2023 Travel Bucket List – Garden & Gun

Island exit

Harbor Island In the Bahamas Always on my hit list. And this feels like the year to make it happen. My friend and owner of Southern Soul Barbecue, Griffin Puffkin, is no doubt a must-do cheat sheet. According to Buffkin, who has been visiting the island regularly for sixteen years, December is blessed with cool weather, good fishing and Juncano in full swing.
– David DiBenedetto, editor-in-chief

Sweet Home Atlanta

I wanted to live Atlanta From 2004 to 2012, but I haven’t been back for a good long visit in a while. This spring, my husband and I plan to visit our dear friends and eat and drink as well as possible. I’m excited to try new (to me) spots like Twisted Soul and Redbird, and revisit old favorites like Brick Store Pub, Miller Union, and Muss & Turner’s. Grab veteran and executive chef Sam Davis’ Creole shrimp and grits at the Garden & Gun Club.
– Amanda Heckert, Managing Editor

Natural immersion

I’m turning forty this year… at the end of the year… and I’ve already flagged my birthday escapade. I want to bring my family Accommodation on Little St. Simons IslandA remote eco-retreat accessible by boat, and the quietness of the Georgia coast in winter screens out stargazing, shell hunting and heralding a new decade.
-Elizabeth Florio, Digital Editor

An epic Tennessee music venue

This year I finally want to see a concert Caves in Grundy County, Tennessee, which offers underground performances in a real cave. It won G&GA bracket of last year’s favorite South Indian music venue, and I’ve long wanted to experience its otherworldly acoustics for myself. In May, the venue hosts a music festival called Ride the Tide, with some of the top performers including Lucero, the North Mississippi Allstars and Ruthie Foster.
– Dave Mays, Associate Editor

Visit Art

I love visiting Richmond– Next to Asheville and Charleston, it’s one of my favorite creative southern cities. As a painter, I find great inspiration in RVA’s museums (like the VMFA and the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU) or walking through historic neighborhoods like Fane. At the moment, I really want to check out the National (and see the upcoming Andrew Bird Show!) and Studio Two Three, a community-run print and visual arts studio and shop.
-Gabriela Gomez-Missarian, digital producer

The mountains are alive

Visited beautiful villages and fields Switzerland Once before, I can’t wait to experience the country’s jaw-dropping views once again. Lucerne is surrounded by the impressive mountain peaks of the Alps and offers hikes and trips on cog railways, as well as beautiful boats and scenic drives with lots of local chocolates and cheeses.
– Carolyn Renee Henderson, editorial intern

Photo: Caroline Renee Henderson

Big Birthday Bash

This spring, I’m traveling Italy With my family to celebrate a milestone birthday for my mom. (Don’t worry, Mom, I won’t tell you how old you are.) The Italian food within walking distance of my house in Charleston is great—I’m looking at you, Melfi, Renzo, and Le Farfalle—I’ve got pizza, pasta, and wine waiting for me there.
– Carolyn Sanders Clements, Associate Editor

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Photo: Gabriela Gomez-Miserian

Venice, Italy.

Two adventures

There are two places on my shortlist: first, Montana Fly fishing and hiking. Late summer is the best time to escape the Lowcountry humidity. Second, the west coast of France, in particular Hat ferretYou can bike from town to town, scale giant sand dunes, eat local oysters, drink rosé and surf.
— Margaret Houston Dominique, photography editor

Cliffside Hang

We are looking forward to a trip Central Coast California This year, near Big Sur. Although we live close to the beach in Charleston, the high, rugged sea cliffs are a stark contrast to our sand dunes in the lowlands. The walks along the beach are breathtaking and you never know what wildlife you might see—last time we saw sea otters and some migrating humpbacks.
— Emily Dailey, newsletter editor

Black Belt Travel

I dream of a road trip Alabama and Mississippi It focuses on three things: art, gardens and food. My mentor with my inspiration and confidence: Chef Scott Peacock, I’ve wanted to take a biscuit-making class since we published this piece. Dough-y fingers crossed, this year.
-CJ Lotz, Senior Editor

Runner’s World

I lived St. Petersburg, Florida, years ago, can’t wait to see how it’s changed. We look forward to visiting the new breweries around Central Avenue, running along the St. Pete waterfront, going to Pas-a-Grill Beach and eating a fried grouper sandwich or four.
– Chris Croft, Head of Digital

Texas step two

Two of my closest friends recently moved to Texas, and when I’m sad, I love any excuse to travel. This March, I’m going AustinThen the road trip Dallas. I’m a huge foodie, so I’m really excited for the (very different) food scenes in each city. Also, I’ll take any excuse to break out the cowboy boots.
-Allie Slowey, Social Media Editor

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