Originally created 08/08/99

Southern travelers hit Florida



To a boon southern country he has fled, and now in happier air.

-- Matthew Arnold

Thyrsis

Can you guess what the most popular vacation spot is for Southerners?

The answer is Florida, with Orlando, Panama City and, specifically Disney World being the favorite destinations.

Second on the list is South Carolina, Myrtle Beach, in particular.

These answers come via a poll conducted by Turner South, Turner Broadcasting System's new regional entertainment network scheduled to launch in October.

The poll questioned almost a thousand residents of Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and Mississippi. Among those, 78 percent were native Southerners.

Other Southern favorites:

Burger King is the favorite fast-food restaurant, followed closely by McDonald's and Wendy's.

Fried chicken is the favorite Southern food, followed by barbecue, grits and fried catfish.

The favorite TV show is ER and the favorite candy bar is Snickers.

Coca-Cola is the most consumed (nonalcoholic) beverage, followed by water, iced tea, Diet Coke and Pepsi.

Budweiser is the favorite beer, followed by Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Lite.

Speaking of Southern vacation spots, let's dig into the big bag of summer vacation postcards.

Kelsey and Mitchell Davis of Grovetown write to say "Hi" from South Carolina's Edisto Beach.

Evan and Jacob Williams, Mommy and Nanny are enjoying the cool weather in Cherokee, N.C.

Joey and Michelle Smalley of Appling have been vacationing nearby. They send one card from the Biltmore Estate and another from the Great Smoky Mountains, and a third from Chattanooga, Tenn.

And then there are those Southerners who are not vacationing in the South.

Among them:

The Birds of Augusta send a card from Parma, Ohio. They write: "Caught a Cleveland Indians game and went to Cedar Point. So much to do, but so little time ... The Flats, Sea World, Put-N-Bay, Zoo."

Mrs. B.H. Bragg Jr. writes: "My daughter Jennie Palacz and myself are in Chicago for a Pampered Chef convention. Having a great time."

From Kansas the Frank Smith family writes: "Have been in Cheyenne, Wyo., visiting our daughter. On our way home -- we'll be all day and night in Kansas."

Frequent contributor Troy Ward sends a card from the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado.

Johnnie and Margaret Hamilton of Martinez send a card from Yellowstone, "a wonderful time ... a beautiful place."

Howard and Ada Goodwin of Langley are visiting two daughters and three grandchildren in San Francisco. A fourth grandchild is "due any day ..."

(Congratulations ... y'all!)

Bill Kirby can be reached at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107, or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.