1. the weather.
Palm Trees all year round and warm days, even in December occasionally. I miss absolutely nothing about cold weather and snowy boots in December. In South Carolina, there is no snow, even in December. In fact, there are days when I can still wear short sleeve shirts outside, no coat. The weather is the absolute best.
2. the location.
Being close to a few of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S is a major plus of central SC. Columbia, South Carolina is close to a few charming, beautiful southern cities that can be reached by car in a few hours or less. Asheville, North Carolina, anyone? Columbia is close to my favorite city in the world: Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, Savannah, and Atlanta are both nearby as well, and are both close enough for a weekend road trip. South Carolina is a very small state, meaning that road trips are doable even for the most impatient road trippers. You can rest assured that if you're bored where you are, a bustling but quaint, charming city is not too far away.
3. The southern food.
I'm not going to lie to you (and neither is Yelp), Columbia's food scene is somewhat lackluster. Fortunately, mouth-watering low country cuisine is only a few hours away. Charleston is lauded as the culinary capital of South, and I could easily bestow this same praise on Savannah. Similarly, Asheville blew me away with its dishes and five star restaurants. The restaurants in the aforementioned cities all have their own personality, charm and originality and I've enjoyed some of the best meals of my life here in Southeast.
What are your favorite things about the Southeast? Have you ever lived in the North? Are you a convert? Tell me in the comments!