Whether you're pondering living in the South or are one of the lucky ones already doing it, we felt compelled to share why life is so great here. With all the benefits, it's an easy place to love. Here are 10 reasons why it's so charming:
Southern culture is entrenched with delicious foods and innovative culinary masters. Not only is a cold sweet tea or Coca-Cola delightful on a hot summer day, but we sure do enjoy toasting with friends over a mint julep or another historically southern cocktail. Delicious lunches and dinners offer up perfectly fried chicken, barbeque, shrimp and grits, hush puppies and sweet banana pudding for dessert. Note that barbeque by itself is sacred here. The standards are very high, and only the best survive.
The South is rich in fascinating history. Beyond the historic charm of The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National, there are many other commemorated places to experience, several having to do with the Civil War. There are antebellum mansions, timeworn forts, battlefields, and plantations turned into beautiful parks and museums. These places help us to learn about the past and better understand the historic influences that make the South what it is today.
Our southern hospitality is renown throughout the world. The people are incredibly friendly and have impeccable manners. You'll often hear polite pleasantries like 'please' and 'thank you' as well as 'sir' and 'ma'am.' Neighbors are actually neighborly and have no qualms suddenly sharing a home-cooked meal with brand new friends. People smile, say hello, and hold doors open for you, even if you're a stranger. Just one of the perks of living at Harbor Club - where your neighbors wave to you.
It doesn't matter where you're from, if you live in the South and you want to refer to a group of people, you will say "y'all." A larger than normal group is often referred to as "all y'all." Here, a "buggy" is a shopping cart. If you're asked to "mash" the button, you need to hit it. "Cut the light" means to turn it off. Those that are "fixin' to" do something means there's getting ready to take care of a task...maybe. Also, don't be surprised if you are referred to as honey, sweetie, sugar, or darlin.’ Don’t worry -- these are all terms of endearment.
We're not just talking about family loyalty. Those that live in the South have a strong commitments towards their towns, schools, college sports (especially SEC football), and church. The same goes for food. Here, Coca-Cola, barbeque, and mayonnaise brand allegiances are the norm.
Living in the South means experiencing all four seasons without having to deal with snow (most of the time.) It's relatively warm with a few cold snaps in the winter. For the most part, you can enjoy the outdoors year-round.
Due in large part to the great weather, there is always something in bloom here. Even in winter, you'll find that colorful pansies abound. Then there are the iconic southern flowers like magnolias, azaleas, gardenias, camellias, hydrangeas, crape myrtles, roses, tea olives, and jasmine. The bonus? Many of these heirloom plants are have lovely scents too.
8) Mountains and beaches
Not only do we have the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but we also have easy access to the beaches on the Gulf Coast and Atlantic. Whether you enjoy skiing on powder or water, you can do both in the South. With the great weather, the mountains, beaches, (and our lakes) are wonderful places to experience year-round.
9) Porch Life
Front porch living is a way of life in the South. Porches offer a shady, inviting place to sit and relax, usually in the comfort of wood rockers. It's even better to pass the sunny days of summer with a cold glass of sweet tea and in the company of family and friends.
10) Fun lifestyle
With the great weather, food, and hospitality, there is always something fun going on. Tailgates, barbecues, parties, and other outdoor events are common occurrences. Southern Living-Inspired communities like ours are known for creating optimal environments that foster friendly gatherings, interactions, and celebrations. We are proud that our neighborhood exudes that warm southern charm and hospitality.
Ready to experience Southern living for yourself? We invite you to come to Harbor Club. Contact us today.