October 2016


26 Fall Escapes , by Carrie Nieman Culpepper

Join a pack of hounds on its dawn rambles at Keswick Hall, sip a cream ale at the Quirk Hotel’s rooftop bar, dine on fresh from the farm cuisine at the Goodstone Inn and so much more.

Take Me To the River , by Jack Cooksey

The New River Valley is carved from one of the continent’s oldest rivers, but it’s not just rugged and beautiful—it’s also a mecca for the outdoor adventurer. With photography by Sam Dean.

State of Education

A special section featuring Top High Schools and Colleges 2016, a list of more than 150 of the most innovative programs across the Commonwealth.

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Crowning Glory , by Joan Tupponce

As its executive director, former Miss Virginia USA Kim Nicewonder has transformed the pageant she once competed in.

Bass Master , by Caroline Kettlewell

If a river otter is nearby, you can kiss the fish in your privately stocked pond goodbye.

Arresting Images , by Sarah Sargent

Neil Guma Fine Art opens in Charlottesville.

Got Ghost? by Taylor Pilkington

Dive into the other-worldly with Fredericksburg Paranormal Research and Investigation.

Seductive Serenade , by Don Harrison

Miramar explores the longing and beauty of bolero.


Industry | Raising Miss Daisy , by Erin Parkhurst

The remarkably social KuneKune, a breed of pig that was once endangered, is now thriving thanks to breeders like Caroline Malott of Bedford County. Find out why they may just be the perfect pig.

Food | Get Cured , by Phaedra Hise

The art and science of charcuterie. With photography by Fred + Elliott.

Home | Trading Spaces , by Valerie Hubbard

The Richmond home of restauranteur Julius C. Pierce of Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que in Williamsburg is an exquisite ode to mid-century design. With photography by Tony Giammarino.

Garden | Garden of Grace , by Bland Crowder

As Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s director of horticulture, 34-year-old Grace Chapman Elton is leading the way for a new generation of public garden plots.

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