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Dollywood [2020 Update]

Covid-Era Official Notice, June 3, 2020: Dollywood Parks and Resorts start reopening beginning with Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa on June 10. Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park open June 15 and 16 for season pass guests only. Both parks open to...

In Season: Nights of a Thousand Candles

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The season sparkles during Nights of a Thousand Candles. By Hope S. Philbrick Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina—one of the Hammock Coast’s most stunning attractions—is a beauty in every season (yes, even the pouring rain). But it shines most spectacularly during the winter holiday...

Speedway Lights

7th annual seasonal display near Charlotte, North Carolina By Bill Bauer In Concord, North Carolina, the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s race calendar officially ends in late October. But shortly after the dirt stops flying and the blacktop cools down, the city “Where Racing Lives” cranks it up...

In Season: Belmont & McAdenville

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Christmas lights galore!  By Hope S. Philbrick If there’s one drawback to being a grownup it’s that it’s too easy to get caught up in all the must-dos that build up this time of year that you forget to have a jolly good time. An overnight escape...

In Season: Louisville, Kentucky

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Holiday cheer in and around Louisville, Kentucky. By Renée S. Gordon Louisville was named after Louis XVI of France whose aid was crucial to the U.S. during the American Revolution. Ironically, he was deposed and beheaded during the French Revolution with one of the primary causes...

In Season: Asheville, North Carolina

Holiday happenings in a charming Southern city with a grownup vibe. By Hope S. Philbrick December is a festive time to visit Asheville, North Carolina, whether it’s your first visit or one of too many to count. “There are so many places to enjoy Christmas here!” says...

In Season: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Holiday Happenings By Renée S. Gordon Lancaster, much to many people’s surprise, is both a county (founded in 1729) and a city (established a few years later). The county is comprised of more than 60 towns and villages with colorful names, distinguished histories, one-of-a-kind attractions and...

In Season: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Holiday Headquarters in Christmas City USA: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania By Renée S. Gordon Each year throngs of people travel thousands of miles to spend the holidays in Bethlehem, Israel but you may be surprised to learn that there is another, exciting Bethlehem right here in the United...

Stay, Shop & Savor in Asheville, North Carolina This Holiday

The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association offers its first-ever holiday getaway package. The 17 inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association are offering their first-ever holiday getaway package, now through Thursday, January 3, 2015. Each package includes two nights lodging at a member inn, a...
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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...
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Road Tested Picnic Gear: Mermaid Straw & Rigwa Bowl

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, picnics are climbing up the list of fun things to do. Packing up a lunch or snacks to eat...
Lake Lanier Boat Rental

Lake Lanier Boat Rental

No boat? No problem! Get on the water with a Lake Lanier boat rental! From in-depth insiders' tips to a quick reference guide, we've...
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Fun Things To Do in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

By Hope S. Philbrick Most any time of any year, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a small community in the Great Smoky Mountains nestled between Sevierville and...
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The Painted Pin [2020 Update]

Coronavirus Era: Same house, new rules! Painted Hospitality has announced that The Painted Pin and its sibling business The Painted Duck will officially reopen on Wednesday,...
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins

By Hope S. Philbrick There’s no need to choose between relaxing mountain vistas and bustling Dollywood: Enjoy both during one getaway by staying at one...

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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Houseboat Rentals 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...
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...
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...