Hot List: New Restaurants, Luxe Camping, and Tampa’s First Craft Distillery

August 26, 2013 | By | Comments (0)
Luxe Life Camp

Photo by Patrick Cline

Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.

1. A glam camp for grown-ups. If your idea of a perfect camping trip is more cocktails than capture the flag, then book a bunk–with cozy down comforters no less–at Luxe Life Camp. Charlotte-based interior designer Lisa Sherry is hosting the three-day getaway in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, that promises to be a mix of simplicity and luxury just like her thoughtful interiors. The relaxed itinerary includes massages, horseback riding, gourmet meals, and a movie night. Register here for the camp that runs September 20-22.

2. Restaurant openings galore. On Tuesday in D.C., the chefs behind Estadio and Proof debut doi moi featuring cuisine inspired by Thai and Vietnamese food stalls. On Wednesday, chef Ashley Christensen expands her Raleigh empire of eateries with her cafe, Joule Coffee, that adds a brunch service on Saturday. And on Friday, Atlantans can begin their Labor Day weekend with dinner and a cocktail off the moonshine-heavy drink menu at Stillhouse in Buckhead.

Luxe Life Camp

Luxe Life Camp. Photo by Patrick Cline

3. Twelve debut Southern novels honored. You can thank an iconic Chapel Hill restaurant for your next good read: Crook’s Corner just named a dozen books to the first Crook’s Corner Book Prize Longlist. “It seems like a natural evolution for Crook’s, which is so interwoven with the arts and the literary community, to honor emerging writers,” said chef Bill Smith. The list includes titles such as The Secrets of Mary Bowser, Glow, and Green Gospel, and a winner will be announced in January.

4. New Southern stay. Spend the long weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the newest hotel in Middleburg, Virginia: Salamander Resort & Spa. Located in the heart of Virginia’s horse country, the hotel features 168 rooms with pedestal tubs and scenic mountain views. While you’re there, take advantage of cooking classes, a full spa, and a equestrian center with 25 acres of rolling countryside for riding.

5. Tampa’s first craft distillery. After months of lobbying, the makers behind The Florida Distillery just got the approval to open a tasting room in Tampa. TFD has been bottling micro-distilled vodka made from only Florida ingredients (like South Florida sugarcane and oranges from Seminole) since 2012, and their brick-and-mortar will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the process and try flavors such as Plant City Strawberry in person. Look for the tasting room to open in late September.

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