Horse Country Chic at Salamander Resort & Spa

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  By Kate Nelson It doesn’t get more picturesque than Salamander Resort & Spa. Just an hour from the nation’s capital, the sprawling 340-acre estate sits at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in America’s horse and hunt capital, Middleburg, Virginia. The equestrian theme is carried throughout the luxe property, from the horses grazing in their[...]

How to Picnic Like a Pro

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By Chris Plantan | Photography by 2nd truth Nothing says summer quite like a picnic. If you want to venture farther afield than the comfort of your own patio, you’ll need a basket (or, as the Brits like to say, a hamper). The English are the greatest of picnickers, so it’s only appropriate to look across the pond for some inspiration. Whether you’re go[...]

AL Picks: Summertime Spots

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The Artful Living team answers: What’s your favorite summertime spot in the North? Kailee Washburn, Wisconsin: This little town on the big lake is the perfect place for a weekend escape from the city. Emma Kenwood Park, Minneapolis: Nothing beats summer in the city. Jill Madeline Island, Wisconsin: The moment you drive onto [...]

From Montreal to Duluth via Inland Sea

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By Porter Fox The waiting room at St. Lambert Lock in Montreal looks out at a quarter mile of chain-link fence, six security camera towers, a blaze-orange derrick and a guardhouse. There, three armed men stare at a 750-foot stretch of placid, blue-green water waiting to lift 33,000-ton freighters up along the St. Lawrence Seaway. The lock is part of[...]

Travel Artfully: Duluth

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Situated along the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth has long been a beloved Minnesota getaway. Here are our favorite Zenith City stops. A short drive from Duluth, Larsmont is the ideal spot to set up home base. The waterfront cottages offer stillness and solitude. This acclaimed eatery serves up incredible fare in a laidback atmosphere. Chec[...]

Justin Vernon Turns up the Volume in Eau Claire

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By Andrea Swensson It’s a Monday night in downtown Eau Claire, and the Lakely — the chic eatery and bar attached to the city’s newest hotel, the Oxbow — might be the most swinging little scene in Northwest Wisconsin. A row of college students sits at the back tables, penciling in notations on sheet music while waiting for their turn on stage, where Univer[...]