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Beaufort Shrimp Festival

Taste South Carolina's Lowcountry at the annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival. By Hope S. Philbrick For the third time, I joined the judges panel at the Silver Cup competition, a restaurant competition that's part of the annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival in Beaufort, SC. The 25th Annual...

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

chicken with peaches at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in Black Mountain NC
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 small town a few hours away, it’s certainly worth checking out. That’s how my husband and I ended up spending a...

10+ Ideas for Adult Fun in Thomson, Georgia

12-String Strut in Thomson GA
By Hope S. Philbrick Thomson is one of our favorite small towns in Georgia, in part because it’s host to some of the state’s best adults-oriented events: the Blind Willie McTell Music Festival and the Belle Meade Hunt Opening Meet. A new event this November promises...

The Whiskey Classic

The Whiskey Classic
The inaugural 2018 event drew a crowd of more than 1,300 attendees. Based on that success, the 2nd annual Whiskey Classic event featuring distilleries, wineries and breweries is set for October 12, 2019 at San Cristobal Movie Ranch in New Mexico. The Whiskey Classic is...

Mountain Soul Vocal Competition

2018 Mountain Soul Winner, Kelsey Keith of Murfreesboro, TN
The 15th annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is calling for entries. This unique competition honors the songwriting of Sevierville native Dolly Parton by encouraging contestants from across the nation to sing one of the songs she has penned. Competitors, male and female, choose a song written...

Adults-Only Experiences in Colorado

adults-only Colorado
21 Plus Salute!  Colorado bursts with experiences for grownups. Leave the kids (if you've got any) at home and head to Colorado. Seize the chance to reconnect, enjoy some peace and quiet, and indulge in adults-only experiences at ranches, B&Bs, hot springs, 18-and-older events and more. Colorado is...

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

Blind Willie McTell Music Festival
With music and more, this Blues Festival will have you singing a happy tune. By Hope S. Philbrick Take your ears to Thomson, Georgia, and you'll be very glad you did. Come to the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival to hear some tunes and you’ll get treated...

Can’t Miss Taste Fests [Update]

Love to sample tasty sips and bites? Get these adults-oriented food and drink events on your calendar. By Hope S. Philbrick As any Southerner worth his sweet tea knows food is important and celebrating it is just good sense and good fun. As a food and...

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife
Adults-only taste fest on Jekyll Island, Georgia. 21 Plus Salute! Come to the coast February 7-10, 2019. Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife (W3), named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, serves up delicious creations by distinguished, regional chefs alongside top-shelf whiskeys and wines. It's sensational!...
Berlin Germany skyline photo by Jill Gleeson

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...
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...

Mixed Case +

Twelve 22 Tasty Sips Whether you’re perusing a bar menu while traveling or stirring up a cocktail at home, let our guide lead to new taste...
Tallahatchie Flats courtesy Visit Greenwood MS

Why Visit Greenwood, Mississippi

Greenwood MS is where "The Help" was filmed. By Chris Chamberlain The Mississippi Delta is a region that often gets overlooked by vacation planners, but it...
coasters at Himitsu Atlanta secret speakeasy

Himitsu Atlanta

We’ve got the scoop on how to get in to Himitsu Atlanta speakeasy! By Hope S. Philbrick Himitsu is Japanese for “secret.” This craft cocktail lounge in...
crispy gator bites at 5Church Atlanta

5Church Atlanta

By Hope S. Philbrick Good alligator is hard to find. Usually. But while the crispy gator bites are on the menu at 5Church Atlanta, look...
golf Georgia State Parks Highland Walk

Golf Georgia State Parks

Fore Sure: Golf Georgia State Parks for fun in beautiful settings. By Bill Bauer Georgia is steeped in golf tradition. It is the home of the...

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...
The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn [Update: New Pod]

By Hope S. Philbrick “This is the best thing ever,” said my husband after emerging from underneath a therapeutic waterfall. I’d already tried it. He was...