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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!...
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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...

Fat Patties [2019 Update]

Serious yum in Beaufort and Bluffton, South Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick Driving five hours for French fries sounds insane, especially when the place you’re driving...

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...
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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...
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...
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...

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...