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Former alt-weekly editor turned content marketer and moonlight freelancer. Food, drinks, travel, and art are just a few of my favorite things to write about.

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24 Hours of Drinking in Richmond, Virginia :: Travel :: Features :: cocktails :: Paste

From craft coffee roasters and a moonshine distillery to a bevy of breweries, here’s how to drink your way through Virginia’s capital city in 24 hours.

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Instagram heirlooms: Carving out a sacred corner of the Internet for my son

I’m 32, part of a generation that is caught between a childhood that was documented with film and the digital world my son inhabits. I feel guilty about my attachment to my iPhone, about spending too much time on social media and about what might be perceived as oversharing. I also feel nostalgia for the tangible photographs and albums of my youth.

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The Beer Lover's Guide to Baltimore | Hotel Indigo

Baltimore has long had a love affair with beer. The flames of that romance sparked back in 1885, when National Bohemian first started producing beer in the Charm City. Since that time, more and more brewers have followed suit and set up shop in the city for an urban landscape peppered with breweries, brewpubs and beer gardens.
Since you can spend endless hours discovering new suds and their purveyors, we’ve culled a few of our favorite spots to take a swig of Baltimore’s ever-evolving beer scene.

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Take A Sip of Baltimore's Brewing Craft Coffee Scene

Baltimore may not be the first city you think of when you think world-class coffee — your mind probably goes straight to Seattle, or maybe even Portland. But Baltimore is brewing up a coffee culture that is quickly rivaling both of those cities.
Over the last few years, the city has added a slew of craft coffee shops that put a fresh new spin on the classic cup of joe. Here are six of our favorites for you to get that caffeine buzz near Hotel Indigo.

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The Ideal Vacation Rental Home for Millennials, Boomers and Beyond

As more people decide they want to travel the world on their own terms, private vacation home rentals have become more popular than ever. From home-sharing sites to luxury vacation rentals, travelers of all ages are choosing to create a more customized approach to vacationing—and it’s shaking up the traditional hotel model.

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Like Father, Like Son: How Modern Dads Are Carrying On Father's ...

A new dad’s first Father’s Day can feel like a major milestone in his fatherhood journey. Whether he’s still in those sleep-deprived newborn days or watching his firstborn take his or her first steps, the inaugural Father’s Day celebration is almost like the world saying, “Congratulations: You’re officially a member of the Dad’s Club.”

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Exploring the Hills and Valleys of Virginia’s Cider Trail

If you want to find craft cider in Virginia, all you have to do is follow the trail of the apples. For generations, the commonwealth’s orchards have been scattered along the peaks and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains range, which extends from the northern tip of the state all the way to the North Carolina border. The region’s climate, soil and sunshine have helped apples thrive here for hundreds of years—so much so that the mountains were known as the “Apple Belt” in the early 1900s. And Virginia’s growing crop of cidermakers has taken notice.

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What’s new (and old) in Richmond, Virginia’s newly trendy capital - The Washington Post

What’s new (and old) in Richmond, Virginia’s newly...

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Restaurant Review: Craving Kaedama

Tucked within a brownstone-lined block in VCU’s urban campus, Shoryuken Ramen serves up Japanese-style soul food to college kids and locals alike.

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Your Room Key: Quirk Hotel, Richmond, Virginia :: Travel :: Features ...

It’s hard to believe that Richmond’s new 60,000-square-foot boutique hotel started out as a humble two-room art gallery. The Quirk Hotel, which opened its doors in September, is impressive in its scale—75 sleek, chic guest rooms are spread across seven stories in an Italian Renaissance building that once housed an upscale department store.

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The House on the Hill

Matt and Alicia Conrad were living in a 900-square-foot cottage in Church Hill when they first set their sights on their dream home. Located a few blocks west in Union Hill, just across the street from Jefferson Park, the turn-of-the-century, Queen Anne-style home had sat boarded up and vacant for years before hitting the market in 2012.

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The Seven Cardinal Sins of Infertility

I’d never paid much attention to Kim Kardashian, but that all changed last summer when she opened up about her troubles getting pregnant. Suddenly Mrs. Kanye West and I briefly had something in common: We both desperately wanted a baby, but things weren’t going according to plan.

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That's the Spirit: Moonshine and Cheese

Rona Sullivan grew up in the mountains near Franklin County, Va.—known as the Moonshine Capital of the World. Today, she wraps her Moonshine goat’s milk cheese with cornhusks soaked in the high-octane hooch of her home county, resulting in tangy curds with a kick of white lightning.

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10 Affordable Airbnbs in Brussels, Belgium

As the capital of the European Union, Brussels has a reputation for being buttoned-up and a tad boring. While you could spend all of your euros visiting the city’s bohemian bourgeois hotspots, there’s an affordable side to Brussels, if you know where to look.

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10 Affordable Airbnbs in Porto, Portugal :: Travel :: Lists :: Paste

Porto has its share of trendy hotels that cost $100-plus per night, but by renting an apartment, you can experience life in the heart of the historic city for right around $50 a night.