December 2017 Issue


In the December issue of Virginia Living, we celebrate our 15th anniversary with recipes for sophisticated seasonal cookies and ideas for gifting them with flair. We meet New York City Ballet principal dancer Teresa Reichlen from Clifton and learn about her unconventional rise to the top of one of the country’s most recognized companies, and luthier Marty Fair whose workshop tucked into the woods near Purcellville is the antithesis of our go-go have-to-have-it-now Amazon world. We discover Legume Kitchen & Bar, a new restaurant in Fredericksburg serving a plant-based menu that even a carnivore will love, and we learn about the many ways that Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk incorporates the community into its programming. We also feature a visit to the Esmont-Greenfields Field Trial Club’s spring test, where we meet the canine competitors, breeders and handlers at the vanguard of the state’s horseback shooting dog trial community, and we introduce you to the 16 winners of our 2017 Made in Virginia Awards. Plus, we present our Top Hospital Awards, featured in our special annual supplement Hospitals & Health Care, recognizing more than 40 hospitals and their medical teams at work every day providing us with the highest quality care. Pick up a December 2017 issue today!

Let your imagination take flight with inspired ideas for presenting homemade cookies and treats, the most timeless of gifts. Read more


As a kid, the author's wrapping skills were notoriously horrible, especially compared with his three sisters'. Read more

Culture 36 Comments

With their range of growth forms, leaves and berries, hollies put on a spectacular show this season. Read more

House + Garden 3 Comments

Horseback shooting dog trials test a gun dog’s wit and will, but even the most steady to wing and shot can give in to temptation. A bird can be irresistible, after all. Read more


Defying expectations at every step in her career, Teresa Reichlen’s path as a dancer has been anything but typical. Read more


Recipes to cap off the end of a long day of field trialing. Read more

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Fredericksburg's new Legume Kitchen and Bar offers a healthy plant-based menu without the green hype. Read more

Food 1 Comments

The first emperor of China's terracotta army makes a stop in Richmond. Read more

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New Wytheville exhibition highlights Edith Bolling Wilson’s involvement in White House affairs. Read more

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16 standout products created with passion, integrity and above all, quality craftsmanship. These are Virginia makers at their best. Read more


Amtrak extends its rail service in Virginia. Read more

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Tesla opens second Virginia store. Read more

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Virginia Stage Company pushes the envelope of regional theater. Read more


Made in Virginia 2017 Awards - Overall Winner Read more


Drink winners. Read more

Food winners. Read more

Design winners. Read more

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