“Cradles to caskets” is the tagline of the Original Mast General Store, a North Carolina outfitter and country store that sells anything from licorice to hiking gear.
The store’s original owner, Henry Taylor, opened the Valle Crucis store in 1883, a time when general stores served as an important connector of farmers and those in need of their eggs, chickens, vegetables, and herbs. Over the years, Taylor kept expanding the size of the store to meet increasing demand. He passed away in 1899, but his son, Charles D. Taylor, kept the doors open.
There are two places to find authentic and memorable Balkan cuisine: One is in Belgrade, Serbia, and the other is in Washington DC.My hometown, The Nation’s Capital, is an American melting pot, thanks to the hundreds of embassies and international agencies headquartered here. Expats settle in the city and suburbs, some opening up restaurants to quench cravings for the flavors of their homeland. “Open it, and they will come,” is a common refrain among our global restauranteurs.
While many of Virginia’s more than 280 wineries are dog-friendly to some degree, there are a handful of vintners that roll out the red carpet—and the swimming pools and the doggie ice cream truck—for Fido! Most of the Old Dominion’s pet-friendly vineyards offer water bowls and doggie treats, but these five that go above and beyond to welcome your furry friend.
Breweries, wineries and more foodie stops dot the map between Los Angeles, California, and Seattle, Washington. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, which runs between the two cities and hugs much of the West Coast—and is billed as “one of the most spectacular of all train routes”—offers a compelling way to explore the region. The entire trip from the Los Angeles Central Terminal to Seattle Amtrak Station, or vice versa, takes 35 hours without stops, but to savor a taste of the West Coast plan a leisurely trip with multiple stops. As an example, you might hop off at these six stations to visit six unique independent breweries.
The pink boots area sign that this craft brewery employs something just a little different than most breweries.Rubber boots are a necessity for workers on the production floor of a brewery—but they’re most often black. At 515 Brewing Company in Des Moines, Iowa, Barbara Becker wears pink boots. The 35-year-old is the only female brewmaster in the state of Iowa and is a self-proclaimed nerd when it comes to the science of brewing great beer. “It’s never the same day and I’m always intrigued by the microbiology of what I do,” she says. “The yeasties do what the yeasties will do.”