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The Golf Club at Ballantyne

Championship golf in Charlotte, North Carolina By Bill Bauer In the 1990s Smoky Bissell and his faithful Dalmatians walked a piece of Charlotte, N.C., farmland, with the vision of building a golf course. Bissell headed a committee of eight and, working with a design firm, slowly...

Barbados, West Indies

Sip rum. Set sail. Golf. Do you really need another excuse to go? By Hope S. Philbrick Someone must have burped—how else to explain the sudden strong whiff of rum as we begin our descent to Barbados? I can’t possibly detect the stuff that’s produced below...

Llama Caddy

Tee up with a furry friend at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, North Carolina By Bill Bauer As a teenager, I lugged golf bags for a living. It was tough work carrying nearly half my body weight around a golf course, for weekend warriors slicing and...

PGA National Resort & Spa

Adult-oriented escape in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida By Hope S. Philbrick It’s so nice when you stumble upon the solution to a problem that you didn’t even know you had. Turns out, the answer to the question, “Which mineral waters will prove most effective for me and...

Beau Rivage

A luxurious adult playground in Biloxi, Mississippi earns our 21 Plus Salute By Hope S. Philbrick The largest resort in the Southeast to receive the AAA Four Diamond award, Beau Rivage is a multifaceted vacation destination under one roof—and it's geared to adults. The tallest and largest...
2018 Chevy Trax

All-Weather Test Drive [2018 Chevrolet Trax]

We road-tested a 2018 Chevrolet Trax through storms, sun and even frost. The Chevy Trax served us well from Atlanta, Georgia to Covington, Kentucky to...
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk - Hammock Coast

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast Welcomes Vacationers Back

Coastal Communities in Georgetown County Avoided Worst of Hurricane Florence’s Wrath South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, with idyllic fall weather in the forecast and an ever-popular...
Whitewater Rafting West Virginia's New River

Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia’s New River

Find thrills on the water in southern West Virginia. By Rachel Cooper As an experienced flat-water kayaker, I am comfortable on the water. But riding through...

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...
eat in Blowing Rock NC

Where To Eat in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Small town, big flavor. By Hope S. Philbrick Taste buds are the only essential to bring on any trip to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Blowing Rock has...
Meadowbrook Inn

Meadowbrook Inn

If you’ve always wanted to feel rich without actually forking over too much cash, book a stay at Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. You can sprawl out in a suite at surprisingly affordable rates—plus, if your travel dates are flexible, you can save even more with specials.
Savannah Marriott Riverfront

Savannah Marriott Riverfront

$20-million renovation complete at Savannah Marriott Riverfront!  By Hope S. Philbrick “We have the strangest collection of things in this car,” said my friend Jan, as...

Mixed Case: Forward Tastes

Twelve Tasty Sips Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen. Whether you’re perusing a bar...
Paradise Rental Boats

Rent a Houseboat on Lake Lanier [Inside Scoop]

2018 UPDATE: Paradise Rental Boats sold its houseboat fleet. This service is no longer available with the company that we reviewed. Rather than delete...

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...
The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn [Update: New Pod]

Dip into relaxation in Asheville, North Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick “This is the best thing ever,” said my husband after emerging from underneath a therapeutic...
Kentucky Bourbon Country

21+ Awesome Bourbon Experiences in Kentucky Bourbon Country

Enjoy America’s whiskey on and off the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail in Central Kentucky, a.k.a. "Bourbon Country". Explore Kentucky Bourbon at its Source. By Hope S....