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Johnny Schuler, Master Distiller of Pisco Portón

By Hope S. Philbrick Master Distiller Johnny Schuler owes his current position as one of world’s foremost pisco authorities and advocates to a coincidence. In 1977 he was asked to step in as a judge at a pisco competition after the other judges became too inebriated...

Chris Morris, Master Distiller Woodford Reserve

Giving Whiskey An American Twist By Hope S. Philbrick A Kentucky native, Morris joined Brown-Forman in 1976 at age 18 as an intern working at the distillery. It was a natural place for him to begin his career. “Both my mother and father were Brown-Forman employees,”...

Joy Spence, Master Blender Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum

Crashing Through A Glass Ceiling By Hope S. Philbrick Joy Spence has a rolling laugh that thrums through her speech; the happy sound makes it seem that her parents predicted her personality when they named her. But they probably never guessed that Spence would become the spirits industry’s...

Amarula Cream Liqueur

Behind the Bottle, a Taste of Africa By Hope S. Philbrick Animals can help drive sales: Americans are twice as likely to buy a new wine when an animal is on the label, according to the marketing information company ACNielsen. But in the case of Amarula...

Girl’s Getaway: Columbus, Ohio

Adult-oriented Amusements in the American Heartland By Hope S. Philbrick What do you do when your friend moves to Columbus, Ohio? You visit, of course. And discover some adult-oriented hot spots within that family-friendly state—some compelling enough to warrant a trip to Columbus even if you...

Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller Wild Turkey

Striving for Consistency By Hope S. Philbrick "We're just an old fashioned bourbon distillery," said Master Distiller Jimmy Russell while escorting me around the site in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where he makes Wild Turkey. He's been master distiller since the late 1960s. (Wild Turkey was launched in...

Roll Out the Jack Daniel’s

Buy the World’s Best-Selling Whiskey by the Bottle or Barrel By Hope S. Philbrick Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is produced much like a sour mash bourbon, but differs in one key way: “Before it goes into the barrel, it’s mellowed with charcoal,” says Jeff Norman, master...

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...
Louisville KY

Bourbon City: Louisville, Kentucky

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...
Spartanburg SC

Eat & Burn: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Savor Hub City Our Eat & Burn series showcases destinations through their cuisine and inviting ways to burn calories. By Hope S. Philbrick Great restaurants and adventures...
Sandaway Suites and Beach

Sandaway Suites & Beach

By Hope S. Philbrick “We can’t be all things to all people,” says Wendy Gibson, who owns and operates Sandaway Suites & Beach in Oxford,...
rent a houseboat

Rent a Houseboat in the U.S.A. [Investigative Report]

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...
exterior of Lord Baltimore Hotel

Lord Baltimore Hotel

By Hope S. Philbrick My personal affection for Lord Baltimore Hotel began while I was sitting behind my desk in my home office. Struggling with...
Aloft Ocean City

Aloft Ocean City

By Hope S. Philbrick In Ocean City, miles of hotel options tower above Maryland’s beach. Choosing where to stay can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t...

21 Point Inspection for Accommodations [NEW]

By Hope S. Philbrick hotel inspection From the day we launched Getaways for Grownups, we’ve consistently featured hotels and resorts. We will continue to do...
rent a houseboat

Rent a Houseboat in the U.S.A. [Investigative Report]

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...

Bourbon Country [2018 Update]

Savor America’s Native Spirit Loop through Kentucky on a road trip that promises adult fun, picturesque views, learning opportunities, tasty treats and free T-shirts By Hope...

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...
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...