Vicksburg smelled like mold. With the surrounding forests, the swamp climate and the fact that things never really got cold, there was a constant state of decay surrounding the place, which meant that the leaf mold never stopped.
Virginia smells.... fresh.
If it weren't for the gawd-awful taxes here, I'd consider moving here when I retire. But I won't give that much of my income to the government, and the business climate here is, well, crappy outside of the major urban areas. There are lots of things I love about Virginia, but in my opinion it's outweighed by the high taxes and the control of the state by liberal bat-shit crazy NoVa and VA Beach.
Still, I do love to visit my friends here.