The South’s BEST by Southern Living

Southern Living April 2017

“Southerners are passionate about their favorites”

Southern Living has always been one of my favorite magazines. Even with all of the digital media available now, I just can’t bring myself to stop my monthly magazine subscription. I was excited when I received my April copy with “The South’s Best” and I just knew I’d see some local favorites in there.

I love visiting cities in the South and wasn’t surprised that one of our favorite places to visit, Charleston, South Carolina topped the list. Our favorite spots we visit every time we’re in town, Husk, Hominy Grill and Fig all made the Top Restaurants list.

And I most certainly wasn’t surprised to see the beautiful city I call home at number nine. It’s definitely one of my favorite cities in the south!

As stated by Southern Living Magazine: “Off the radar Richmond has the south paying attention. The beautifully restored Quirk Hotel, an unconventional music scene, and restaurants that are redefining Appalachian cooking have made us all take notice.”

RVA certainly has some amazing food and drink options. The Roosevelt was named as one of the South’s Best Bars and Strangeway’s Brewing was named as Best Brewery. Drive just an hour west to nearby Crozet, and visit Starr Hill Brewery, named in the top ten of South’s Best Breweries.


It’s no surprise that The Jefferson landed at number four on the South’s Best Hotel lists. For more than a century, the hotel has provided visitors with an extraordinary experience in the heart of Richmond. It’s one of our favorite places to visit any time of the year, but one of our favorite traditions is the holiday tea. What a treasure each year to enjoy this tea overlooking the majestic 36 step, polished marble staircase (plus my girls love the “fancy” bathrooms so there’s that).

Richmond is surrounded by so many great sights and museums that are within a 1-2 hour drive, making it an easy day trip with the kids. The Smithsonian in Washington, DC topped the Best Museums list, with Colonial Williamsburg and Monticello in Charlottesville, also landing in the top ten. All of three of these are fun places that really make history come alive.


One of my personal faves landed as lucky number seven on the South’s Best Resorts: The beautiful Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. This place is a gem. We snuck away for a long weekend last summer and loved it. The adults only pool available to spa patrons was quiet and relaxing and the bar was stocked with some fabulous cocktails. The food is great and the outdoor activities are fun. We’ve enjoyed visiting as a family of five, but a kid-free weekend is always a treat. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

It’s no wonder that RVA made so many of the Best of the South lists in the April issue. We’re so lucky to live in a city with so many bests! I could go on and on with my personal favorites…do you agree with Southern Living’s picks for RVA?

What “bests” would you add to the list?





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