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Adult Fun in Giles County, Virginia

By Hope S. Philbrick From angling to zip-lining, there’s much to do in Giles County, Virginia, whether it’s action or relaxation that you seek. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Giles County boasts hundreds of miles of trails, hundreds of years of history, 92 square miles of...

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
Escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick Looking for a place to truly retreat? The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is one answer. Located between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, this upscale resort is near enough to everything the area has to offer—stage...

Olas Verdes First LEED-certified boutique surf hotel in Costa Rica

Experience adventure, culture, sanctuary, and pura vida. Olas Verdes, a Costa Rican boutique hotel in Playa Guiones, Nosara is thrilled to announce its opening as the world’s first LEED-certified surf hotel. Nestled away from the coastline alongside a jungle forever preserved, Olas Verdes provides immediate access...

El Pinto

By Hope S. Philbrick “I’ll take you somewhere not a lot of people have seen,” promised Douglas Evilsizor, director of marketing and public relations for El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, shortly after I met him. He escorted me to a shack at the back...

Proximity Hotel

Proximity Hotel
Our Go Green series showcases destinations working to protect the environment. By Hope S. Philbrick Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., proves that “swanky” and “environmentally-friendly” can coexist. Every amenity, however enjoyable, is built with a keen eye on maintaining the environment: Proximity is built to use...

Westin Buckhead

Great place to drop near where to shop. By Hope S. Philbrick Shopping opportunities exist across the Atlanta metro area. But if you prefer to shop somewhere with a high concentration of stores, Buckhead is hard to beat: It boasts two malls (Phipps Plaza and Lenox...

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

Stay for full-service pampering with heart. By Hope S. Philbrick This is no dorm. The Hotel at Kirkwood Center is a teaching facility, where community college students work alongside professionals as part of their coursework. So as a guest, you’re automatically enrolled as a test subject—but fear...

The Saint Paul Hotel

Luxury accommodations in Minnesota’s state capital city. By Hope S. Philbrick If you mention to a Minnesotan that you’ll be staying at the Saint Paul Hotel, be prepared to hear some envious oohs and ahhs. “That’s the best hotel in the state,” a family friend told me. Doesn’t...

Hotel Floyd

Go Green in Floyd, Virginia. By Hope S. Philbrick If you tell people that you’re going to visit Floyd, Virginia, if they’ve heard of the place at all they might tell you it’s full of hippies. Don’t believe them: The small town is populated (and visited)...