Celebrating hometown

– Annual Cotton Gin Festival returns to bostwick – Every year, amid cotton fluff drifting in the air, a seemingly endless stream of tractors rolls through downtown Bostwick, Georgia – its streets lined with crisp white tents boasting various wares – as the Cotton King or Queen waves to thousands of onlookers enjoying the town’s…

Salvaging history

– The renovation of Central of Georgia Depot encapsulates Madison’s post-war history – Scribbled faintly across an old freight scale in the historic Central of Georgia Depot is the name, Bill Peacock. It’s one of many faded names written across planks and walls inside the freight room of the depot, which was built in 1901….

Exploring Indonesia

– Dive into the Coral Triangle, home to endangered coastal reefs – Written and photographed by Zoe Smith –  As the dive guide held up the “ok” signal, I signed back as I floated in the water, letting him know I was ready to go as the waves rocked me. He gave the thumbs-down, telling…

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…

Derby Day tradition

– Madison’s annual celebration races forward into lasting conservation – Written by Tia Lynn Ivey – Photographed by Josiah Connelly – Hailed as one of the top Derby Day celebrations in the nation, Madison’s annual celebration, which serves as the major fundraiser for the Madison-Morgan Conservancy, is raising the stakes this year. In lieu of…

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…