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Thinking Out of the Box

By Erika Guess Spring/summer planting season is upon us. Container gardening is a fun way to liven up your outdoor spaces and make them pop, whether you’re decorating an entryway or accenting an entire yard. My mother is an avid…

Three Adventures on the Virginia Capital Trail

When it opened to pedal pushers and pedestrians alike in 2015, the hope was that the Virginia Capital Trail would be a route dedicated to recreation, healthy living—and, of course, history. The 51.7-mile, multi-use trail runs from Virginia’s past capital…

Local Energy Drinks for Pre-Workout Fuel

We all have days when our natural energy just isn’t enough. Sometimes we need a boost to take our sweat session to the next level—or just muster the motivation to get started. Thankfully, local brands are coming up with energy…

Southside Woodshop is Counter Intuitive

“I lost a bet,” Jud Dinsmore quipped when asked how he came to open The Southside Woodshop in Portsmouth, which specializes in custom solid wood countertops, butcher blocks, bar tops and tabletops. The truth is there was some winning and…

Indoor Climbing Gyms Rise in Popularity

If you want to see a skilled climber scale 56 feet of rock with ease, no need to head to the mountains. Instead, drive to the parking lot of Pembroke Mall. The floor-to-ceiling storefront windows of Latitude Climbing + Fitness…

A Conversation with Owner of Aloha Snacks Jesse Wykle

Jesse Wykle is a man on a mission. He officially opened his own restaurant, Aloha Snacks, in Virginia Beach in early 2018. Shortly after, he was contacted by the Food Network to compete on their popular cooking show Beat Bobby…

Open to the Possibilities of Floating Shelves

We’ve all seen fabulous floating shelving in design magazines and home décor displays, pristinely arranged with color-coordinated books and baubles. Nothing extra or out of place. The picture of well-curated minimalism. If you love the look but don’t know where…

Virginia Historic Garden Week is Still Growing Strong

For only the second time in its history, Virginia’s Historic Garden Week was cancelled last year when COVID-19 came calling. This year, however, the show will go on after months of careful planning. “We knew doing Historic Garden Week in…

Adding Green into Your Nutrition Routine

We’ve been told to “eat the rainbow” to achieve well-balanced nutrition, but it turns out concentrating on one particular shade can really color your life with good health and happiness. Yes, we mean greens. Kale, spinach and chard. Wheat grass,…

Gardening from Scratch

By Ashleigh Meyer The most difficult time of year for me as a gardener is the window between winter and spring, when the planting season is tantalizingly close, but the ground is still too frozen, and the last frost of…

A Hero and His Mutt

Spirit starts her day like any other high-energy yellow lab—running, playing, begging for attention from her owner. But once her service vest goes on, she’s all business. She sticks close to retired Navy Senior Chief Keith Dow as he makes…

Running with Rover

From 5Ks and marathons to everything in between, Kim “Rooster” Rossiter and his daughter Ainsley ran 100 races together during her life. When she passed away in 2016 from a rare neurological disorder, Rossiter kept on running … and running.…

Unlock the Mysteries of The Ivy Hotel

Photos courtesy of The Ivy Hotel I ascend to The Conservatory of The Ivy Hotel and am instantly struck by its grandeur. A roaring fire radiates through the space, illuminating both the panoramic view of the downstairs courtyard and a…

2020 Coastal Virginia Shop Local Guide

What better holiday season than 2020—this wild ride of a year—to eschew those mail-order mainstream gifts or big box store baubles in favor of shopping local for the ones you love? Imagine how much we could do for our local…

A Taste of Suffolk History at the Truitt House

Violet-eyed film icon Elizabeth Taylor knew how to make an entrance—on screen and off. In the grand foyer of the Truitt House in downtown Suffolk, I can’t help but imagine an impossibly bejeweled Taylor elegantly descending the shallow steps of the home's exquisite floating staircase. She may have done just…

Coastal Virginia Fall Foliage Trails

Autumn is easily my favorite season to be outdoors in Coastal Virginia. A much-needed reprieve from brutal humidity combined with not-too-cold-yet temperatures and trees ablaze in bright hues makes me giddier than a quad-shot pumpkin spice latte. Our region is…

2020 CoVa Idea House: Home Is Where the Harbor Is

Coco Chanel, the iconic post-WWI French fashion designer, once famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” As the award-winning team at Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods set about designing the Marina…

Photographer Darcy Cole Captures Virginia's Pony Herds

Photos courtesy of DSC Photography Darcy Cole takes off down a trail on Assateague Island in Virginia’s far northeastern corner. Here, she hunts horses. And when she sees one? She starts shooting. Over and over. With a camera. This photographer…