Two Georgia cities named the best cities in the South

Fresh peaches at Eckhardt Orchard in Fredericksburg on Thursday June 25, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Fresh peaches at Eckhardt Orchard in Fredericksburg on Thursday June 25, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Credit: Jay Janner

Credit: Jay Janner

Known and loved for its Southern charm, comfort food and an array of beautiful natural landscapes, it's no surprise Georgia's cities are recognized as some of the best the South has to offer.

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According to Southern Living magazine's "The South's Best" awards, not one — but two — Georgia cities made the list of the best cities in the region.

Based on more than 22,000 online reader surveys, the popular Southern culture magazine created its first-ever listing for the best-loved places in 13 different categories.

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Both Savannah and Atlanta made the list of 10 cities, ranking No. 2 and No. 6, respectively.

When it comes to Atlanta, Southern Living added, “There’s no city that exemplifies the new South better and rivals cities like New York and San Francisco in innovative city planning, green spaces, and food.”

Georgia also earned recognition in the magazine’s other South’s Best Awards categories.

Southern Soul on St. Simons Island won the pick for the best barbecue in the region and Atlanta's Fox Bros. BBQ made the list at No. 3.

Two Georgia shops also made the cut for the best shops category, with Savannah's the Paris Market and Brocante topping the list.

Browse Southern Living’s other award-winners for best bars, BBQ joints, breweries, cities, hotels, inns, islands, resorts, restaurants, shops, small towns and tailgates.

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