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Four Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day

Sometimes the daily grind of details can have even the most Zen-like of us take for granted the most important things in life—like spending quality time with family and friends and, most importantly, your partner in life. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching why not whisk the love of your life away somewhere special to show them how much you appreciate […]

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La Table at L’Auberge Provençale: Gastro Heaven With a Pinch of History

I willfully admit that I am not a food or wine expert. But I do know when something amazing touches my palate. Before the holidays we wrote about L’Auberge Provençale, an historic Virginia bed and breakfast located in the Shenandoah Valley an hour west of DC, and their classic Black Friday brunch. This time we indulged in the full L’Auberge […]

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Design Tips From Phara Queen: Miranda Lambert’s Designer for The Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast

What do you get when you mix an historic building, vintage architectural details, bold textiles & wallpaper, and a ’51 Ford truck-hood bench perfect to enjoy a cocktail with a statue of Marilyn Monroe looking down on you—The Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast. Located in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, The Ladysmith, owned by country music singer Miranda Lambert, embodies a rock-n-roll meets shabby […]

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A Charlestonian’s Guide to a Quick Getaway

It’s no wonder why Charleston, South Carolina has been voted the top city in the United States by numerous travel magazines. The history, beauty, shopping and vibrant food scene almost certainly appeals to everyone. What else could you ask for in a city? As a recent resident and frequent visitor, I’ve rounded up the top experiences so that you can live like a Charlestonian […]

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Destination: New Orleans

Few places rank as high on the American travel bucket list as New Orleans (NOLA). Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest lead the way, but NOLA also hosts over 130 yearly festivals influenced by the city’s African, French and American roots dating back to the 1700s. Christmas in NOLA still seems to get the short end of the stick so what […]

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Grumpy Visits A World-Class Garden

It’s rare when Grumpy escapes the office nowadays, but sometimes he pries open the cell door with a crow bar smuggled inside an eclair and makes his getaway. This week, I lit out for a visit to the famous Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama, just a short drive from Mobile. It was time well spent. I was there to give […]

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Take No Prisoners! Driving in Snow for Idiots

In view of the light snow showering down gently upon the Earth like frozen tears of angels, I left work at Southern Living at 11:30 AM for the usual 30-minute drive home. I arrived on my front porch at 5:30 PM. And I have a few choice words for the idiot drivers who made possible this memorable and heart-warming ordeal.

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Cruising With Grumpy — A Festivus Miracle!

For most families, gathering to trim the tree, exchange gifts, sing carols, sip some nog, and pretend you enjoy your sister’s screaming kids are what the holidays are all about. But not Grumpy’s group. We know this happy time is all about us. So once again this year, we’ve abandoned our friends and relatives to indulge in a Caribbean cruise.

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Next Great Neighborhood: DC’s H Street

Nearly 50 Years After the 1968 D.C. riots all but destroyed H Street, the area is enjoying a fast return to its glory days as an entertainment hub thanks to the H Street Main Street revitalization efforts. By day, locals and visitors shop the boutiques and galleries, while a thriving bar and dining scene feeds the nightlife. In a testament to the area’s continued growth, […]

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Where to Shop in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

From blue jeans to local art, the shops in this coastal Mississippi town are filled with eye candy. Here’s some of our favorite spots in the colorful town. Walter Anderson Museum of Art While the pieces hanging at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art are not for sale, you can take home a treasure from the museum’s gift shop, part […]

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