Entertaining traditions excel at the Biltmore Estate
By Charles W. Waring III
South Carolina’s historical summer mountain playground is also the sight of the nation’s largest private home. Rooted deeply in their DNA, readers understand intimately that the mountains of Western North Carolina have delighted Lowcountry citizens for decades — long before George Washington Vanderbilt III completed his 250-room Biltmore House in 1895. Nonetheless, drawn by the same natural beauty and climatic advantages as the visitor staying at the Old Mill in nearby Flat Rock, Vanderbilt and his team turned a vision into the ultimate retreat and one that could be sustainable as a business.
Friesland: A Dutch garden delight
By Louisa Cameron
“But the tulips won’t be blooming,” remarked an acquaintance when I told her that my husband, Price and I were joining The American Horticultural Society on a study tour of gardens in the Netherlands this past June.
Butter, beef breakout beyond belated
By Peg Moore
Kale and quinoa may grab a lot of culinary headlines, but surveys show it is steak and burgers that are actually increasing dramatically in popularity and flavor. A good steak has traditionally starred at celebrations, but, in recent years, it is popular for everyday dining as well.
A history lesson we must remember
By Stuart Kaufman
Certain statements embody truths so universal that they become clichés as a result of continual repetition. One of these universal clichés, attributed to philosopher George Santayana, is this: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” An anonymous cartoonist/philosopher finished the thought by saying that “[t]hose who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it.” Today, I find myself often screaming into the wind (this is a family publication) because I can remember the past and yet I am helpless in the face of the feckless repetition of avoidable idiocies.
No holding back about withholding
By Prioleau Alexander
If there’s one thing that could radically transform America, it would be the elimination of the system by which the government “withholds” the taxes you owe from your paycheck. No more “take home pay” versus “gross pay.” You’d get paid all the money you earned and then you’d turn around and write a check to the government for “their” portion.