Southern Hospitality is known the world over. Strangers know that they will be welcomed with open arms when traveling through this part of the United States.
It’s not possible to put a finger on exactly what defines Southern Hospitality, but here are a few things you may expect when acting as a guest to Southern hosts.
The Best Food
It is custom to give guests access to the best stores in the house when they come knocking. This has been tradition for well over 100 years. Cakes and delicacies are shared and guests are told to ask if they feel even the slightest discomfort.
Moving to the South? Expect your neighbors to show up with lavish gifts of delicious food! It’s a custom dating back over 100 years, and is an integral part of how Southern communities come together.
As a guest in the South, you will always be treated with high levels of respect. If you are a woman, doors will be opened for you. Terms such as ‘Sir’ and ‘Ma’am’ and commonly used to show respect.
Hosts are aware that you may be uncomfortable in a new, unfamiliar setting. Therefore they will always strive to help you feel at home. Don’t be surprised if you are invited to a church function to become acquainted with the neighbors!
Help When In Need
If you’re traveling alone without a place to stay, have no fear. Southern hospitality still applies!
Knocking on a stranger’s door and asking for help may get you strange looks in most of the United States Here, however, you will most likely be greeted with a smile and genuine interest towards how you can be helped.
If you don’t have a place to stay for the night, asking for help could get you a place to sleep as well as dinner, drinks, and an invitation to a party going on that night. Don’t head to the South demanding that strangers wait on you hand and foot (of course), but don’t be surprised when you end up getting more assistance and care than you really need.
The South Welcomes You!
Whether you are just passing through or purchasing a permanent residence, you will be delighted by the respect and care neighbors and friends direct your way.
If you’re only staying for a short period of time, you will leave with fond memories. If you plan on staying for longer, you will feel a sense of connection to the community that is often lacking outside the South.