Elizabeth Hutchison

A Master Class in Floral Design

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMay 14, 2015

Maybe you’re a spring bride and want to do your own flowers for your big day. Or perhaps you’re thinking about ditching a corporate gig and making a career in the floral business. Or maybe you just like puttering in the garden shed. Whatever your motivation, floral designers Heather Barrie of Gathering Floral + Event Design and Anne Dabney of Stems can help.

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First Look: Inside a Historic Beaufort, SC, Inn

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMay 12, 2015

Amy and Frank Lesesne didn’t set out to be innkeepers. But they did want live in Beaufort, South Carolina. The couple fell in love with the Lowcountry hamlet after a brief visit, and vowed to return when their kids were grown. They didn’t last that long though, and two years ago, after Frank sold his business, they uprooted their life in Atlanta and set a course for the coast. The hospitality business, and by extension Anchorage 1770 (to open in June), seemed a logical step toward making a life in Beaufort.

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Back-Road Trip: Outer Banks Scenic Byway

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineApril 30, 2015

A narrow two-lane ribbon of asphalt, NC 12 winds its way across North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a slender string of isolated barrier islands that stand sentinel off the coast—in some places more than thirty miles from the mainland they protect. The historic roadway—it wasn’t paved until 1950—is flanked by lush tidal marshes and pristine sounds on one side and towering dunes, deserted beaches, and the wide-open Atlantic on the other. There are two national seashores, two national wildlife refuges, and four historic lighthouses. In between, you’ll find tiny maritime villages are anchored by locally owned businesses with hardly a chain in sight. Before summer chokes the path with eager vacationers, hit the road and discover the region’s unique history and heritage for yourself.

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Your Spring/Summer Music Festival Calendar

By Elizabeth HutchisonSouthern SoundsApril 17, 2015

Down South we don’t need much of an excuse to put on a festival. Just about anything will do. There’s the annual hollerin’ contest in North Carolina; the Road Kill Cook-off and Harvest Festival in West Virginia; and events dedicated to every fruit and veggie ever grown in Southern soil. When it comes to music, though, Southerners drop the silly and pull in some serious talent, rolling out an impressive lineup of world-class festivals as soon as the weather warms up. Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tennessee, and Hangout Fest, the three-day beachside blowout, in Gulf Shores, Alabama, are the schedule titans, but if neon tank tops and glow sticks aren’t your thing either, there are plenty of other great outdoor music-fest options for the rest of us.

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The Masters by the Numbers

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthApril 9, 2015

If the neighborhoods surrounding G&G’s Charleston offices are any indication, the famous azaleas over at Augusta National should be peaking right as the Masters practice rounds come to a close and golf’s biggest names tee off for tournament play. But the florescent pink flowers (and those pro athletes) are only part of the allure. Like Wimbledon and the Kentucky Derby, the Masters is built on tradition, and that means lots of history and plenty of quirks. Below, we run down a bit of both, by the numbers…

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Three New Spring Weekend Retreats

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineApril 8, 2015

Even if you left weeklong spring breaks behind in college, any one of these three new and recently renovated art-centric hotels merit at least a three-day weekend away.

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New Orleans Revives a Historic Marketplace

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMarch 19, 2015

There are plenty of outlets for great food in New Orleans—raw bars, seafood shacks, produce stands, patisseries, cocktail temples, and coffee shops with strong sustainably sourced brews. On April 10 when the historic St. Roch Market finally reopens for business you’ll find all that—and a whole lot more—in one place.

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Back-Road Trip: Highway 98 (Tallahassee to Apalachicola)

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMarch 13, 2015

The route: Start in Tallahassee and head south on FL 363 for about fifteen miles before hanging a right onto US 98-W to Apalachicola. 

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This Weekend: Civil Rights Photography

By Elizabeth HutchisonA Southern FocusMarch 4, 2015

This Saturday (March 7) marks the 50th anniversary of the first Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights, or “Bloody Sunday” as it came to be known after hundreds of unarmed protestors were attacked by state troopers while attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Televised images of the confrontation shocked the nation. Stark photographs appeared on the front pages of newspapers. In this moment and throughout the Civil Rights movement, photographers played a pivotal role in the struggle—bringing the conflict to life in living rooms, classrooms, and boardrooms around the world.

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My Town (Mardi Gras Edition): Julia Reed's NOLA

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineFebruary 14, 2015

G&G contributor and High and Low columnist Julia Reed left New York City in 1991 on assignment to cover the Louisiana governor’s race in New Orleans. Twenty-four years, five books, and one home renovation later, she’s still calls the Crescent City home. The consummate hostess and self-avowed avid eater and drinker, Reed agreed to help us navigate the city during the height of Mardi Gras season—like a local. Her first piece of advice: “Pick a geographic location. And then abandon all hope of getting around except for on foot.” If you decide to stake your claim in the French Quarter this weekend, follow Reed’s lead.

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