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Mall of America [UPDATE]

Mall of America
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 don’t (gasp!) like to shop. By Hope S. Philbrick When the Mall of America opened in 1992 it had its share of...

Comedy Classic Weekend Package at Omni Grove Park Inn

Live and laugh it up in Asheville, North Carolina, February 24-26, 2017. 21 Plus Salute! By Hope S. Philbrick For the 28th year, the hills will be enlivened with the sound of laughter when the Omni Grove Park Inn hosts its annual Comedy Classic weekend, February 24-26, 2017. This...

Punchline Comedy Club

21 Plus Salute! Adults only at this comedy club in Atlanta, Georgia. Punchline Comedy Club has opened a new showroom in a completely renovated portion of the Landmark Diner in Buckhead. The Landmark Diner has been a Buckhead fixture since 1994 at the intersection of...

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction

Dixie Stampede
It’s the North Pole versus the South Pole during Christmas season performances. By Hope S. Philbrick As the lights dim throughout the 35,000 square foot arena, signaling the show is about to begin, my host dining companion leans over and whispers into my ear: “Some people...

Omni Grove Park Inn’s Winter Concert Series

Celebrate music and comedy amid the beauty of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains; packages now available. The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., is tuning up for the season ahead with its annual Winter Concert Series. Whatever the winter temperature outside, The Omni Grove...

Center for Puppetry Arts

Not Just For Kids We know what you're thinking: A puppet museum and theatre? For adults? You must be joking. But it's no mistake, just admittedly unexpected. Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts is not just for kids. In fact, some shows are for adults only. There...

Giggles & Guffaws

Side-splitting good times can be had at several comedy and improv clubs in Atlanta, Georgia. Ha-Ha-Have Fun. By Hope S. Philbrick Laughing Skull Lounge 878 Peachtree St. NE in Midtown 877.523.3288 Size matters, but don’t underestimate the power of small. With just 74 seats in the back of The Vortex Bar...
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...
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...