Founder & Editor-In-Chief…

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick, founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups, is a former pre-school and high-school teacher. She feels this is important to point out as proof that she does not, as might be suspected, dislike children—though she does dislike paying top dollar for a luxury experience only to have it disrupted by unruly behaviors. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, she has (so far) traveled to 34 countries on four continents. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, The Atlantan, Georgia Travel Guide, and Where Guestbook (Charlotte, Nashville and Atlanta editions). She has served as contributing editor of Atlanta’s Epicure magazine, managing editor of Restaurant Forum and assistant editor of Wine Report magazine. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty. @21plusTravel

Frequent Contributors…

Erin Z. BassErin Z. Bass has more than 10 years of writing experience and holds a BA in Journalism from Louisiana State University. A native of Crowley, Louisiana, she has worked for The Times of Acadiana and Independent Weekly in Lafayette, House and Home magazine in Baton Rouge, Macy’s West in San Francisco and been published in Coastal Living magazine, The Times Picayune and Southern Breeze magazine. She is publisher and editor of Deep South Magazine, our partner publication. @DeepSouthMag

The Blowing Rock 007Bill Bauer is a freelance writer based in Fair Play, South Carolina. He writes about golf, travel and adventure as well as human interest stories. A member of the Carolina Golf Reporters Association, his research has taken him to cities, mountain and coastal resorts, golf courses, fly fishing rivers and streams, hiking trails, ski slopes, sailboat races and other places that give new meaning to the maxim, “It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.” Visit his website to learn more. @47wabauer


juliaJulia M. Bayly adores adventure and new experiences. Based in Fort Kent, Maine, the award-winning writer and photographer prefers hands-on experience to sitting back and observing. She tends to jump right in, whether that means bicycling Tuscany, hiking the Argentine Andes, and/or running dogsled adventures in Labrador. A print journalist for more than 25 years, her work appears regularly in The Bangor Daily News and Mushing Magazine in addition to numerous newspapers and magazines throughout North America and Germany. When on her farm, Bayly divides her time training a small yet sincere team of sled dogs, tending honeybees and wrangling chickens. More often than not, she finds adventure right out her back door. @JuliaMBayly

Chris ChamberlainChris Chamberlain is a food, beverage, travel and personal interest writer based in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived his entire life except for four years in California where he studied liberal arts at Stanford University and learned how to manipulate chopsticks. He is a regular writer for the Nashville Scene and its “Bites” food blog as well as Nashville Lifestyles magazine. He is the Southern correspondent for He has also contributed to the Nashville City Paper, Her Nashville, Relish, Julep, Local Palate, The Bourbon Review, 2001 Edgehill, the SFA’s Gravy newsletter,, and as a kitchen gadget reviewer at His travel guide and cookbook, The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat before You Die and The Recipes That Made Them Famous, was released in 2012, and the sequel, The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig, was released in 2014. He also authored Nashville Beer: A Heady History of Music City Brewing. @CeeElCee

Katie DeTarKatie DeTar is the host and producer of “Fringe Benefits,” a television travel series that highlights destinations in and around featured American cities. The show also delves into nearby and lesser-known villages, scenic highlights, unique shopping, local flavor, and relaxing getaways found just on the fringe of the featured city. Learn more about Katie and “Fringe Benefits” here. Follow her on Twitter @katiedetar or find her on Facebook.


Hans EgefalkHans Egefalk prefers to see the world by foot. It gives the birds time to land on his head and his head time to think about the land. He has now wandered back to his native Örebro, Sweden, after years living in Australia. Lately he has found greater pleasure in being lost, as he has taken up the sport of orienteering with gusto. His stories and notes about travel and people have mostly landed in local newspapers in his homeland. It probably all started when he studied history and discovered and wrote about Swedish cowboys walking through his hometown in the 1600s.

Renee GordonRenée S. Gordon has written a weekly travel column for Philadelphia Sun for 22+ years and has published travel articles in numerous publications. Her columns focus on cultural, historic and heritage tourism; she specializes in sites and attractions related to African American and African Diaspora history. Renée serves as a consultant for educational trips and history-related tourist destinations. She considers herself a “missionary journalist” promoting heritage and sustainable tourism. She has won several awards including the “African Diaspora World Tourism and Flame Keeper in Media Award for Travel Writing” in 2013. @Stegor71

Sherri TelenkoSherri Telenko became a writer and editor after graduating from the University of Guelph with a Masters degree in English Literature in the ‘90s. Currently, she teaches at Mohawk College in Ontario, Canada, while writing travel articles, lifestyle pieces and personality interviews. Her travel articles focus primarily on urban adventure—arts, culture, cuisine and nightlife—and upscale resorts, spas, inns and boutique hotels. A passion for horses has led her to create, a magazine blog dedicated to travel and trail riding. Otherwise, she lives quietly in a small town with her cat, Katilynn, dog, Victor, and no kids. @SherriTelenko

Behind the Scenes…

MKMichael Kritzer is founder and owner of Always Good Company, an award-winning, full-service creative shop. Based in Seattle, Washington, Kritzer specializes in crafting powerful brand identities, product design and packaging. Our go-to guy for tech support and logo design, we wouldn’t be here without him.

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