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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...

Dollywood [2020 Update]

Covid-Era Official Notice, June 3, 2020: Dollywood Parks and Resorts start reopening beginning with Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa on June 10. Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park open June 15 and 16 for season pass guests only. Both parks open to...

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...

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...
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...
aerial view of the San Diego Zoo in California USA

Private Tours of the San Diego Zoo

By Sherri Telenko I grew up hearing about the San Diego Zoo on television and watching zoo experts parade interesting species across talk show stages....
Soo Tour Boat in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Outdoors in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

By Sherri Telenko Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is not exactly a tourist town. It’s one of those places I had little desire to visit until...
2020 King of Kentucky bottle

King of Kentucky 3rd Edition

King of Kentucky is returning this year with the release of its third edition. Hitting shelves in September, this will be the third release...
blue bike resting on wood bridge at The Ballantyne in Charlotte NC

Play & Stay The Ballantyne

Change your view by spending a day on the golf course at Ballantyne in Charlotte, North Carolina. By Bill Bauer Recognized with a 4½-star rating by...

Mixed Case: Sheltering Sips (3 of ?)

Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen. Whether you’re perusing a bar menu while traveling...

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...
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...
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...