tuck in across the South. See all the charming inns on this year's list: Read more.