Get ready to learn about some good ol’ fashioned southern hospitality! No matter where you’re from, when people think of The South, they think of hot summers, tall glasses of sweet iced tea with plenty of ice, big plates of barbecue, sides galore, and treating guests like family.
However, it’s not just the weather that is warm. People in the south are some of the most polite people you will meet in the south. Not only is the food delicious and comforting, but it also comes with a large dose of leaving the meal having experienced the Southern charm these States are known for.
Kindness is something you can expect to experience while visiting the south, here are some of the defining factors of good ol’ fashioned Southern Hospitality.
The food is wholesome and comforting
This wouldn’t be a good food blog if we didn’t take the time to talk about southern food. There’s truly nothing like it on the planet. You think you’ve tried fried chicken? Wait until you try it in the South. Seasoned with a whole host of special herbs and spices, skillet-fried and then sprinkled with love–it is truly the best friend chicken you will have in your life.
Have a sweet tooth? Nothing says ‘Welcome’ more than a slice of homemade pie for dessert, or ‘why won’t you stay awhile?’ than the leftover pie.
If you go out to eat, restaurant workers will love sharing their recommendations with you as a symbol of their southern hospitality. Especially if you’re a visitor and are not sure what menu items are–Grits being one of them, they’re happy to explain what the dish contains and how it is prepared. They may even allow you to try a little so you can decide if you want to add it to your order.
Everybody is interested in visitors to the south
Different accents really stand out in the South. Come out of the main cities like Nashville where many people from all over the world come to stay at some point, a cute British accent will stand out for miles in a small-town general store- even so much as a ‘hello’ in a different accent will lead to a LOT of questions being asked. Southerners also love to talk about their hometowns with a sense of pride. If you want to know the history of a certain building or lake, a local is bound to tell you everything they’ll know. They’d also love to learn about you and where you come from, too! Southerners are great at initiating small talk with a stranger who will leave the conversation feeling like a friend. Call it our southern charm!
Respect is taught from an early age as a part of southern hospitality
Kids will learn how to address their elders as ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am’ from a young age. As they grow, you can expect to hear people say ‘after you’ when entering a room. People will frequently hold doors for others and are willing to go out of their way to assist you when you have a problem. Whenever you need something, somebody in the South is bound to know somebody who can help.
If you want to go somewhere as a visitor and leave feeling like a family member, spend some time in The South and learn about southern hospitality!