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A 2023 Journey Bucket Listing – Backyard & Gun

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Island Getaway

Harbor Island within the Bahamas has at all times been on my hit listing. And this feels just like the 12 months to make it occur. Little question I will ask my good friend and proprietor of Southern Soul Barbeque Griffin Bufkin for a cheat sheet of must-dos. In response to Bufkin, who has been visiting the island frequently for sixteen years, December is pleasant with cooler temps, good fishing, and Junkanoo in full swing.
—David DiBenedetto, editor-in-chief


Candy Dwelling Atlanta

I beloved dwelling in Atlanta from 2004 to 2012, however I have not been again for a superb lengthy go to shortly. This spring, my husband and I plan to go there to see our pricey mates and cram in as a lot good consuming and consuming as potential. I am desirous to attempt new (to me) spots like Twisted Soul and Redbird, and revisit previous favorites corresponding to Brick Retailer Pub, Miller Union, and Muss & Turner’s. And seize an old school and govt chef Sam Davis’s Creole tackle shrimp and grits on the Backyard & Gun Membership, after all.
—Amanda Heckert, govt editor


Nature Immersion

I flip forty this 12 months…on the very END of this 12 months…and I’ve already flagged my birthday escape. I would like to carry my household to the Lodge on Little St. Simons Islanda distant eco-retreat accessible by boat, and mark a brand new decade by ditching screens, stargazing, shell searching, and absorbing the serenity that’s the Georgia coast in winter.
—Elizabeth Florio, digital editor


An Epic Tennessee Music Venue

This 12 months I would prefer to lastly see a live performance at the Caverns in Grundy County, Tennessee, which hosts exhibits underground in an precise cave. it received G&G‘s Favourite Southern Music Venue bracket final 12 months, and I’ve lengthy wished to expertise its otherworldly acoustics for myself. In Might the venue is internet hosting a music pageant, Experience the Tide, with some nice performers, together with Lucero, the North Mississippi Allstars, and Ruthie Foster.
—Dave Mezz, deputy editor


Artwork Arrival

I like visiting Richmond—subsequent to Asheville and Charleston, it is one in every of my favourite artistic Southern cities. As a painter, I discover a lot inspiration in RVA’s museums (just like the VMFA and the Institute for Modern Artwork at VCU) or simply strolling throughout the historic neighborhoods just like the Fan. This time round, I actually need to take a look at the Nationwide (and perhaps see the upcoming Andrew Chook present!) and Studio Two Three, a community-run print and visible arts studio and store that simply expanded into a brand new area.
—Gabriela Gomez-Misserian, digital producer


The Hills Are Alive

Having visited the quaint villages and fields of Switzerland As soon as earlier than, I can not wait to expertise the jaw-dropping views of the nation as soon as once more. Lucerne is surrounded by the spectacular mountain peaks of the Alps and affords journeys on foot and cog railways, plus lovely boats and scenic drives that shall be accompanied by numerous native goodies and cheese.
—Caroline Renee Henderson, editorial intern

photograph: Caroline Renee Henderson

Large Birthday Bash

This spring, I am touring to Italy with my household to have a good time a milestone birthday for my mother. (Don’t be concerned, Mother, I will not say how previous you’re.) Whereas the Italian meals inside strolling distance from my home in Charleston is fabulous—I am you, Melfi’s, Renzo, and Le Farfalle—I ‘m so excited for all of the pizza, pasta, and naturally, wine, awaiting me there.
—Caroline Sanders Clements, affiliate editor

photograph: Gabriela Gomez-Misserian

Venice, Italy.


Two Adventures

I’ve acquired two locations on my shortlist: First, Mountain for fly fishing and climbing. The perfect time is late summer time for a reprieve from the Lowcountry humidity. Second, the Western coast of France, particularly cap ferretan off-the-cuff space the place you possibly can bike from city to city, scale big sand dunes, eat native oysters, drink rosé, and surf.
—Margaret Houston Dominick, photograph editor


Cliffside Cling

We’re wanting ahead to a visit out to Central Coast California this 12 months, close to Large Sur. Although we stay near the seaside in Charleston, the towering, craggy ocean cliffs are such a stark distinction to our sand dunes within the Lowcountry. The hikes alongside the shoreline are breathtaking and also you by no means know what wildlife you may see—final time we noticed sea otters and some migrating humpbacks.
—Emily Day by day, e-newsletter editor


Black Belt Journey

I’m dreaming of a street journey by means of Alabama and Mississippi with a give attention to three issues: artwork, gardens, and meals. My inspiration, and hopefully my information: chef Scott Peacock, with whom I’ve wished to take a biscuit-making class ever since we printed this piece. Flour-y fingers crossed, that is the 12 months.
—CJ Lotz, senior editor


Runner’s World

I lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, a few years in the past, and may’t wait to see the way it’s modified. Wanting ahead to visiting the new-to-me breweries round Central Avenue, taking a run alongside the St. Pete waterfront, and heading to the seaside at Go-a-Grille for a fried grouper sandwich or 4.
—Chris Kraft, head of digital


Texas Two Step

Two of my closest mates just lately moved to Texas, and whereas I am unhappy, I like any excuse to journey. This March, I will be going to Austinthen road-tripping to Dallas. I am an enormous foodie, so I am most excited for the (very completely different) meals scenes in every metropolis. Plus, I will take any excuse to interrupt out the cowboy boots.
—Ally Sloway, social media editor

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