After several trips down to Southwestern Virginia in the past year, I've realized a few things about myself.
One: There's a big part of me that wishes I had a southern accent
Two: Pimento cheese slathered on ritz crackers is amazing... especially when washed down with a cold glass of sweet tea
And three: I really, really like bluegrass
Over the past 18 months, the small town of Marion, Virginia has experienced an incredible revitalization. Prompted by a community-wide determination to stimulate the local economy, new entrepreneurs and small businesses are flooding the historic downtown district to show that in terms of tourism, Marion means business.
Located about a mile off route
The town of Floyd is a quick detour off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwest Virginia. Part of the famed Crooked Road musical heritage trail, Floyd is a renowned stop for music-lovers seeking their salvation in the twang-y notes of traditional Americana bluegrass.
This November, I spent less than 12
The first weekend of November, I packed up my car and headed out to discover the "Old School" side of Virginia.
Found all over the state -- from the largest city to the smallest town-- Old School Virginia shares glimpses of a simpler time. A nostalgic blast from the past where
I’ve just returned home after a food-and-music-fueled weekend away in New Orleans. This was not my first visit to the Big Easy, but this trip marked my first time at one of this city's biggest draws: the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Jazz Fest, as it’s colloquially called, has been
St. Michaels, Maryland (the "Hamptons of the Chesapeake") is where the elite goes to spend the weekend. Located right along the Old Line State's craggy coastline, it's an idyllic waterfront retreat where all roads lead to the water. With a deep history and a familiar, small-town feel, it's the perfect spot for a weekend getaway.
I've had a long-time love affair with London. I'll never forget stopping over there briefly in college after a semester in Italy. The moody weather, friendly black cab drivers, accessible and dignified culture and (let's be honest) adorable accents left such an impression that it was the destination I chose
The weekly "Jazz in the Garden" event is one of the most popular summer activities in Washington, DC. Centrally located right off the Mall at the National Gallery of Art's picturesque Sculpture Garden, people pack in each Friday to enjoy the night's jazz act (everything from Brazilian jazz to Afro Funk to