The Scout Guide: Lifestyle Stories


For the past year and a half I have been copy editing THE SCOUT GUIDE‘s 60-some city publications. I love editing their issues, because it’s so much fun to see what is happening in my favorite cities — from my hometown of Naples, Fla., to my beloved Colorado mountain towns.

Recently I started writing lifestyle stories for The Scout Guide’s website. Here are a few fun pieces I’ve had the opportunity to work on.


When planning a weekend in Washington, D.C., there are few people better to turn to for tips than The Scout Guide’s very own D.C. editor, Shelby Samperton. A third-generation Washingtonian, Shelby was born and raised, and even attended college, in the Capitol.

“I love D.C., and its always changing—especially now. There’s a resurgence in the city with new neighborhoods popping up,” she says. “There’s a new vibe, and I feel like even though I’ve lived here forever, there is always something new happening—I can barely keep up!”

From historic monuments to contemporary art galleries, fashion-forward boutiques to hot new restaurants, here are Shelby’s recommendations for where to go and what to do in D.C. now. READ MORE


After moving to Philadelphia six years ago, THE SCOUT GUIDE PHILADELPHIA & THE MAIN LINE editor Angie J. Perry spent her time exploring the city while pushing her youngest child around town in a stroller.

“We shopped, we ate, we visited museums, we went to the farmers’ market,” she says, reminiscing on her first few months in her new home. “My family and I moved here in the fall, so for me the sounds of the leaves falling, the smells, the chill in the air—all remind me of my first adventures here. It’s my most favorite time of year!”

From the energizing hustle and bustle of downtown to the high-end shopping and dining in the suburbs along The Main Line, Philly makes for a lovely fall getaway. To send us on a weekend journey exploring the best restaurants, shops, and sights in the area, Angie put us in touch with mother-and-daughter duo Jackie Stephans and Avery McMahon, co-owners of THE VELVET SHOESTRING, a home furnishings consignment boutique in Wayne, Pennsylvania. READ MORE


With her creative, inspiring touch, PAM HEAVNER has the power to bring spaces to life. Whether she’s restoring a historic home, designing a custom fabric, or fashioning a lush TERRARIUM out of an antique candy dish, Heavner has the power to make a space alive and exciting. READ MORE

Photos from The Scout Guide. Painting of Capitol available from Swatchroom via The Scout Guide Washington, D.C.

Story on the organic industry in Delicious Living

delicious living september 2015 issue

I get to write a lot of fun stories about food and drinks and travel, which makes me happy. But lately I’ve been working to push myself out of my comfort zone with writing, and get back to reporting and research. I wrote a feature story about the organics industry for Delicious Living‘s September issue. It addresses the attacks on the organic industry, health benefits of organics, our ecosystem, and the future of organics (accessibility + affordability). I’m really proud of this one, friends! Read the story herecheers, marissa

Story in Plate Magazine’s July/August Issue

I wrote a very small story in Plate Magazine’s July/August issue, which focuses on how traditions shape America’s regional cuisine and how restaurants incorporate those traditions. I did a brief write-up for the food mag’s front-of-book section (aptly named Small Plates) on Maine cuisine, interviewing Chef David Levi of Portland’s Vinland.

Levi is truly talented, pushing culinary boundaries by sourcing everything within the state. He doesn’t use cane sugar, black pepper, lemons, or any ingredients from outside of Maine, and instead, uses his imagination and culinary prowess to craft some pretty amazing dishes. Think yogurt’s lactic acid instead of citrus, and parsnips for custards and breads. Levi is forging a new food frontier and redefining the farm-to-table philosophy. cheers, marissa

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RVA Fan story in Southern Living’s August issue 

I had the pleasure of writing a story on The Fan for Southern Living’s August issue. Three years ago, we came to Richmond and moved into a rambling and “charming” apartment in The Fan. What a perfect neighborhood to introduce us to Richmond, and convince us that this is the place to put down roots.

The story covers where to shop and grab a bite to eat in The Fan. Grab a copy of the mag. It’s on newsstands now! cheers, marissa

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Recent Richmond Restaurant Reviews

a feast at the cultured swine

Here’s a roundup of Richmond restaurant reviews from the past few months. From killer tamales at The Cultured Swine to doughnut burgers at Jack Brown’s and stellar wine at Enoteca Sogno, there are some awesome culinary happenings as of late.

The Cultured Swine — 3 stars — Jackson Ward

Sang Jun Thai — 3 stars — Downtown

GWARbar — 2 stars — Jackson Ward

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint — 3 stars — Libbie & Grove

Boka Grill & Growlers — 3 stars — Stratford Hills

Greenbriar Cafe & Coffeehouse — 3 stars — Fan

Estilo — 4 stars — Henrico

Buddy’s Place — 2.5 stars — Museum District

Enoteca Sogno — 4 stars — Bellevue

McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill — 2.5 stars — Henrico

Lulabelle’s Cafe — 3 stars — Near West End

To read more Richmond restaurant reviews, click here.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia travel story in Southern Living’s July Issue

southern living july 2015 coverGrab a copy of the July issue of Southern Living to read my little travel piece on where to shop and eat in Fredericksburg, Virginia. xo, marissa

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Charred cocktail stories in Plate Magazine

Plate_Burnt_CoverI wrote two stories about charred cocktails in Plate magazine‘s May/June issue. The stories feature Richmond’s The Roosevelt, Washington D.C.’s Del Campo, and Toronto’s Salt Wine Bar.

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Recent Richmond restaurant reviews

photos by Dean Hoffmeyer + Mark Gormus

A line-up of Richmond restaurant reviews from the past two months:

Brew American Gastropub — 2 stars — Midlothian

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant — 1.5 stars — Short Pump

Tarrant’s West — 3 stars — Henrico/West End

Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar — 2.5 stars — Short Pump

Coriander — 3 stars — Carytown

Isabella’s Bistro & Salumeria — 3 stars — Midlothian

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Virginia Press Awards

Nothing makes me miss R•Home Magazine like this Virginia Press Award. While I was managing editor at R•Home, I was blessed to work with V. Lee Hawkins the magazine’s creative director on some fabulous issues.

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Charlottesville story in Southern Living’s May Issue

In the May issue of Southern Living, I wrote “A Perfect Day In Charlottesville.” The little travel piece features four C’villians who tell you where to go and what to do when visiting the area. Be sure to grab a copy of the magazine off newsstands. cheers, marissa

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