Benefits of Both

Hey y’all!

Although there are many adjustments I’ve had to make since moving to Wisonsin, and many lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way, heading North was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Through this time, I’ve learned how to be a lot more independent and how to be tolerant of change. I’m thankful for this opportunity, and I hope y’all get the chance to experience both the North and the South of the Us.

North

I can’t stress how much I would love for all my Southern friends to spend a year or two in the North, specifically Wisconsin. But if that isn’t for you, you at least have to visit for a weekend or two.While my time in the North has been a lot shorter, I have found quite a few places that I’ve fallen in love with.

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Wilderness resort in WI Dells
Photo from Dells official webpage

The first time I visited the Dells, I fell in love. This is a great place to go with family or friends, and you can never run out of things to do. Every year I go to the Dells with my teammates and stay in a hotel with a water park inside! You heard me right, A WATERPARK. The whole town is full of fun activities for decent prices. It’s definitely worth the trip.

Lake Geneva

I would rate Lake Geneva in the top ten most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I’ve only been twice, but I wish I could go every day. Downtown area is full of fun, unique shops and tasty ice cream parlors and restaurants. And if you aren’t a shopper, you can always lounge on the beach or rent  boat or jet ski for a few hours. So far, Lake Geneva has been my favorite place to visit in the North.

I’ve slowly developed a love for the North and can’t imagine my life with out it’s influence. Some of the best parts of the area are:

  • job opportunities
  • tolerance
  • winter wonderland (good and bad)
  • custard
  • cheese curds

South:

While I can’t force you Northerners to move South (that’s asking a little much), I can strongly advise that you at least visit a few places. Everyone is so keen to drive to Florida that they don’t even realize they’re are missing some of the greatest places the South has to offer.

Gatlinburg

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Dixie Stampede
Photo from official webpage

In the heart of Tennessee lies Gatlinburg, home of the Dixie Stampede and Dollywood. Gatlinburg is famous for its salt-water taffy and beautiful mountain resorts. Anyone who wants to see the beauty of the South should be sure to check out this fabulous, old-fashioned town.

 

Nashville

The Music City, and my personal favorite place to visit. I’m so lucky it’s only a thirty minute drive from my house. Nashville offers a little bit for everyone. The town is full of cowboys, hipsters, athletes, and anyone else you could think of. From Broadway Street to the Ryman, you’ll never run out of things to do. However, if you want to fit in, I suggest you start practicing your southern drawl now. EVERYONE has one (:

The South is a wonderful place full of charming, kind people and delicious, homemade food. Here are what I consider to be some of the greatest benefits:

  • warmer weather
  • cheaper prices
  • better hospitality
  • Waffle House
  • abundance of cowboy boots

While I still consider myself a southern girl, I definitely have developed some Northern pride. I’ll forever keep my roots in sweet Tennessee, but being a yankee doesn’t seem so bad anymore either. I love my Northern home. Maybe some day I’ll even root for the Packers (but don’t hold your breath).

Until next time,

Hannah

 

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