Enjoy your September DeSoto Magazine!

All About Fall

Fall remains my favorite time of year. I can’t decide if it’s college football starting up (Geaux Tigers!), temperatures finally decreasing, or the sounds of nature returning when I finally reopen my windows. I always pull the sweaters out of my closet too early — usually when it’s still high 80s outside, — but they’re there at the ready, as soon as that first cold front arrives. And oh, when that first chill makes its presence known, I swear I can hear the angels sing. Southern angels, naturally, since those up North probably don’t feel the excitement as we do.

If you’re like me and check out where your favorite football team is visiting this time of year, don’t miss our feature by Tracy Morin on unique accommodations in Southern collegiate towns. There’s something for everyone, from tiny houses in Hattiesburg, Miss., to the new Graduate Knoxville Hotel that’s covered in University of Tennessee orange.

​Fall is also an excellent time to get outdoors, and some of the finest spots to hike and enjoy other fresh air activities are state parks and the National Parks Service. (That’s me enjoying the last of the wildflowers at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield.) Our veteran writer Jason Frye recently scaled the 3,030-foot catwalk under the massive bridge at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve His feature in this month’s issue showcases our country’s 63rd and newest national park.

On a sad note, we recognize the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack which took the lives of so many Americans in New York City, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. Mary Ann DeSantis takes us inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York, reminding us that we should never forget that tragic morning 20 years ago.

And that’s just the tip of the pumpkin heading into fall. Despite what the thermometer says, our issue full of autumnal tales will make you want to pull out your sweaters, too.

Happy Fall, y’all!
Cheré Coen