Annie Tobey

Richmond’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean makes a beach-based getaway a natural day trip, weekend retreat or extended-stay vacation. And Virginia Beach’s busy, vibrant nature easily keeps boredom at bay, whether you’re exercising your own ... more

May 6, 2016 8:25 AM TRAVEL

Remember that refrain often repeated by science and math teachers to irritated (and irritating) students: “You’re going to need this after graduation!”? “Yeah, yeah,” you may have replied (uttered aloud if you were a smart aleck). more

May 5, 2016 3:55 PM Recipes

Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl

Lake Isle Press

Chef Pierre Thiam's recipe book, "Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl," offers an insightful look into the people and culture of his homeland as well as creative Senegalese recipes. more

Mar 3, 2016 10:17 AM , , Recipes

Though you may not have to resort to Astroturf or painted lawns like some drought-plagued California residents have, you can nonetheless reap the benefits of a drought-resistant yard. Besides saving time and money, you can bask in being ... more

Mar 2, 2016 5:30 PM HOME & GARDEN

I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, but I discovered much more in the pages of Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée. My search was for recipes with a dash of back-story. I craved the story of how Thomas Jefferson took James Hemings to ... more

Jan 14, 2016 9:15 AM FLAVOR

Imagine yourself in a graciously appointed inn, one designed to create an elegant but comfortable, home-like atmosphere. Wander past the lobby to the living room and library, where people linger to chat, read or sit by the fire. more

Jan 12, 2016 4:38 PM TRAVEL

Farm to Table Produce

Courtesy of Jay Paul

“Shop the perimeter.” These three words contained the simplest advice I’ve ever received on healthy shopping and eating. Around the perimeter of a grocery store, you find primarily fresh foods – produce, meats and fish, and dairy ... more

Jan 8, 2016 11:00 AM Health & Wellness

Home. Yes, it provides that welcoming space for living life together with family, for sharing memorable times with loved ones and for entertaining friends. But home also shelters us as individuals, granting opportunities for renewal and ... more

Jan 7, 2016 12:00 PM HOME & GARDEN

Among bragging rights claimed by the commonwealth, the title “Birthplace of Presidents” provides both historic pride and an enjoyable, educational travel itinerary. In Virginia, we can boast eight native sons who were elected ... more

Jan 5, 2016 12:00 PM TRAVEL

I acknowledge that the word butcher holds a negative connotation: an actor butchered Hamlet’s role, a singer butchered the national anthem and the movie version butchered the masterfully written book. When using the word literally, however... more

Jan 5, 2016 9:00 AM Recipes

The spirit of Maggie Walker lives on – not just in Church Hill where she was born or Jackson Ward where she lived most of her life; not just in the National Park Service historic site that bears her name; and not just in the statue that ... more

Nov 30, 2015 1:21 PM FEATURES

"The more that you read, The more things you will know, The more that you learn, The more places you’ll go." Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! more

Nov 30, 2015 11:44 AM TRAVEL

I knew the name. I’ve been in Virginia long enough for it to ring a bell. But I had no idea. No idea. more

Nov 30, 2015 10:52 AM TRAVEL

As a child, I had two favorite spots for reading. One was on a comfy, cushioned bench in my bedroom dormer window, the other in the branches of a perfect climbing tree. Though distinctly different, they had one common denominator: both provided ... more

Nov 30, 2015 10:17 AM HOME & GARDEN

These recipes and others in The Southern Slow Cooker reflect country classics and common ingredients like bacon drippings, molasses, ham hocks, buttermilk and even Dr. Pepper. Though not a comprehensive compendium of regional Southern dishes, the... more

Nov 19, 2015 9:05 AM Recipes

Like the tides receding from the shoreline, cooling seasonal temperatures slowly empty out beach resorts. Yet these summertime hot spots have a beauty that never disappears, in aesthetics or activities. In Wilmington, North Carolina, the... more

Nov 18, 2015 11:40 AM TRAVEL

I’m not easily drawn in to TV series, but Downton Abbey hooked me. By the end of the first episode, I cared what happened to the Crawley family and their servants, eagerly anticipating each new episode. I’m not alone: the show remains the highest... more

Nov 18, 2015 9:35 AM FEATURES

I couldn’t decide whether to look up or scan the sights at eye level. I didn’t want to miss the colorful shops and restaurants along this historic main street – a chocolatier, antiques, books and music, boutiques, restaurants and cafés. But when ... more

Sep 25, 2015 4:00 PM TRAVEL


Ride the Ducks providing guests with an overview of the Branson area

A family vacation that can keep three generations happy – is that mission impossible? Not in Branson, Missouri! With its blend of shows, shopping, natural beauty and clean family fun, Branson will please everyone. more

Jul 14, 2015 3:47 PM TRAVEL


Zingerman's Deli. Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor CVB

With more than 250 restaurants, Ann Arbor, Michigan, will satiate your hunger. If it’s ethnic cuisine you’re craving, you’ll find that here. Farm to table? You bet. Culinary pop history? Yep. Craft beer, wine and fine spirits? Plenty of that... more

Jul 14, 2015 11:50 AM TRAVEL

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