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Joe Emer and Sarah Wall tell FOX10 News Good Day Gulf Coast viewers about Fairhope winning big in the Southern Living South's Best Awards.

MOBILE, Ala. -- It is a big day for some local communities.

Southern Living magazine this morning announced its winners in the third annual South's Best Awards, and some local places along the Gulf Coast made the list.

Alabama's Fairhope earned a prime spot on the Southern Living magazine cover for the awards. That issue -- the April edition -- is coming out March 22.

In the awards, the Baldwin County town placed high in the Small Towns category.

Other cities on the list include Beaufort in North Carolina and Beaufort in South Carolina. St. Augustine, Fla., is third, Aiken, S.C., is fourth, and Fairhope is No. 5 on the list.

Some other Baldwin County places made the list as well.

Below is the full list of winners.

Small Towns:

  • 1. Beaufort, NC
  • 2. Beaufort, SC
  • 3. St. Augustine, FL
  • 4. Aiken, SC
  • 5. Fairhope, AL
  • 6. Columbia, TN
  • 7. Gatlinburg, TN
  • 8. Bluffton, SC
  • 9. Cleveland, MS
  • 10. Blowing Rock, NC

City:

  • 1. Charleston, SC
  • 2. Savannah, GA
  • 3. New Orleans, LA
  • 4. Nashville, TN
  • 5. Asheville, NC
  • 6. Atlanta, GA
  • 7. Greenville, SC
  • 8. Wilmington, NC
  • 9. Tallahassee, FL
  • 10. Austin, TX

Food Cities:

  • 1. Charleston, SC
  • 2. New Orleans, LA
  • 3. Savannah, GA
  • 4. Nashville, TN
  • 5. Atlanta, GA
  • 6. Asheville, NC
  • 7. Austin, TX
  • 8. Birmingham, AL
  • 9. Richmond, VA
  • 10. Louisville, KY

Bars:

  • 1. Sloppy Joe’s, Key West, FL
  • 2. Flora-Bama, Pensacola, FL
  • 3. The Backstreet Pub, Beaufort, NC
  • 4. The Esso Club, Clemson, SC
  • 5. The Red Bar, Grayton Beach, FL
  • 6. The Carousel Bar & Lounge in Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA
  • 7. Pat O’Brien’s, New Orleans, LA
  • 8. The Bar at Husk, Charleston, SC
  • 9. Ice Plant Bar, St. Augustine, FL
  • 10. Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

Restaurants:

  • 1. Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, LA
  • 2. Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL
  • 3. Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, NC
  • 4. Husk, Charleston, SC
  • 5. Motor Supply Co. Bistro, Columbia, SC
  • 6. Delta Meat Market, Cleveland, MS
  • 7. Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC
  • 8. Joe’s Stone Crab, Miami Beach, FL
  • 9. PinPoint Restaurant, Wilmington, NC
  • 10. Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina, Orange Beach, AL

Food Towns:

  • 1. St. Augustine, FL
  • 2. Oxford, MS
  • 3. Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • 4. Charlottesville, VA
  • 5. Kinston, NC
  • 6. Fredericksburg, TX
  • 7. Breaux Bridge, LA
  • 8. Winter Park, FL
  • 9. Brunswick, GA
  • 10. Davidson, NC

BBQ Joints

  • 1. Southern Soul Barbecue, St. Simons Island, GA
  • 2. Lexington Barbecue, Lexington, NC
  • 3. 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Winter Park, FL
  • 4. Dreamland Bar-B-Que, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • 5. Mac’s Barbecue, Skiatook, OK
  • 6. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Atlanta, GA
  • 7. Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX
  • 8. The Salt Lick BBQ, Driftwood, TX
  • 9. B’s Barbecue, Greenville, NC
  • 10. Central BBQ, Memphis, TN

Beach Towns

  • 1. Hilton Head Island, SC
  • 2. Destin, FL
  • 3. Panama City Beach, FL
  • 4. Wrightsville Beach, NC
  • 5. Orange Beach, AL
  • 6. Myrtle Beach, SC
  • 7. Gulf Shores, AL
  • 8. St. Simons Island, GA
  • 9. Pawleys Island, SC
  • 10. Isle of Palms, SC

Chefs

  • 1. Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, NC
  • 2. Frank Stitt, Birmingham, AL
  • 3. Cole Ellis, Cleveland, MS
  • 4. Mashama Bailey, Savannah, GA
  • 5. Kevin Johnson, Charleston, SC
  • 6. Mike Lata, Charleston, SC
  • 7. Hugh Acheson, Athens and Atlanta, GA
  • 8. Tory McPhail, New Orleans, LA
  • 9. Ashley Christensen, Raleigh, NC
  • 10. Katie Button, Asheville, NC

Inns

  • 1. Stonehurst Place, Atlanta, GA
  • 2. Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill, Mills River, NC
  • 3. The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, St. Augustine, FL
  • 4. Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
  • 5. Balir House Inn, Wimberley, TX

Resorts

  • 1. The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
  • 2. Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, MO
  • 3. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL
  • 4. Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Point Clear, AL
  • 5. Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Hotels

  • 1. The Willcox, Aiken, SC
  • 2. The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
  • 3. The Peabody Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • 4. Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans ,LA
  • 5. The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA

Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, homes, gardens and travel. Reaching more than 23 million people each month, Southern Living connects consumers to the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile and event platforms. Headquartered in Birmingham, the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is produced by Meredith Corporation.

The South’s Best Awards recognizes readers’ favorite Southern destinations across the country. 

Southern Living launched its “South’s Best” awards three years ago. The annual crowd-sourced awards celebrate the people and places their readers love about the South. As Southern Living editors pored through 65,000 surveys, it was clear that Southerners are passionate about their picks.

“At Southern Living, we’re passionate about celebrating the extraordinary people and places that define Southern hospitality,” said Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living. “Our goal is to identify the destinations our readers are loving the most right now— places that represent the very best of the South. This year’s awards represent a unique mix of newcomers and longtime favorites.”

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