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Mixed Case: Garden Party

Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen. Whether you’re perusing a bar menu while traveling or stirring up a cocktail at home, let our guide lead to new taste destinations. By Hope S. Philbrick Late summer...

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. Philbrick Each sip of bourbon awakens the senses and invites new discoveries. The same is true of each day spent touring...

Adams County Pour Tour

Pour Tour
Savor the season in the bountiful Pennsylvania countryside near Gettysburg.  A new craft beverage tour highlights the pints and pours of Adams County, bringing together wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries. A tasty tour option for adults age 21 and older!  By Renee Sklarew Rooted in the heart...

Bourbon City: Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville KY
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 distilleries to speakeasies, museums to bars, legendary traditions to innovations yet to be discovered. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center &...

Frankfort, Kentucky

Frankfort, Kentucky
Add the capital of the commonwealth to your Bourbon Country itinerary. By Hope S. Philbrick Though I’ve been doing business in the Bluegrass State for decades and it’s a favorite vacation destination—my husband and I have looped around the Kentucky Bourbon Trail multiple times—until a few...

Old Forester Returns to Whiskey Row

Old Forester Distilling Co.
The "First Bottled Bourbon" returns to the building it once called home after nearly 100 years. New state-of-the-art distillery and bourbon experience joins famed Whiskey Row in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  Old Forester is returning home with the opening of the Old Forester Distilling Co. on Whiskey...

Kentucky Enacts ‘Bourbon Without Borders’ Bill

Kentucky has further distanced itself from Prohibition with House Bill 400, signed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. The ‘Bourbon Without Borders’ bill now legalizes Bourbon bottle shipping (similar to shipping rights of Napa Valley wineries). The new law allows you to ship up to 4.5 liters...

5+ Grownup Game Spots in Spartanburg, South Carolina

game spots Spartanburg SC
Game on in Hub City! By Hope S. Philbrick Maybe you carry a deck of cards with you wherever you go. I don’t. No need to BYO games to Spartanburg, South Carolina. Proof that being bored is banished in Spartanburg, several bars and retailers share a common theme:...

21+ Awesome Bourbon Experiences in Kentucky Bourbon Country

Kentucky Bourbon Country
Enjoy America’s whiskey on and off the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail in Central Kentucky, a.k.a. "Bourbon Country". Explore Kentucky Bourbon at its Source. By Hope S. Philbrick Years ago, my favorite T-shirt was emblazoned with “I ♥ KY.” Comfortable, soft, and blue, it was my favorite thing...
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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...
Franklin Barbecue in Austin TX

The Competitive World of Austin, Texas Barbecue

By Jill Gleeson Just how heated is the competition amongst purveyors of Austin, Texas barbeque? Heated enough that when I reached out to a certain...

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...
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Destination Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey: We've Been Expecting You The worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey becomes a grand motion picture event this fall as the beloved Crawleys and their...
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Buzz-Worthy Berlin, Germany

By Jill Gleeson It’s almost impossible not to love Berlin, Germany. It should be disappointing—after all, it’s been the epitome of European cool for at least...
chicken with peaches at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in Black Mountain NC

Monte Vista Boutique Hotel & Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails [Second Location]

By Hope S. Philbrick When you hear that the folks behind one of Atlanta’s best restaurants decide to take over a boutique hotel in a...
avocado at District M in Sandy Springs GA

District M

By Hope S. Philbrick One fast way to get someone to hate you is to go to a sushi restaurant and ask to be served...
bone marrow tacos at Casi Cielo in Sandy Springs GA

Casi Cielo

By Hope S. Philbrick A friend of mine fell in love with her now-husband when she stepped into his shed and saw how well he...

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....
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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...

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...

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...