Warm weather and lazy weekends may signal just the right time to get out of town and seek a new adventure. Take a trip to Biltmore Winery in Asheville, NC this summer and enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of the estate’s wine production in the new Vine to Wine tour. Offered every weekend through October, this tour brings wine drinkers of all ages (21 and older, of course) up close to the action, as guests take a trip through the vineyards, walk the production floor, and take a peek at the cellars.

The winery’s unique architecture may remind guests of a quaint old dairy barn because, well, it used to be one. Richard Morris Hunt, the architect for Biltmore House, originally designed and completed the home and barn in 1895. Years later, William A.V. Cecil, the grandson of Biltmore’s original owner George W. Vanderbilt, decided to convert the dairy barn into a winery to keep the estate self-sufficient.

The vineyard, established in 1971, opened to the public in 1985. It offers a wide variety of grapes, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, mroe than 250 tons of which are hand-picked annually for production. After the tour, Biltmore guests can enjoy a glass of wine at the local wine bar, or shopping and fine dining in the Antler Hill Village. The two hour and 15 minute tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:45 p.m. The tour is $85 per person.

 

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Atlanta doctors answer your questions.

Dr. Louis D. Cole from Cole Dermatology and Aesthetic Center answers a reader’s question about smoker’s lines:

Q: Is there any new treatment for fine lines around a woman’s mouth, which are sometimes referred to as smoker’s lines?

A: There is a new product on the market called Belotero. It is a unique HA (hyaluronic acid) dermal filler that allows trained physicians to effectively treat these lines with success. When coupled with a botulinum toxin A, such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, the results are very good.

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August is a great month to enjoy delicious summer squash from your local grocer or farmers market. This diverse veggie comes in four different forms: crookneck, zucchini (green and yellow), straightneck and scallop. No matter which one you choose, they are all high in vitamins C, A and niacin. Using your favorite variety, try this easy-to-make pasta meal that includes creamy white beans and a tangy dressing to finish it off.

Ingredients

1/2 lb. whole wheat farfalle or fusilli

4 small zucchini and/or yellow squash (about 1 lb.), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

3/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

1/4 cup Greek or Italian dressing

1 (15 oz.) can organic cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Method

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, arrange zucchini in the bottom of a large colander. To drain, pour pasta and its water over vegetables and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer contents of colander to a large bowl, add cheese, dressing and beans, and toss well. Serve warm or cold.

–Courtesy of Whole Foods Market

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You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding conventionally farmed versions of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. This list shows the produce with the highest levels of pesticide residue, so these are most important to buy organic.

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Sweet bell peppers
  7. Nectarines
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Kale

–Courtesy of the Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org

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OFF Beat! is a unique fitness experience that pairs fun fitness classes with exciting local venues.

The best part about these monthly classes is that the venue and the type of exercise change – you could be doing yoga in an art gallery or Pilates on a rooftop. Besides getting your heart pumping, a portion of the proceeds from each event will go to a local charity.

www.brookhavenfitness.com, www.facebook.com/OFF-BEAT

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Whether you’re a whiz at the grill or simply looking to add some new spice to old dishes, the collection of new John Wayne Spice Rubs is sure to be helpful in the kitchen. Made with all natural seasonings that are kosher and gluten free, these rubs come in four zesty choices specifically for beef, chicken, pork, and barbecue. Try adding this spice to olive oil and brushing over meat, or season generously prior to grilling or roasting.

Details: Available at your local Publix or Fresh Market, www.fireandflavor.com

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See a dermatologist for changes in your skin or moles that have any of the following characteristics:

Asymmetric when a line is drawn through the center

Borders that are irregular or ragged

Color variation in the same mole

Diameter of more than 6 mm

Elevation or heaping up of a pre-existing mole

–Courtesy of www.cancer.org

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This past weekend, Best Self got to be a fly on the wall at Life University‘s LifeVision Seminar for chiropractors. Life University describes this quarterly event as “not a head seminar.” Instead, “it’s a heart seminar” where chiropractors can come to be recharged, inspired, and motivated about their path through chiropractic and their goals for their practice.

 

Speaker Jim Dubel, who talked about seeing a high volume of clients during his trip to Haiti.

And the seminar certainly was that–inspiring! Each of the speakers was clearly dedicated to their work. This event was the perfect place to show that enthusiasm, too, because Life University is the largest chiropractic school in the world, so the audience was comprised of like-minded chiropractors who shared the enthusiasm coming from the speakers.

The seminar was also true to its online description–the “dressed down, powered up” atmosphere was evident. Casual clothes accompanied friendly interactions between the presenters and a flexible speaking schedule. Despite those casual, accessible elements, the message of the speakers was anything but casual. Each was insistent upon their love for their work and each succeeded in reminding the audience of that same love. Though BSA did not see each speaker over the two-day seminar, it’s clear the momentum started on Friday night was only going to continue building through the weekend.

Speaker Andy Forelli encouraging the audience to remember their passion.

If you want to learn more about Life University’s chiropractic program, visit their website here. The spirit evident from this weekend’s LifeVision Seminar is sure to pervade Life University’s campus through the chiropractic program and beyond, to their programs in sport health science, exercise science, and nutrition. Life University even offers the LIFE University for Seniors if you’re over 55 and looking to go back to school. Thanks to all these options, if you’re looking for your passion, Life University could be the perfect place to find it!

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Each month, Best Self Publisher Sherri Adair shares her favorite places, people and events from around Atlanta. Here are her picks for the month of August:

Life Line Screening

I am a big fan. The National Stroke Association states that risk of stroke doubles each decade after 55. Life Line screenings are done in neighborhoo churches and community centers. THey are convenient, quick, painless, non-invasive, and affordable. For example, you can get screenings for stroke/carotid artery disease, heart rhythm/atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, and osteoporosis all for only $139.

Details: To register, call (800) 679-5197

Wellstar Heart Scan

I got this done last week and was amazed how efficient and hassle-free it was. The test is $99 or you can bring a friend and spend $149 ($74.50 each). I parked and was in and out within an hour. During the test you lie on a padded table which sends you through an open scanner which is very comfortable and not scary at all. The technology provides detailed images of the coronary arteries so abnormalitiesi can be identified without more invasive cardiac procedures. You get your results back in about a week. Definitely worth the time and money.

Details: Call Wellstar at (770) 956-STAR (7827)

Piedmont Physicians Group–Dr. Robert Marcus

I was sent to him with a high recommendation from my good friend Maggie. I really felt like my physical was the most thorough one I have ever received. I had significant one-on-one time with Dr. Marcus, and his entire staff was friendly and accommodating. Bottom line: I left there feeling like I was in good hands. This is the kind of feeling you should have from your primary care doctor. They will help you make important decisions about your health now and moving forward.

Details: Piedmont Physician Group at Roswell Road, Dr. Robert Marcus, (404) 835-4210

 

 

 

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Want to lengthen your lashes? Here are four ways to do that, no matter what your budget.

Custom Quality

Get a full set of individual eyelash extensions that last through sleeping, showering, and swimming from Luxury Lash Lounge for $275.

Affordable Luxury

Try a strip of lashes made from real Siberian mink for $45 from Renu Cosmetic Clinic.

Look for Less

For a look that won’t break the bank, go with single application lashes from a drugstore for as little as $5.

Work with Your Own

Latisse is an FDA-approved prescription treatment to help improve your own lashes by making them fuller and longer. Prices vary.

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