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Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

15th Annual release coming soon. This September, Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky will introduce its 15th Anniversary release of Birthday Bourbon, the annual limited-edition expression was created to pay homage to founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday on September 2nd. The 2016 Birthday Bourbon expression is...

Cognac, France

Cognac, France
The spirit of the location flavors its infamous liquor. By Hope S. Philbrick This cognac smells and tastes like almond blossoms, orange zest and porcini mushrooms. I'm standing in a paradis—what the French call the storage room found in most cognac houses where the oldest eaux-de-vie sit...

North Carolina Beer, Wine & Moonshine

North Carolina
One good sip deserves another. By Hope S. Philbrick On a recent media tour in North Carolina, our bus stopped at four adults-oriented destinations: a brewery, a winery and two distilleries. Tasting samples proved all four are producing sophisticated beverages worth purchasing wherever you are. Stop...

Quick Stop: Lebanon, Kentucky

Make the most of a brief visit to “The Heart of Kentucky.” A quick stop here is like taking a single shot of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. By Hope S. Philbrick Whether it’s to explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Urban Bourbon Trail or Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft...

Roadside Find: Bourbon Water Tower in Lebanon, Kentucky

bourbon water tower
Maker’s Mark mural covers Lebanon, Kentucky's water tower. New bourbon photo op stop on Kentucky Bourbon Trail. A new landmark and photo op stop is in Lebanon, Kentucky. Any Maker’s Mark fan or Kentucky Bourbon Trail enthusiast will not want to miss it. The City of Lebanon’s water...

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Find Your Bliss By Renée S. Gordon Mexico’s Banderas Bay is 26 miles from north to south with Puerto Vallarta situated in the center. The Bay culminates at the quiet, scenic 46-mile stretch of beaches in the area known as Cabo Corrientes in the foothills south...

Quick Stop: Belmont, North Carolina

Make the most of a brief visit in the place “Where Southern Charm Blossoms” By Hope S. Philbrick We spent less than 24 hours in Belmont, North Carolina—eight of them asleep. And yet it was enough to fall head over heels for the place. Though a longer...

Six and Twenty Distillery

Whiskey to love made in South Carolina. By Bill Bauer “Every bourbon is a whiskey, but not every whiskey is a bourbon,” says Robert “Farmer” Redmond as he takes a sip of his Six and Twenty Distillery’s 5-Grain Bourbon. “And we make South Carolina’s premier whiskey.”...

Troy and Sons

Troy and Sons
Tour the distillery in Asheville, North Carolina. Buy a bottle and enjoy the good stuff at home. By Hope S. Philbrick The moonshine renaissance currently underway in the U.S. is sparked by many things (new distillers’ need to get something onto the market fast, buyers’ curiosity, moonshine’s...

Charleston, South Carolina

The capital of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. By Hope S. Philbrick Charleston, South Carolina, is hard to resist. It charms with its sheer beauty, rich 300-year history, distinctive personality and satisfying flavor. Stroll its cobblestone streets and discover colorful homes, distinctive ironwork, copious markets and boutiques, art galleries,...
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...
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...

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...
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....