Fall takes its sweet time reaching our corner of the South, but when it does, it’s worth every bit of the wait. Here at Southern Lady, we delight in all things autumn, and this issue is filled with them—from lovely flowers to elegant china and stylish tabletop ideas. As back-to-school routines resume, you’ll love our lineups of comforting recipes including a roundup of seasonally sweet treats, a tennis-inspired brunch, and a hearty meal that calls to mind the glorious French countryside. Amid your entertaining, make time for a few getaways. Journey with us to Tennessee on a weekend away in revitalized Knoxville and tour a stunning lake home in Counce, or venture to Montgomery, Alabama, to explore the next stop on our Southern Literary Trail—the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. If you’re visiting friends or family, you won’t want to miss our Southern Hostess column with expert tips for becoming the ultimate gracious guest. As fall makes its anticipated arrival, the joy of the season shines from every page!