April 2016 Issue


The April issue of Virginia Living features a visit to Fredericksburg, a 300-year-old city with a thriving arts scene, bourgeoning food culture, new retail and rapid development that blends history and modernity. We meet the families behind James River plantations, Berkeley, Shirley and Westover, who, for generations have shared a deep and abiding friendship as they maintain their historic estates for the future. We sojourn in Cuba, where, through a first of its kind kayaking tour on the Bay of Pigs and in Cienaga de Zapata National Park, we find a fresh view of the long-shuttered island nation. Also in this issue, five recipes for luxurious pasta dishes, dining at celebrity Chef Mike Isabella’s rustic Italian eatery Graffiato in D.C. and Richmond, Charlottesville’s Easton Porter Group and its expanding collection of luxury hospitality properties, Waterford’s historical cartographer Eugene Scheel, and Virginia Beach and Richmond’s Studio Center. Plus, bound-in supplement Health & Wellness 2016 where we meet Arlington’s YouTube star and power lifter Maxx Chewning, learn about hot fitness trend aerial yoga, share three super smoothie recipes, consider the lost art of convalescence and offer a guide to hotspots for all-terrain fitness around the state. Pick up your April 2016 issue today!

How will the growing and dynamic interplay of the arts, entrepreneurship, retail, dining and development change the future for this 300-year-old city? more


Eastern Shore sweet potatoes take New York by storm. more


UVA professor Thomas Bateman offers tips for staying healthy and motivated in the long term. more

Aug 1, 2016 8:55 AM Health

Thanks to our wildly divergent geography, we Virginians get to do it all in the great outdoors. Join us as we meet some of each region’s most devoted sportsmen who boulder, fish, kayak, mountain bike, race and surf their way to recreational bliss. more

Jul 26, 2016 6:00 AM Health

The latest round of “no cheat” fitness trends include aerial yoga, barre-centered classes, Navy SEAL workouts and the use of suspension trainers like TRX. more


The American College of Sports Medicine’s worldwide survey of fitness trends found that wearable technology is the number one trend for fitness in 2016. Here are some of our favorites. more


From zip line tours to white water rafting, thrill-then-chill experiences are turning spa days into the new extreme sport for 2016. more


Like a cross between a military concert, opening ceremonies at the Olympics and a grand circus parade, every spring the Virginia International Tattoo brings together more than 1,200 musicians and singers from around the world. more


The Homestead celebrates 250 years with culinary flair. more


Black Dog Salvage debuts a new product line. more


A Langley engineer provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of NASA’s early days. more


A curious tale of a stone pig, the OSS and a visit to Scottsville. more


Major and the Monbacks music may call back to the past—indeed, “Monbacks” is a play on “come on back”— but the band is young and ambitious enough to chafe at being pigeonholed. They’re just out of college, after all. more


A mutual love of gardening and herbs grew into a way of life for a Rockbridge County couple. more


Graffiato’s rustic Italian menu incorporates innovative throwbacks to Chef Mike Isabella’s New Jersey roots and captivates diners in D.C. and RVA. more


Studio Center may be Virginia’s best-kept secret, but the production company is about to start making some noise. more


Finding fact from folklore in the art of historical cartographer Eugene Scheel. more


The work of Rubin Peacock debuts in the VMFA sculpture garden. more

Why do we drag ourselves to work when we’re sick, rushing back into the fray and not allowing illness to run its course? more


Power lifter and YouTube sensation Maxx Chewning waxes on Internet stardom, food and living the fit life. more

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