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Mall of America [UPDATE]

Mall of America
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 don’t (gasp!) like to shop. By Hope S. Philbrick When the Mall of America opened in 1992 it had its share of...

Adult Fun in Giles County, Virginia

5 fun finds 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...

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...

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescue with Black River Outdoors

Naturalist-guided kayak eco-tour of the salt marsh near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, leads to an unexpected sea turtle rescue mission. By Hope S. Philbrick Once in a while you recognize what will rank as one of the high points of your life while it’s actually happening,...

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

Earth-friendly dining in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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...

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

Cedar Rapids, Iowa is home to nation’s largest, most comprehensive teaching hotel at a community college. 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...
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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...
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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...
avocado at District M in Sandy Springs GA

District M

By Hope S. Philbrick One fast way to get someone to hate you is to go to a sushi restaurant and ask to be served...
bone marrow tacos at Casi Cielo in Sandy Springs GA

Casi Cielo

By Hope S. Philbrick A friend of mine fell in love with her now-husband when she stepped into his shed and saw how well he...

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...