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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,...

Smooth Ambler Spirits

Tour and taste at this distillery in West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley. By Hope S. Philbrick After a couple of hours sitting on a bus as it weaves through the mountains, you’re pretty darn happy to get out and put your feet on solid ground. Even happier...

Barbados, West Indies

Sip rum. Set sail. Golf. Do you really need another excuse to go? By Hope S. Philbrick Someone must have burped—how else to explain the sudden strong whiff of rum as we begin our descent to Barbados? I can’t possibly detect the stuff that’s produced below...

Ohio Wine Country

By Katie DeTar To say that the wines in Eastern Ohio’s Lake County were a pleasant surprise would be an understatement. It’s a generally accepted fact that a good red wine is hard to produce outside of a sun-drenched region. But on a recent early...

Bardstown, Kentucky

By Hope S. Philbrick Bardstown, the state of Kentucky’s second-oldest city (after Harrodsburg), has been named “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America” by Rand McNally and USA Today, and is an official trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Sure, families live here and raise kids,...

Lebanon, Kentucky

Three essential Bourbon Trail stops in the heart of Kentucky. By Hope S. Philbrick Located in the center of the state, Lebanon markets itself as the “Heart of the Bourbon Belt,” the epicenter of barrel and bourbon making. It’s no mere boast. Lebanon is an official trailhead of...

Photo Gallery: Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Inside some of the distilleries that produce America's Official Native Spirit. By Hope S. Philbrick I can, do and will write a lot of words about bourbon and Kentucky Bourbon Country, but there are some elusive aspects of the experience of touring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail...
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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...