Laura Ingles

Laura Ingles
Laura Ingles grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, but came to Virginia at age 18 and never left. After graduating from Virginia Tech she dedicated a year and most of her sanity to a private wilderness boarding school for at-risk teenage girls, and Charlottesville became home in January 2012. Laura spent two years reporting the news for C-VILLE Weekly before taking on the role of Living Section Editor.

Splendora’s is adding a little more zing to it’s September gelato menu with pumpkin beer and cocktail-inspired recipes. Photo: File Photo

The scoop on Splendora’s limited-time, booze-inspired flavors and more local restaurant news

The scoop on Splendora’s limited-time, booze-inspired flavors I scream, you scream, we all scream for…pumpkin beer-flavored gelato? Splendora’s Gelato Cafe owner PK Ross never gets tired of experimenting with flavors (anybody remember the ghost pepper-honey-raspberry concoction?) and after weeks of doing diligent research around town she’ll be serving up scoops of beer- and cocktail-inspired gelato. With […]

A circuit gym that offers high-intensity, interval training workouts, 9Round has no class times, but features nine stations with specific exercises that change daily. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Pack a punch: 9Round offers 30-minute workout with no class times

Crowded fitness centers can be breeding grounds for competition and hostility. Regular gym-goers decked out in Lululemon who eat, sleep and breathe working out can come across as intimidating to novices, and nobody enjoys being stared down by someone who wants a turn on the treadmill during peak hours. Sherie and Ross Flores, a former […]

“It’s all about the experience, and a good bartender is supposed to make people feel at home,” said Christian Johnston, manager of Tavola’s recently opened cicchetti bar. Image: Virginia Hamrick

In balance: Waiting for dinner at Tavola just got easier

The ability to interact with and understand people is a crucial element when it comes to making the perfect drink, Christian Johnston said, and it’s in no small part what he’s trying to accomplish behind the bar at Tavola. As for the new cicchetti dishes, Keaveny’s goal is to present something that will pair with a cocktail and prepare the palate for a full meal, but won’t overshadow the main event.

“It’s all about the experience, and a good bartender is supposed to make people feel at home,” said Christian Johnston, manager of Tavola’s recently opened cicchetti bar. Photo: Virginia Hamrick

In balance: Waiting for dinner at Tavola just got easier

We’ve got good news for those of you who love everything about Tavola except for the fact that you almost inevitably have to wait for a table. No, they still aren’t accepting reservations at the Belmont hot spot, which means the chances of strolling in for dinner on a weekend and getting seated right away […]

As the third-oldest in the country, the spring-fed pool at Blue Ridge Swim Club earned historic landmark status earlier this year. Photo: Tom Daly

Splash from the past: Blue Ridge Swim Club celebrates 102 years

Whether you’re a believer of climate change or not, there’s no denying that it gets hot as Hades here during the summer. The Charlottesville/Albemarle area has its share of holes in the ground filled with water where you can get a respite from the sweltering heat and so-thick-you-can-taste-it humidity, but there’s at least one pool […]

Photo: Amanda Maglione

Fur friendly: A traveling petting zoo offers kids and pets playtime

Christine Eichler’s fondest childhood memories are of running around with all the sheep, horses and rabbits at her grandparents’ animal farm in New Jersey. “It was like the SPCA of the county,” she said with a laugh, recalling how her grandparents happily took in farm animals that needed homes. “That was always my happy place, […]

Live Arts. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Stay sharp: Six ways to keep the wheels turning this summer

We love swim team and beach trips and even the occasional lazy day at home just as much as the next person, but it can be all too easy to let your kids’ brains go into hibernation mode during the summer months. Luckily for kids (and parents) in the area, schools and organizations in Charlottesville […]

Assistant Professors at the University of Virginia's School of Nursing, Emma Mitchell (left) and Jessica Keim-Malpass (right) teach students how to approach the topic of HPV vaccinations with parents of young children. Photo: Amanda Maglione

Let’s talk shots: The HPV conversation isn’t easy, but it’s important

Less than 30 percent of Virginia’s adolescent girls were vaccinated for human papillomavirus (HPV) last year, despite the fact that the Commonwealth was one of the first to pass legislation mandating the vaccine for sixth grade girls. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) wants to know why vaccination rates for HPV—the most common sexually transmitted disease […]

Keswick’s new Executive Chef Dwayne Edwards most recently worked at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. Photo: Amanda Maglione

‘Back on the map’: New chef gears up to reinvent Keswick cuisine

It’s been a big year for Keswick Hall, and it’s only February. Within weeks, the inn announced its five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, and also welcomed a new executive chef to Fossett’s Restaurant. “The hard work really starts now, in keeping it,” marketing director Janet Kurtz said of the five-star rating. “Now we have […]