The Best Little Cigar Shop in Virginia

Marines, Methodists, and Ambassadors offer smokers refuge

Consummate D.C. insider Terry McAuliffe resides in the governor’s mansion built by tobacco farmer James Monroe, demonstrating that Virginians have always elected those who excel at peddling its staple crop. The farms that blanketed the I-95 corridor between Washington, D.C., and Richmond are mostly gone now, the land purchased by political profiteers. The stalks have been replaced by glass towers housing the media, contracting, and consulting giants that now serve as the backbone of the Virginia economy. Yet there are some members of the transplanted D.C. caste—former Marines, ambassadors, and George W. Bush appointees—who still pay tribute to the much maligned weed; they can be found at the Embassy Cigar Lounge in Stafford, Va., which celebrated its first anniversary on May 1.

Where in the World is Samantha Hoopes?

Samantha Hoopes has come a long way from her humble beginnings in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania (We Are). Ever since she landed a coveted spot on this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue rookie roster, she’s been on the 365-day grind of jetting across the globe to wear microscopic bikinis. She's a hard worker.

The Genevieve Morton Diet

In all of my staring at photos of beautiful women, I have seen both post-workout selfies and swimsuit selfies. When do these gals ever eat? I know you need a hand to hold the camera, but can’t you use the other to hold a sandwich? That’s why Genevieve Morton should be lauded for her unabashed enthusiasm for proper nutrition.

Wisconsin, LSU, and the State of NCAA Football

Of all this week's match-ups, there's no better example of the state of college football than Wisconsin/LSU. The gap between the Big Ten and SEC has been widening for years, and Saturday’s game is a barometer for whether it will persist.

Model Jess Perez Does Ice Bucket Challenge, World Never the Same

Sports Illustrated swim smokes taking the ice bucket challenge was going to happen eventually. It just was surprising that out of all of the remote locales SI editors could have set the challenge, they chose the least exotic place on the planet: a minor league ball park in Brooklyn. I’m quite familiar with Ariel Meredith. That's her on the right, and she is well known throughout the world  for her love of goats and disdain for breast augmentation. But I wasn't as familiar with her friend on the left, Jess Perez. Get ready for your close-up, Jess.