February 2016


A Label of Love , by Greg Wetherford

Virginia’s independent music labels stay alive in a chaotic industry with a simple strategy—they only make the music they love.

Cult of Cuisine , by Caroline Kettlewell

Have you heard? Virginia is officially a foodie destination. But what does that mean, and how did we get here? Inside the new food culture.

Virginia Weddings , by Valerie Hubbard

Stunning real weddings from around the state, plus Top Wedding Vendors 2016, our exclusive list of more than 600 of the state’s best wedding professionals!

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The Art of Giving , by Erin Parkhurst

Jim and Fran McGlothlin’s collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, including works by John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, is the gift of a lifetime for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Snap Judgement , by Caroline Kettlewell

What the eastern snapping turtle lacks in personality it makes up for in persistence.

Snow Power , by Taylor Pilkington

Wintergreen’s mammoth snowmaking machine.

Books for Cooks , by Whitney Pipkin

Lovingston leads the farm-to-brew movement.

New Direction , by Rebecca J. Ritzel

Alex Levy’s vision for 1st Stage Theatre.


Profile | Mountain Magic , by Paula Ann Kirby

Julie Bryce shares the story of how, 50 years ago, she and her husband Pete transformed Bryce Mountain Resort from a summer-only retreat into a four-season destination.

Design | Irvington Modern , by Taylor Pilkington

Form and function meet in the expressive, unornamented designs of architect Randall Kipp.

Food | Play Your Hand , by Tracey Love

Recipes for stylish small bites, including pastrami-wrapped beef tenderloin, fried oysters with pickled green tomato, chocolate-dipped potato chips and more. With photography by Fred Turko.

Travel | Marvelous Malta , by Dean King

Make Malta your next stop in the souther Meditteranean, where antiquity’s heroes, medieval knights and modern leaders have converged on its sun-splashed shores.

Retirement Living | Nobody Does It Better , by Phaedra Hise

Meet five retirees who are bringing top-of-their-game skills to second careers and redefining what it means to age gracefully.

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