Elizabeth Hutchison

Back-Road Trip: The Mississippi Delta's Blues Highway

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineJune 12, 2015

Blues greats Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Son House, and B. B. King all grew up within whistling distance of U.S. Highway 61, the storied stretch of blacktop that cuts through the heart of the Mississippi Delta and decades ago delivered the musicians north—onto the national stage and into music history. There are miles of flat, fertile farmland, and stick-to-your-ribs soul food, some of the best music in the country, and an innate hospitality and friendliness, but also poverty and the painful legacy of the Jim Crow South. Above all, though, there’s an authenticity and soulfulness here that must be experienced firsthand. There’s nowhere else quite like it.

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My Town: Greg Best's Atlanta, GA

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMay 29, 2015

One of this year’s Made in the South Awards judges, Greg Best moved from Las Vegas to Atlanta in 2002 to help open a Georgia outpost of the Emeril Lagasse Delmonico Steakhouse empire. The restaurant ultimately failed, but Best, who went on to open Holeman & Finch Public House, found a home in Atlanta. “I couldn't help but feel like this entire city was fixing to pop,” Best says. “Everything seemed like an opportunity.” And after six years at Holeman & Finch, where he helped define the city’s current cocktail culture, Best and his business partner Regan Smith are set to open an as-yet-unnamed project at Atlanta’s Krog Street Market. Considering his career, it’s no surprise that Best’s perfect day includes plenty of eating and drinking. (Sounds like a good day to us.)

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A Master Class in Floral Design

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMay 14, 2015

Maybe you’re a spring bride and want to do your own flowers for your big day. Or perhaps you’re thinking about ditching a corporate gig and making a career in the floral business. Or maybe you just like puttering in the garden shed. Whatever your motivation, floral designers Heather Barrie of Gathering Floral + Event Design and Anne Dabney of Stems can help.

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First Look: Inside a Historic Beaufort, SC, Inn

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMay 12, 2015

Amy and Frank Lesesne didn’t set out to be innkeepers. But they did want live in Beaufort, South Carolina. The couple fell in love with the Lowcountry hamlet after a brief visit, and vowed to return when their kids were grown. They didn’t last that long though, and two years ago, after Frank sold his business, they uprooted their life in Atlanta and set a course for the coast. The hospitality business, and by extension Anchorage 1770 (to open in June), seemed a logical step toward making a life in Beaufort.

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Back-Road Trip: Outer Banks Scenic Byway

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineApril 30, 2015

A narrow two-lane ribbon of asphalt, NC 12 winds its way across North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a slender string of isolated barrier islands that stand sentinel off the coast—in some places more than thirty miles from the mainland they protect. The historic roadway—it wasn’t paved until 1950—is flanked by lush tidal marshes and pristine sounds on one side and towering dunes, deserted beaches, and the wide-open Atlantic on the other. There are two national seashores, two national wildlife refuges, and four historic lighthouses. In between, you’ll find tiny maritime villages are anchored by locally owned businesses with hardly a chain in sight. Before summer chokes the path with eager vacationers, hit the road and discover the region’s unique history and heritage for yourself.

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Your Spring/Summer Music Festival Calendar

By Elizabeth HutchisonSouthern SoundsApril 17, 2015

Down South we don’t need much of an excuse to put on a festival. Just about anything will do. There’s the annual hollerin’ contest in North Carolina; the Road Kill Cook-off and Harvest Festival in West Virginia; and events dedicated to every fruit and veggie ever grown in Southern soil. When it comes to music, though, Southerners drop the silly and pull in some serious talent, rolling out an impressive lineup of world-class festivals as soon as the weather warms up. Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tennessee, and Hangout Fest, the three-day beachside blowout, in Gulf Shores, Alabama, are the schedule titans, but if neon tank tops and glow sticks aren’t your thing either, there are plenty of other great outdoor music-fest options for the rest of us.

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The Masters by the Numbers

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthApril 9, 2015

If the neighborhoods surrounding G&G’s Charleston offices are any indication, the famous azaleas over at Augusta National should be peaking right as the Masters practice rounds come to a close and golf’s biggest names tee off for tournament play. But the florescent pink flowers (and those pro athletes) are only part of the allure. Like Wimbledon and the Kentucky Derby, the Masters is built on tradition, and that means lots of history and plenty of quirks. Below, we run down a bit of both, by the numbers…

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Three New Spring Weekend Retreats

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineApril 8, 2015

Even if you left weeklong spring breaks behind in college, any one of these three new and recently renovated art-centric hotels merit at least a three-day weekend away.

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New Orleans Revives a Historic Marketplace

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMarch 19, 2015

There are plenty of outlets for great food in New Orleans—raw bars, seafood shacks, produce stands, patisseries, cocktail temples, and coffee shops with strong sustainably sourced brews. On April 10 when the historic St. Roch Market finally reopens for business you’ll find all that—and a whole lot more—in one place.

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Back-Road Trip: Highway 98 (Tallahassee to Apalachicola)

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMarch 13, 2015

The route: Start in Tallahassee and head south on FL 363 for about fifteen miles before hanging a right onto US 98-W to Apalachicola. 

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