VIE’s Stories with Heart & Soul Tour

VIE’s Stories with Heart & Soul Tour

Thanks to an aggressive national growth strategy which began in 2017, VIE will be traveling the U.S. and featuring extensive travel guides in several of its top feeder markets. Our team is excited to showcase each city with a special Travel Spotlight Section. We will also host meet and greet events in select cities as part of what has been dubbed VIE’s Stories with Heart & Soul Tour. Taking advantage of our team’s experience and love of hosting great parties, the tour is the perfect way to introduce VIE to the area, meet new friends, network ideas, and engage in creative collaborations.


The Stories with Heart & Soul Tour and accompanying Spotlights in the magazine present unique opportunities to businesses, restaurants, artists, and other brands in the area to receive editorial coverage and rich imagery that will be distributed to VIE’s national readership in print, online at, and through our Amazon Kindle edition. We also invite our Brand Alliance partners to attend for additional exposure, or our team will gladly bring along any items supplied by partners to be included in swag gift bags and/or giveaways and raffles at these events.



Birmingham, AL

March 23, 2017 | Venue: Bottega Restaurant


Our first Stories with Heart & Soul Tour meet and greet was held at Chef Frank Stitt’s rustic and charming Italian restaurant, Bottega, in Birmingham, Alabama. Business owners and professionals from the Birmingham area, representatives from local visitor bureaus and chambers of commerce, and other friends joined VIE staff and freelancers for an evening of networking, an incredible four-course dinner, and an exciting raffle.

Photos from event by Brenna Kneiss

New Orleans, LA

May 25, 2017 | Venue: Royal Sonesta Hotel


We had a fantastic time for the second stop on the Stories with Heart & Soul Tour in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Jazz Playhouse at Royal Sonesta New Orleans was a groovy spot to celebrate our 2017 Voyager Issue travel spotlight on the Big Easy, along with our Art & Artist Issue cover by NOLA-based artist Olesya. The evening was filled with jazz music, bubbly, hors d’oeuvres, and merrymaking.

Photos from event by Lesley Isacks

Charleston, SC

June 22, 2017 | Venue: The Restoration Hotel


The sophisticated charm of the Restoration Hotel was perfect for an early-evening meet and greet with business contacts, Charleston area visitor bureau and chamber of commerce, hotel executives, and friends. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the World’s Favorite City and to share our love with the locals who call it home. The Restoration’s tremendous hospitality and delicious small plates were the cherry on top of a terrific soiree.

Photos from event by Rinn Garlanger

Nashville, TN

July 27, 2017 | Venue: The Listening Room Cafe


This stop on the Stories with Heart & Soul Tour presented a unique opportunity to do some good while we celebrated the Nashville spotlight in our Stories & Storytellers Issue featuring Luke Bryan on the cover. The event included live music performances, a fashion show, a live auction, raffle, and incredible hospitality, all to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge, a nonprofit organization in Northwest Florida which has rescued over 40,000 animals since its inception. We raised over $19,000 and everyone had a fantastic time!

Photos from event by Rinn Garlanger

Boston, MA

November 28, 2017 | Venue: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


VIE held its fifth Stories with Heart and Soul Tour event on November 28, 2017, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Guests were treated to live music provided by a string trio and, in honor of visionary patron of the arts and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner, her signature favorites—champagne and doughnuts—were served along with passed hors d’oeuvres. As we toasted the Boston travel spotlight in our December 2017 issue and a decade of storytelling in VIE, the evening also celebrated the arts with our brand partners from Sinfonia Gulf Coast orchestra. Thank you to everyone who attended. Your support means the world to us!

Photos from event by Rinn Garlanger

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

January 18, 2018 | Venue:  The home of Melanie Cissone


As VIE embarked on the Stories with Heart & Soul Tour last year (a national growth initiative in which we hosted meet-and-greets in five cities around the U.S. and featured each in the magazine with extensive travel spotlight sections), our founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell and team also decided it was only fitting to host a meet and greet in our backyard. In January 2018, we released our first Destination Travel Issue, and the spotlight shined on the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida, showcasing the beautiful beaches from COLA 2 COLA® (Pensacola to Apalachicola), where VIE is headquartered and got its start as a regional magazine ten years ago.

Photos from event by Rinn Garlanger

Dallas, TX

June 13, 2019 | Venue:  CANVAS Hotel Dallas


As founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell and the VIE team began the 2019 leg of the Stories with Heart & Soul Tour, Dallas was everything we hoped it would be and more! On June 13 in the Chef’s Palette dining room at the CANVAS Hotel Dallas, we enjoyed a lovely meet and greet with fifty guests that included VIP business leaders from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and VIE’s brand alliance partners. What a great way to get to know people better and grow VIE’s footprint and distribution while on our national tour! Guests mixed and mingled as we celebrated VIE’s 2019 Dallas-Fort Worth travel guide and the new July Artist Issue. Special thanks go out to all who joined us that evening and to the CANVAS staff for their warm hospitality! We love Dallas!

Photos from event by Jennifer Harr


September 27, 2017