Elizabeth Hutchison

My Town: Celerie Kemble's Palm Beach, Florida

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineJanuary 23, 2015

Interior designer and 2014 Made in the South Awards judge Celerie Kemble was born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida. A principal in Kemble Interiors, the design firm founded by her mother, Mimi McMakin, who still calls the island home, Kemble splits her time between New York City and the Florida isle, retreating to the Southern beach town and its slower pace whenever she can manage. “For me, the island is about a stripping down of action,” says Kemble. When she’s not relaxing at home with her family, though, here’s where you’ll find her:

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Women in the Field Weekend

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthJanuary 9, 2015

When you start planning this year’s girls’ weekend, put Sea Island on the short list. But instead of holing up at the Cloister spa, book a bunk at the resort’s Broadfield Sporting Club & Lodge. Through the end of March, the historic hunt club—located on 5,800 acres of pristine Georgia coastline—will host a handful of Women vs. Wild weekends, upon request. The three-night adventures are open to experienced outdoorswomen and novices alike. The guest cabin and pool house can accommodate up to six in five-star comfort.

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Where We're Going in 2015

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineDecember 29, 2014

Here’s where you’ll find us off-duty in 2015 (often inspired by what we’ve reported on or experienced in 2014).

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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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