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In Season: Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show

New Christmas show debuts at Dolly’s newest attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. By Hope S. Philbrick Don’t fret about which seat you get at the new Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: A smaller and more intimate space than...

4+ Adults-Oriented Must-Dos in Winchester, Virginia

Winchester VA
Discover Winchester-Frederick County in the Shenandoah Valley. By Hope S. Philbrick My first impression of Winchester, Virginia: Don’t wait for a conference as an excuse to visit. You can’t really get to know a place while sitting in a meeting room. Fortunately, when I visited Winchester, Virginia for...

Hampshire County, West Virginia

Hampshire County WV
Natural wonders, enduring traditions By Hope S. Philbrick Hampshire County, which celebrates its 263rd anniversary this year, is the oldest county in the state of West Virginia. Billed as a “natural, two-lane paradise,” the County borders Virginia and serves as a gateway to the Potomac Highlands. Spend...

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

Hammock Coast SC
The Lowcountry’s best-kept secret. By Hope S. Philbrick Sincere yet playful, beautiful yet authentic, loaded with everything a vacationer needs yet not overrun with tourist attractions: This is South Carolina’s Hammock Coast. Located between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, the Hammock Coast is comprised of five communities: Garden...

30: Celebrating Dolly in Bronze

The bronze statue of Dolly Parton has graced the Sevier County Courthouse yard for 30 years. By Hope S. Philbrick Of course you know Dolly! Dolly Parton is renowned as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, businesswoman and philanthropist. She’s a member of the Grand Ole...

Lexington, Kentucky’s Art Infusion

Galleries abound. You can also meet a famous horse. By Renée S. Gordon Lexington is a wonderful place to experience Kentucky’s melding of southern hospitality, luxury and charm with cutting-edge sports, arts, dining and shopping. The city has distinguished itself as a premier location for cutting-edge art and...

Hillyer House

Hillyer House
Boutique shopping in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. By Hope S. Philbrick Hillyer House is an award-winning gallery established in 1970 by the Hillyer-Reed family. Owner Paige Riley collects exceptional works of art from over 400 local, regional and national artists. I recently talked by phone with Susannah Snyder,...

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The Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Shop at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. By Hope S. Philbrick The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi "opened in 1991 and is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), an American master, whose...

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Independent by Design” By Renée S. Gordon Philadelphia’s variously recognized as “The City of Murals,” “The City of Restaurants,” “The City of the Arts” and “The City of Neighborhoods.” It boasts more than 3,000 murals—a greater number than any other city in the world!—eclectic restaurants and...

5 Reasons to Visit Wilmington, Delaware Right Now

By Hope S. Philbrick If you’re like me, the mere fact that you’ve never before visited Wilmington, Delaware, is reason enough to book a trip. While...
Louisville KY

Bourbon City: Louisville, Kentucky

Gateway to Bourbon Country. By Hope S. Philbrick Louisville, Kentucky is a must-stop for any bourbon lover. The city is packed with delicious bourbon experiences from...
Spartanburg SC

Eat & Burn: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Savor Hub City Our Eat & Burn series showcases destinations through their cuisine and inviting ways to burn calories. By Hope S. Philbrick Great restaurants and adventures...
Baltimore, Maryland

Quick Stop: Baltimore, Maryland

By Hope S. Philbrick At dinner with friends one night, our friends revealed that they’d be going to Baltimore, Maryland in a few days. “Eat dinner...
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2019 Chevrolet Equinox [Test-Drive]

By Hope S. Philbrick This trunk holds a ridiculous amount of shoes. As a professional traveler, I pride myself on being able to pack light. When...
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Art in Amsterdam

By Jill Gleeson Sure, Amsterdam may be best known for its more hedonistic, visceral pleasures, like its famed coffee shops, where patrons smoke marijuana legally,...
Sandaway Suites and Beach

Sandaway Suites & Beach

By Hope S. Philbrick “We can’t be all things to all people,” says Wendy Gibson, who owns and operates Sandaway Suites & Beach in Oxford,...
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Rent a Houseboat in the U.S.A. [Investigative Report]

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...
rent a houseboat

Rent a Houseboat in the U.S.A. [Investigative Report]

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...

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...

Bourbon Country [2018 Update]

Savor America’s Native Spirit Loop through Kentucky on a road trip that promises adult fun, picturesque views, learning opportunities, tasty treats and free T-shirts By Hope...

Chimney Rock State Park

By Hope S. Philbrick In addition to how it seems to defy the laws of gravity, one of the most amazing things about Chimney Rock...
Mall of America

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...