February 2012 Issue


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In the February 2012 issue of Virginia Living we welcome winter with open arms. From the glowing Rumford fireplace on our front cover—featured in our story about Whimsey Meadow, the Manakin Sabot home made of two beautifully converted barns—to our carefully constructed itineraries for weekend winter mini-breaks at three of the region’s most iconic mountain resorts. We offer suggestions for perfect wild game dishes—because food tastes better if you’ve gone out into the cold and caught it yourself!—and meet the Mennonites of Shenandoah Valley, whose lifestyle is both more and less modern than you may expect. We also pay homage to Virginia’s first “Top Doc,” Walter Reed, by telling the story of how he helped cure both typhoid and yellow fever, and pay a visit to The Plains to hear how that island of nature in Northern Virginia is keeping the big box stores and suburban developers at bay. Also inside: Shaka Smart, hot resort wear for the winter, movie producer Kathleen Kennedy, rethinking poison ivy, a Navy wedding in an Army church, a Martin Luther King Jr. poster contest, the “passive preservation” of the Commonwealth’s lost communities and much more, including skinny dipping!

Virginia’s All-Time “Top Doc.” Read more



Kip Dawkins

Wild game dishes that will whet your winter appetite! Read more



A New Year’s resolution reveals more than one writer expects. Read more

The Rail Stop

Adam Ewing

Keeping it simple is no small task in the modest town of The Plains. Read more


Smnart Moves

Adam Ewing

Adam Ewing took some courtside photography of VCU Head Men's Basketball Coach Shaka Smart for our February 2012 issue profile. Read more


Mennonites Buggy

Robb Scharetg

Guy Schum shows us the world of the Mennonites of the Shenandoah Valley. Read more

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