Summer in the South presents plenty of reasons to gather with friends and family amid sun-soaked days and blissful, lingering nights. This issue teems with inspiration for making the most of the season, whether you’re venturing across the region or enjoying your own veranda. Take cues from a roundup of beautifully appointed porches, lively floral displays, and tablescapes fashioned with a mix of timeless wares and dashing accessories. Twinkling café lights lend ambience to a dressed-up Lowcountry Boil, while pink blooms and a luscious Watermelon Pie brighten an alfresco repast. We heed the call of the coast to glimpse wild ponies on Virginia’s Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, then tour a grand French country estate and The North Carolina Arboretum. Get to know a trio of beachside plein air painters, as well as a baker who creates edible works of art. Our tantalizing takes on a true Southern favorite, pimiento cheese, make the perfect nibbles for a breezy afternoon in sweet company.