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Comfortable Elegance

Charleston’s newest luxury hotel was more than a decade in the making — and it was worth the wait. by Blake Miller When you live in Charlotte, driving-distance destinations such as Asheville and Charleston, South Carolina, tend to be frequent getaways. So when a new hotel opens in the heart of historic Charleston, interest is piqued. And for good reason:…

Glass in the Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden celebrates its 20th anniversary with a blockbuster exhibit. by Page Leggett China is the traditional gift for a 20th anniversary, while platinum is the modern choice. To commemorate its 20-year milestone, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is eschewing both. Instead, the Belmont destination plans to mark the occasion with the suggested modern gift for a third anniversary:…

Spirit of the Road

Ollie Mulligan finds that making award-winning whiskey is in his blood. By Jim Dodson   •   Photographs by Peter Taylor “Let’s have a test,” says Ollie Mulligan in his rich County Dublin brogue. “Try this and tell me what you think.” Standing in the elegant Broken Spoke bar adjacent to Mulligan’s Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, tucked away in…

The New Reality

Emily Maynard Johnson searched for love twice on national TV. She found it back in Charlotte, and four kids later, she’s finally living her dream — popsicles, bubbles, trampoline and all. by Caroline Portillo Photographer: Joseph Bradley Photography Wardrobe styling and production: Whitley Adkins Hamlin, the Queen City Style Hair and makeup: Patrice Clonts On Ricki: HVN Lindy dress, Coplon’s,…