We know how hot Southern summers can be. Let’s be real, not everyone can take that spicy sunshine, but we think the good definitely outweighs the bad. Yes, the car seat might burn the hairs right off your legs, and the ice in your tea might melt before you take a drink, but that’s just part of the magic. So without further ado, here are some of our favorite things to do in a sweltering, beautiful Southern summer.
Grow and Eat Fresh
Is there anything better than a fresh garden tomato? The ones from the store might do for winter, but they just don’t hold a candle to something that comes straight from the plant. Whether you’re growing tomatoes, peppers, onions, or cilantro, most plants love our long, hot summers. You’ll get a harvest unlike anything they see in the north. That bowl full of fresh fruits and veggies is perfect for lightening up breakfast, lunch, and dinner all season long.
Get in (or on) the Water
When those 100-degree days hit, sometimes the air conditioning just isn’t enough. If you’re sweating through your clothes and just need something to cool you down, it’s time to head for the water. Whether you’re swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or boating, there’s nothing better than the cool breeze across the water, and it’s the perfect way to soak in the sun while staying cool. Just be sure to pack some of those beautiful tomatoes to build amazing sandwiches for your picnic lunch.
Swing on that Porch
A Southern porch should never be empty in the summer. That shady spot is the perfect place to chat with the neighbors, read a good book, or take a nap. Whether you’re swingin’ or sittin’, it’s really the place to be. On your way, grab a pitcher of sweet tea and that fresh pie you were saving for dinner. Once you start porch sittin’, you likely won’t be alone for long. One Southern porch sitter will always find a friend.
Twirl in a Light Sundress
One of the top reasons we can’t wait for summer weather: sundresses. Winter sweaters and long pants might be cozy, but they just don’t give that same light, twirly feeling. There’s something about a flowery sundress that makes us feel like classic Southern ladies. You just can’t get that same feeling with a heavy coat on. If you’re new to a hot summer in the South, we’d recommend picking up a few dresses. They’ll help you beat the heat and get you fitting right in.
If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait for a slow-paced, sweltering Southern summer. There just isn’t anything like it. Whether you’re an adventurer taking advantage of the clear skies, or a homebody who can’t wait to lounge on the porch and in the pool, this season has something perfect for you. As for us, we’ll be designing and bringing you new tees to show off your Southern pride. But maybe we’ll start taking meetings outside to soak in some of that sunshine.