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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...
2018 Chevy Trax

All-Weather Test Drive [2018 Chevrolet Trax]

We road-tested a 2018 Chevrolet Trax through storms, sun and even frost. The Chevy Trax served us well from Atlanta, Georgia to Covington, Kentucky to...
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk - Hammock Coast

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast Welcomes Vacationers Back

Coastal Communities in Georgetown County Avoided Worst of Hurricane Florence’s Wrath South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, with idyllic fall weather in the forecast and an ever-popular...
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...

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...
eat in Blowing Rock NC

Where To Eat in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Small town, big flavor. By Hope S. Philbrick Taste buds are the only essential to bring on any trip to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Blowing Rock has...
Meadowbrook Inn

Meadowbrook Inn

If you’ve always wanted to feel rich without actually forking over too much cash, book a stay at Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. You can sprawl out in a suite at surprisingly affordable rates—plus, if your travel dates are flexible, you can save even more with specials.
Savannah Marriott Riverfront

Savannah Marriott Riverfront

$20-million renovation complete at Savannah Marriott Riverfront!  By Hope S. Philbrick “We have the strangest collection of things in this car,” said my friend Jan, as...

Mixed Case: Forward Tastes

Twelve Tasty Sips Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen. Whether you’re perusing a bar...
Paradise Rental Boats

Rent a Houseboat on Lake Lanier [Inside Scoop]

2018 UPDATE: Paradise Rental Boats sold its houseboat fleet. This service is no longer available with the company that we reviewed. Rather than delete...

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...

How To Show Off Atlanta, Georgia

ATL v NYC. How to show off Atlanta, Georgia for the win. Genuine WOWs in the capital city of the South's Empire State. By Hope S....