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Hop-On Hop-Off London Bus Tour

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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 addition to the public transportation type, a bus with a more sightseeing nature has roamed the UK capital for more...

Destination Downton Abbey

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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 intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of...

Buzz-Worthy Berlin, Germany

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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 a couple decades and that’s a hard reputation to live up to! The sprawling capital, which is geographically nine times...

5 Boutique Hotels That Feel Special

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Advertorial When it comes to hotels, bigger isn’t always better. Tiny hotels, which can be structured as houses, lodges or camps,  can be packed with big advantages. For starters, they can help it feel like you've arrived at a glamorous second home, not another in...

Bucket List Hikes

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It's hard to beat the exhilaration of reaching a mountain peak. After a challenging climb the breathtaking views are the sweet reward. Here are a few spectacular hikes worth adding to your bucket list. Peru Trek above and beyond the Inca Trail. This epic seven-day lodge-to-lodge trekking...

Kyläkauppa Veljekset Keskinen: Finland’s Largest Shopping Mall

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Shopping Therapy in Tuuri, Finland By Hans Egefalk In central Finland, just east of the town of Alavus, in between Vasa at the coast and Jyväskylä inland, sits the tiny village of Tuuri where a giant department store, Kyläkauppa Veljekset Keskinen, is carved out of the Finnish...

Lodz, Poland

Lodz, Poland
Discover this European city's rich history, modern ways.  By Hans Egefalk I recently escaped my work in Sweden for a week and went to Poland. There was time for simply meeting people, to be a tourist and wander the streets of Lodz. Absolutely wonderful. In Polish it’s...

Orienteering in Reykjavik, Iceland

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Explore other-worldly landscapes. By Hans Egefalk My mum always ranked Iceland as her dream destination. When she turned 50, more than 30 years ago now, a group of seven friends including my mum and dad took the boat from Sweden to Iceland then drove around the...

Fife Coastal Path: Hike from Kincardine to Leuchars

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Our European correspondent walked 138 km (86 miles) along the Scottish coast in six days. By Hans Egefalk This past July I was planning a trip to Scotland for a week to participate in a six-day orienteering event. I planned to camp in my tent, which gave...
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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...
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Fun Things To Do in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

By Hope S. Philbrick Most any time of any year, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a small community in the Great Smoky Mountains nestled between Sevierville and...
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The Painted Pin [2020 Update]

Coronavirus Era: Same house, new rules! Painted Hospitality has announced that The Painted Pin and its sibling business The Painted Duck will officially reopen on Wednesday,...
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins

By Hope S. Philbrick There’s no need to choose between relaxing mountain vistas and bustling Dollywood: Enjoy both during one getaway by staying at one...

Mixed Case: Sheltering Sips (2 of ?)

15 Tasty Sips Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries. Let our guide lead to new taste destinations. By...
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Mixed Case: Sheltering Snacks

Tasty Treats Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent taste discoveries. By Hope S. Philbrick This column typically features ‘adult beverages,’ but while...

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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Houseboat Rentals 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...
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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...