Elizabeth Hutchison

Holiday in the Sun

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineDecember 15, 2014

It’s okay to admit that sometimes you need a holiday from the holidays. So this year, after the gifts are unwrapped, the stockings emptied, the bar cleaned out, and your extended family is back on the road, why not treat yourself to a little warm weather R&R? Stock up on extra vitamin D—after all, a repeat of last year’s snowpocalypse isn’t out of the question—at one of these three new or newly renovated island retreats.   

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The G&G Family Grows by Four (Furry) Friends

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineNovember 26, 2014

At the same time as the December/January 2015 issues started arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes last week, our 2014 cover dog Rimi, who also happens to be my parents’ dog, had her first pack of puppies.

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My Town: Holly Williams' Nashville, Tennessee

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineNovember 13, 2014

Singer-songwriter Holly Williams—the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and the granddaughter of Hank Sr.—has called Music City home nearly all her life. “When I was growing up here there was really just downtown—not all these other amazing areas,” Williams says. “The change that has taken place in the city in the last five, ten years has been incredible to watch.” No mere bystander but an active participant in that growth, Williams opened high-end boutique H.Audrey and White’s Mercantile, a modern general store with everything from beautiful soaps to linens, cookbooks, and a grab-and-go grocery. And in just two weeks, she’ll launch White’s first e-marketplace. Somehow, she still manages to find time for her music. And when she does get the occasional day off, she walked us through exactly how she would spend it.

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First Look: Charleston's Newest Entertaining Space

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineNovember 7, 2014

Charleston’s booming Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood welcomes yet another tenant this month: Cannon Green. Considering the restaurant and event space hybrid is the brainchild of Dean and Lynn Andrews—the tireless creative force behind Zero George, the city’s chicest boutique hotel, Pippin Hill Vineyards in Charlottesville, and Easton Events, one of the country’s top wedding planners—and Holy City floral designer Anne Bowen Dabney, we’d be willing to wager Cannon Green will book up fast with locals and visitors alike.

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Virginia is for Apple Lovers

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsOctober 30, 2014

Pippin, York, Winesap, and Pink Lady—grab a bushel of Virginia apples while you still can. This weekend is officially last call for you-pickers at many Commonwealth orchards like Carter Mountain and Stribling. Even if you can’t make it to the field, there are plenty of other ways to savor fall’s sweetest flavor for weeks to come.

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Feed Your Inner Artist at Penland

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineOctober 23, 2014

Whether you paint, sculpt, or write, there are some day-to-day distractions even a good pair of headphones and a playlist can’t block out. But at the Penland School of Crafts, situated on 400 pristine Blue Ridge acres near Bakersville, North Carolina, just an hour’s drive northeast of Asheville, you’ll find a quiet haven for makers. (Not a grocery list or laundry hamper in sight.) Penland has been educating and inspiring would-be craftsmen and professional artists for the last eighty-five years. And beginning this winter, it will host its first winter residency program, opening up studios to aspiring or established artists for short term stays during the school’s slow season, between January 11 and February 7.

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Casting Against Cancer

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthOctober 16, 2014

What do fly-fishing and breast cancer have to do with one another? For Dr. Benita Walton, a breast reconstructive surgeon and avid angler, the rhythmic overhand motion of casting seemed similar to the exercises she was prescribing patients after surgery and radiation. As she pondered the connection, she realized that, combined with the meditative nature of the sport, a weekend spent on the water alongside other women experiencing similar physical and emotional challenges related to breast cancer might offer better medicine than any script she could write.

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My Town: Shakey Graves' Austin, Texas

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineOctober 9, 2014

Austin, Texas-born musician Alejandro Rose-Garcia has lived stints in Los Angeles and New York City and spent countless hours on the road touring, but the blues rocker, earning a solid reputation and following under the stage name Shakey Graves, has always felt the pull of home. And in 2010, he returned to Austin for good. “I spent all of my boyhood here,” Rose-Garcia says. “Texas is home in a way that, well, there isn’t another equivalent to.” This month, he’ll release his second album, And the War Came, which means a lot more travel time, but before he packs his bags, we asked him to walk us through his perfect twelve (-ish) hours in Austin.

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Blue Ridge Fall Retreats

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineOctober 2, 2014

As summer slides into fall, few places in the South are as beautiful as the Blue Ridge. If you want to avoid the crush of leaf peepers or just want to get away for the weekend before the holiday merry-go-round takes over your schedule, these four recently renovated and newly-opened mountain hideaways make for relaxing escapes. But book a room now before someone else ends up drinking your glass of hot apple cider by a staff-laid fire. No room in the inn? No problem: The views (and accommodations) are just as breathtaking come spring.

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My Town: John Fleer’s Asheville, NC

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineSeptember 25, 2014

After fifteen years in Tennessee as the head chef at Blackberry Farm, John Fleer and his wife Katy, both North Carolina natives, were eager to return to the Tar Heel State. “We’d had our eye on Asheville for a long time,” Fleer says of the Blue Ridge boomtown. “When we lived in Tennessee, we’d always stop on the way home to Winston-Salem. And over the years we watched it change and grow into this really vibrant community.”

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