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Northwestern Gem

Why Idaho? For years, there was a 500-piece picture puzzle of the Sawtooth Mountains, which I’d found in my parents’ cabin in New Hampshire. Sawtooth. I thought the name sounded cool and dangerous. My wife, meanwhile, had visited Idaho in the ’90s: Whenever I rhapsodized about the California Rockies, she …

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Inside & Out

By its very definition, natural beauty should be the easiest thing in the world to achieve. But let’s be honest—most of us don’t wake up in the morning with the healthy, glowing skin and gorgeous hair we’ve come to associate with a laid-back look. The secret to such easy-breezy beauty, …

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Best Laid Plans

  When Baltimore developer Jim Rouse secretly started gobbling up thousands of acres of Howard County farmland in 1962, he was 48 years old and known nationally as a champion of urban renewal. He’d already developed the first enclosed shopping mall in the East, at Harundale in Glen Burnie, and …

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On Its Own Merritt

With a fresh rebrand that brings all Merritt companies under a single identity, Merritt Clubs drops its middle name, “Athletic,” to make the gym feel more like a destination than an obligation. “People belong to clubs,” says Marketing Director Donyel Cerceo. Post-renovation, the Canton location will have an indoor pool …

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Model Citizen

Jamie Smith, Towson stay-at-home mother of three, claims she’s most comfortable in jeans or workout clothes. But she strikes a mighty confident pose in this fitted, off-the-shoulder blouse and funky mini skirt, admitting the photo shoot was “a ton of fun”—she even ended up purchasing the top she modeled at …

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Southern Rising

Seeking mental and gastronomic stimulation, the wife and I recently pointed the car south towards the Capital for a long-weekend getaway. You know, where we could stroll the storied corridors of columned government buildings or wander a sprawling art museum. And when our stomachs rumbled, we could drift into any …

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Hair Apparent

I can’t remember when I stopped getting my hair cut on a regular basis by a professional. It might have been  apathy instilled by the inexorable hegemony of male-pattern baldness, leading me to reason it was kind of pointless to worry about what’s going on under my hat, plus maybe …

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Trippin’ Out

There are many ways to take a trip: in your head, your heart, via airplane. You can trip on the sidewalk, you can trip on drugs, you can trip up your friends … you can trip out on just about anything. My favorite trips are the ones where I am …

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Hearty Helping

Any restaurant opening is a big deal: a hopeful, creative and occasionally chaotic attempt to invent a place that nourishes the community. But the stakes feel higher for the team behind the Light House Bistro, the newest arrival to Annapolis’ downtown dining scene. The launch of the 50-seat eatery at …

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Reality Star: 6 Questions for Josh Rosenstein

“Farm-to-table” is something of a buzz phrase these days, but Josh Rosenstein is a true believer. The Israeli-American has worked extensively in organic farming, nurseries, permaculture and sustainability and, after several years as the farm director at Pearlstone Center, decided to launch his own sustainable business in 2014. Edible Eden …

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Pearl Visionary

Spring has sprung, and it may be tempting to go reaching for the strappy sandals, cork wedges and easy espadrilles that have been sitting in storage since last summer. But why not step out of your comfort zone … and into these daring derbies from British designer Nicholas Kirkwood? The …

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Bluegrass Roots, Revived

Launched by famed bluegrass singer-guitarist-banjo player Del McCoury in 2008, DelFest sprawls over four days in bucolic Western Maryland, hosting a bevy of world-class folk, gospel, jam band, newgrass and, naturally, bluegrass musicians. This year’s lineup boasts the Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, Béla Fleck and Chris Thile, Leftover Salmon, …

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