By Design: Great outdoors

– Add these elements to improve outdoor living spaces for epic entertaining – The popularity of outdoor living spaces has been growing steadily for years, especially at Lake Oconee, where homeowners are able to capitalize on lake or golf views from these incorporated spaces. A recent study from the home remodeling and design platform Houzz…

In the Spirit: Honoring Georgia Wines

– Winners of this year’s Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge to be revealed at Gala in Athens – Many consumers think it’s fun to be a judge at a wine competition, but it’s work. Lots of work. Not a lot of fuss and feathers, just work. You finish tired and hoping you’ve done right by the…

Backyard Traveler: History, Hollywood, and Hauntings

 – Known for its film locations, historic Covington belies a spooky spirit world showcased through its ghost tours – It was an appropriately ominous and stormy night as we headed west along I-20 to the town well-known for its hospitality to film crews from the “Dukes of Hazzard” to  “The Vampire Diaries.” However, being a…

The Dish: Signature Southern

– Mint Juleps Kitchen brings hometown hospitality and upscale dining to a comfortable corner in historic Madison – Written by Andrea Gable – Photographed by Jesse Walker – Last September, Madison’s historic buggy factory, just off Main Street, came alive once more as Mint Juleps Kitchen opened its doors and invited the community to enjoy…

In the Spirit: Julep 229

– The Place celebrates spring with addition of blueberry julep to seasonal cocktail menu – Written by Leara Rhodes – Photographed by Justin Evans – Perhaps no other cocktail better symbolizes classy sipping in the South, especially around Derby Day, than the mint julep. Frosty cups, brimming with ice and anchored by bourbon, satisfy on…

Georgia’s Bourbon Trail

– Written by Kathleen Mansfield – Known as “America’s Native Spirit,” bourbon has been around since the late 1700s. In the last decade or so it has seen a resurgence in Georgia and across the South, aided by the growing popularity of craft breweries and the “buy local” movement. There is a saying that “All…

Fox Family Home Build

– Be the Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc., readies to break ground on Fox Family Home Build Project – Photographed by Brandy Angel – When Brandy Angel first met Cadence Fox and her family in 2015, she was nine years old and had just been diagnosed with two germinoma brain tumors. She was given just six…

Hanging Beauties

– Steffen Thomas Museum hosts an exhibition of work by members of the Lake Oconee Quilt Guild – Written by Clare Wolfe – The history of America can be seen in the history of quilts – in the rich heritage of artisans who have painstakingly created practical and beautiful pieces of living art. This art…

Blossoming Knowledge

– 10 Tips After 40 Years of Gardening – Written by Barbie Colvin – We gardeners are shaped by the gardeners we meet along the way. We share experiences, compare stories, and adjust our practices based on what we’ve seen, heard, and learned from others. I’ve been gardening for more than 40 years and have…

Showcase of Literary Arts

– Georgia Writers Museum spotlights Hall of Fame authors with quarterly book club. – Written by Vickie Spivey “He’s a good boy, he takes instruction well; I just can’t think of enough things to tell him not to do.” Ferrol Sams, Run with the Horseman If you are an avid reader or writer, one-liners from…