My good friends over at Garden & Gun magazine are making it really easy for me to kick off my Christmas shopping. Their latest publication is a heart-warming collection of stories told by some of the country’s best writers about man’s best friend. Inspired by the magazine’s popular column, “Good Dog”, the book includes relatable tales of canine love, loyalty, and loss. For dog lovers, it’s the ultimate read and the perfect gift. Even non-dog lovers will find the stories humorous, engaging and maybe even revealing as implied in the quote below:
“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” – Woodrow Wilson
Our “good dogs” Abbey and Scout.
Jack and Scout. Both little but both with big paws.
Sweet Abbey, our twelve- year-old part Lab/Golden Retriever.
Scout, our three-year-old English Golden Retriever, loves to pose for the camera.
Photo by courtesy of Rob Howard and Garden and Gun Magazine
Thanks to the folks at Garden and Gun for bringing a smile to my face with their post of warm-weather photos. We are bracing for two more winter storms this weekend and I desperately need the virtual dose of vitamin-D. Their slide show features one of my happy places–Islamorada, Florida. After you soak up their lovely photos, check out some of my own shots from my favorite winter escape:
G&G’s inaugural celebration of Southern tastemakers was a huge success. It was held in Charles Towne Landing, a 663-acre state park which preserves the site of the first English settlement in South Carolina. The natural setting was the perfect backdrop for bringing the pages of the magazine to life with experiences such as fly-fish instruction, a litter of adorable Boykin Spaniel puppies and insanely good Rodney Scott BBQ.
For four years, the magazine has hosted a Made In The South competition, allowing many of the region’s most talented artisans to showcase their crafts. This year, G&G brought the winners together to form a marketplace just in time for the holidays. From trunk shows featuring creative leather goods and one-of-a-kind sporting gear to tents filled with fascinating antiques and mouthwatering Southern-made foods, the folks at G&G set the bar high for next year.
For the third year in a row, Charleston has been selected as America’s favorite city by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.
In this month’s issue, Charleston native Christian L. Wright asks herself the same question I ask every time I visit the Holy City: why don’t I live here?
Backed by hometown credentials and an honest perspective, the author paints a beautiful portrait of this jewel of the South. You can check out the article here.
It’s a timely read as I sit on a runway waiting for my flight to Charleston. My daughter and I are on the way to Garden & Gun’s Jubilee, a holiday event celebrating the best of the South. It will also be my daughter’s first time in Charleston. I’m so excited to be sharing this city that I love with her. And if she is anything like her mother, she will feel tugs on her Southern heart strings and start wishing she lived here too.
This week I found myself in a state of Southern bliss at Billy Reid‘s hip Soho clothing store hanging with friends, eating fried chicken and deviled eggs and drinking Kentucky bourbon. Not exactly a typical night in Gotham, but then again it is not every night Garden and Gun magazine has a launch party in Manhattan for their recently published The Southerner’s Handbook.
Photo courtesy of Billy Reid
The rustic setting adorned with Billy Reid’s fabulous clothing line and leather creations set the scene perfectly for the southern bites provided by Seersucker, the Brooklyn-based restaurant which has been satisfying southerly cravings for years.
The featured book, a tutorial on Southern culture starts by discussing why our culinary heritage matters and ends with what lies beneath the Great Southern Novel.
So whether you were are born and bred below the Mason-Dixon Line or just somewhat intrigued by your friends who were, this guidebook is a must.