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In Season: Dollywood [2017 Christmas Update]

“If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.” —Dolly Parton Adults-oriented amusements abound, from thrill rides to seasonal performances. Smoky Mountain Christmas features 4 million lights, a colorful parade, and other themed treats. By Hope S. Philbrick   'Tis the season for Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. The seasonal...

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...

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

Christmas lights
Holiday spirit lights up the skies south of Charlotte, North Carolina. 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...

In Season: Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville KY
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

Lancaster PA
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...

Seasonal Traditions at The Rittenhouse

Philadelphia’s Premier Urban Retreat Celebrates the Season with Special Sips and Treats, Dazzling Décor, and Exclusive Experiences The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia’s iconic luxury hotel, announced a series of festive activations and exclusive experiences for the holiday season. A must-visit destination for merrymakers of all ages, guests...
Whitewater Rafting West Virginia's New River

Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia’s New River

Find thrills on the water in southern West Virginia. By Rachel Cooper As an experienced flat-water kayaker, I am comfortable on the water. But riding through...
dog at adults only dog friendly campground in NC

4 Paws Kingdom Campground & Dog Retreat

Welcome to an adults only dog friendly campground in North Carolina. 21 Plus Salute! This childfree retreat offers camping serenity, whether you prefer a tent,...
Turri, Finland

Kyläkauppa Veljekset Keskinen: Finland’s Largest Shopping Mall

Shopping Therapy in Tuuri, Finland By Hans Egefalk In central Finland, just east of the town of Alavus, in between Vasa at the coast and Jyväskylä...
HOTEL DU PONT Wilmington DE

Hotel du Pont

By Hope S. Philbrick Show me a Historic Hotel of America, and I’m eager to book a stay. Whenever possible, I’ll pick a member of...
Kaatsbaan Lodge Main Lodge exterior photo by Michelle Blaakman

Kaatsbaan Lodge

By Katie DeTar My best childhood memories center around weeks spent at summer camp. I would meet again with old friends made the year before,...
Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival

The Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival

Dad's Garage presents The Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival: 21 Plus Salute! This new event is for adults only! Move over BaconFest, Dad’s Garage Theatre...
2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Lafayette LA

2019 Chevy Traverse [Test-Drive]

By Hope S. Philbrick The best work trips combine work and play. Same is true of a vehicle. The Chevrolet Traverse erases the distinction, making...

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...
Paradise Rental Boats

Rent a Houseboat on Lake Lanier [Inside Scoop]

2019 UPDATE: A new vendor has a new fleet of houseboats  available for overnight rental on Lake Lanier! We will check it out and...

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...
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...
The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn [Update: New Pod]

Dip into relaxation in Asheville, North Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick “This is the best thing ever,” said my husband after emerging from underneath a therapeutic...

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...