Wild Card

Virginia’s Piedmont region, stretching along the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is as much a state of mind as it is a place in a state. It runs from the Washington, D.C., exurbs southwest toward the vibrant college town of Charlottesville and beyond. It encompasses charming and noteworthy communities such as Leesburg, Middleburg, […]

Community

After almost fully retiring as Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Virginia Oyster Restoration and Fisheries Scientist, Tommy Leggett returned to his desired life as a waterman — aquaculture farming native oysters throughout the bay for his small scale oyster business, York River Oysters. Tommy spends his days working by the tides. At early morning high tide, […]

Community

To say that Captain Chris Newsome has salt water running through his veins would be an understatement. Having grown up on the water, Chris spent years fishing in the traditional style before seeking out fly fishing as a new challenge. The Captain helped pioneer the sport in Eastern Virginia as one of the area’s first saltwater fly fishing guides.   […]

Food/Drink

In keeping with modern traditions, we first discovered LONGOVEN via Instagram – their gorgeously composed plates and sophisticatedly curated feed instantly caught our eye (and stomach). LONGOVEN comprises a trio: Chefs Patrick Phelan and Andrew Manning, and Pastry Chef (Dominique Ansel mentee) Megan Fitzroy Phelan; and while they don’t currently have a permanent brick-and-mortar home, […]

Food/Drink

If you consider yourself an advanced drinker, you may approach moonshine with a bit of resistance and trepidation. Who hasn’t heard of the many terrifying stories from crazy uncle Cletus about going down the rabbit hole with a jar of rotgut? When we discovered locally-distilled Belle Isle Craft Spirits we were intrigued by its updated […]

Travel

Resting an easy hour-and-a-half drive’s west of Richmond, Charlottesville is both, at times, a big town and a small city. On the surface, this college town looks quaint, forever indebted to Thomas Jefferson for putting a world-class university at the doorstep of the Blueridge. Although the University is certainly an active member in shaping the […]

Travel

In a perfect world, we’d all be able to drop everything and spend a few months hiking the Appalachian Trail. Although hiking for a couple of months might not be an option, a day hike is certainly doable. Fortunately, a two hour drive west from Richmond, VA will take you to the heart of the […]

Travel

“If, in Virginia, we may point with justifiable pride to our fire control record, our ability to do so is due in no small measure to the effective service rendered by our Lookout Watchmen.” – Handbook for Lookout Watchmen, 1948. Fifteen pages long, the Handbook for Lookout Watchmen is a quick read. Five of those […]