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5 Boutique Hotels That Feel Special

Ignacia Guest House Mexico City
Advertorial When it comes to hotels, bigger isn’t always better. Tiny hotels, which can be structured as houses, lodges or camps,  can be packed with big advantages. For starters, they can help it feel like you've arrived at a glamorous second home, not another in...

Bucket List Hikes

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It's hard to beat the exhilaration of reaching a mountain peak. After a challenging climb the breathtaking views are the sweet reward. Here are a few spectacular hikes worth adding to your bucket list. Peru Trek above and beyond the Inca Trail. This epic seven-day lodge-to-lodge trekking...

World’s First Diamond Safari

Frontiers International Travel now offers a unique bucket-list experience to the mineral-rich west coast of South Africa culminating in selecting a rough diamond to be cut, polished, and set into a piece of custom jewelry. This exclusive diamond safari, created by Ellerman House and...

Eco-Luxe Lodge Tongabezi Launches New Nut House

Tongabezi, the wildly romantic, eco-luxe lodge set on the Zambezi River just upstream from Victoria Falls in Zambia, has rebuilt the beloved chalet known as the Nut House with extraordinary new furnishings and accessories created by African artisans. Managing Director Ben Parker and acclaimed South...

South African Safari

Ngala Private Game Reserve in Kruger National Park By Hope S. Philbrick Leopard urine smells like popcorn. Or so field guide Mark Shaw insists. But I can’t smell it—maybe because my nose is overwhelmed by all the aromas of the South African bush or maybe because...

Amarula Cream Liqueur

Behind the Bottle, a Taste of Africa By Hope S. Philbrick Animals can help drive sales: Americans are twice as likely to buy a new wine when an animal is on the label, according to the marketing information company ACNielsen. But in the case of Amarula...
lady looks at the camera while riding on a double decker bus in London, England

Hop-On Hop-Off London Bus Tour

Tour the United Kingdom's capital riding atop a double-decker bus. By Carrie Whitney The image of a double-decker bus is synonymous with London, England, but in...
B&Bs in SC Old 96 District

Bed & Breakfast Accommodations in South Carolina’s Old 96 District

Story by Hope S. Philbrick Photos courtesy Old 96 District Sponsored by Old 96 District Located in the western part of South Carolina bordering Georgia, South Carolina’s...
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Come Find Bourbon

There’s a fresh, new answer to the common question of where to stay when exploring Kentucky Bourbon Country, thanks to the tourism commissions of...
Sea Island Forge kettle at Pursell Farms in AL

Sea Island Forge Kettles

By Hope S. Philbrick Sea Island Forge, based in St. Simons Island, Georgia, is sparking new traditions in backyards nationwide with its kettles. Every Sea Island...
shrimp & grits at Rustic Table in Pawleys Island on the SC Hammock Coast

Eat Up the SC Hammock Coast

By Hope S. Philbrick The Lowcountry, the U.S. East Coast ecosystem shared exclusively by South Carolina and Georgia, is home to spectacular scenery (in every...
Gumbo at Lagarde American Eatery in Chamblee GA

Lagarde American Eatery

By Hope S. Philbrick Sometimes, you want a hurricane. Not the destructive storm. The drink. The New Orleans cocktail so famous it can be recognized by its...
seating / dining area in the lobby at TownPlace Suites Marriott Parkersburg WV

TownPlace Suites Marriott Parkersburg WV

By Hope S. Philbrick Rarely does a hotel deliver on a promise almost immediately as you step through the guestroom door for the first time....
taco trio at Rock N Taco in Roswell GA

Rock ‘N’ Taco

By Hope S. Philbrick Feed your fantasy and live out your rock star dreams at Rock ‘N’ Taco in downtown Roswell, Georgia. With a soundtrack of...

Bourbon Country [2019 Update]

Savor America’s Native Spirit Loop through Kentucky on a road trip that promises adult fun, picturesque views, learning opportunities, tasty treats, and freebies By Hope S....

Inn to Inn to Inn: Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

One luxurious way to hike part of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. By Hope S. Philbrick Recently, I hiked 30 miles in three days. It ranks as...
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Rent a Houseboat in the U.S.A. [Exclusive]

By Hope S. Philbrick with additional reporting by Katie DeTar Two years ago, in the course of researching this story for Simply Buckhead magazine, I...
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Mall of America [UPDATE]

Bloomington, Minnesota is home to the No. 1 tourism attraction in the United States. The shopping mecca offers plenty of grownup fun even if you...
Dirty Dancing Weekend @ Mountain Lake Lodge

“Dirty Dancing” Weekend at Mountain Lake Lodge

Carry a watermelon. Hold the frame. Shake your maracas. Never let anybody put you in the corner. Most of all, smile and have the...