How about BGG CON for us folks in the south?
I live in the South and I'd still highly recommend driving or flying to Indy for Gen Con if you ever have the opportunity! I went for the first time last year and had a blast.
I'm still wavering between returning to Gen Con or trying a new convention this year, but I pick the latter BGG Con is a strong possibility. I'd definitely be interested in setting up a Charterstone event if I make it!