2. Family. There is something to be said for being in a place where your ancestors lived. For walking down small town streets where your grandmother once walked as a child. To know that the homestead where your great-great-great grandparents raised their family is a drive away. It draws you to a place like no other.
3. Food. I can drive down a stretch of highway in the south and see countless local food stands. People sell their veggies in front of their driveway. It makes me happy to see people sharing their abundance and growing their own food. I can find that in NY, but I have to drive north a bit. Plus I love seeing homemade BBQ smoking out in front of small cafe's. That's a given.
4. The landscape. The South, where I'm from, boasts tall pines, red dirt, and kudzu. These things remind me where I am, where I came from. They comfort me.