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Augusta Boucherie

morning pig slaughter at Augusta Boucherie
By Hope S. Philbrick In support of sustainable eating that’s healthy for people as well as the planet, foodies are eager to know exactly where food originates and how it’s processed. Visit McDuffie County, Georgia in the fall to watch chefs at work, taste fresh...

2nd Annual Bloody Mary Festival [UPDATE]

3 bloody marys representing The Bloody Mary Festival Atlanta 2020
The second annual Bloody Mary Festival Atlanta will take place at The Fairmont on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Atlanta is one of 12 cities nationwide to host The Bloody Mary Festival in 2020. The festival was recently nominated as the Top 10 Specialty Food Festival...

Dollywood [2020 Update]

Adult-oriented amusements abound at Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. By Hope S. Philbrick A few years ago, before I'd ever set foot in the place, if you'd told me that after going to Dollywood I'd be eager to return, I'd have thought...

In Season: Nights of a Thousand Candles

Brookgreen Gardens NOTC - Austin Bond
The season sparkles during Nights of a Thousand Candles. By Hope S. Philbrick Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina—one of the Hammock Coast’s most stunning attractions—is a beauty in every season (yes, even the pouring rain). But it shines most spectacularly during the winter holiday...

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...
lady looks at the camera while riding on a double decker bus in London, England

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...

At-Home Activities, Pantry Recipes, Massage Lessons & More For All Ages From Velas Resorts

The USA has the best neighbors! Our friends at Velas Resorts in Mexico have come up with some great ways to help us all...

Culinary Weekend: Hilton Head Island

By Hope S. Philbrick Nothing satisfies the soul like Lowcountry cuisine. Except, perhaps, the Lowcountry itself. Add them together for a truly satisfying vacation destination....
king guestroom at The Burgess Hotel in Atlanta GA

The Burgess Hotel

By Hope S. Philbrick If you're looking for more than a place to lie your head and rather someplace that will also touch your heart,...
Fab Slabs go from counter to table

Product Tested: Fab Slabs

Australian cutting boards now available in the United States Fab Slabs is a family-owned and -operated business that hails from the Sunshine Coast of Australia....
Sea Island Forge kettle at Pursell Farms in AL

Sea Island Forge Kettles

By Hope S. Philbrick Sea Island Forge, based in St. Simons Island, Georgia, is sparking new traditions in backyards nationwide with its kettles. Every Sea Island...

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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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...
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...
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...