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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

rear view of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
By Hope S. Philbrick You might walk around Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famed home in Charlottesville, Virginia, and think it’s incredibly peaceful and relaxing. The grounds! The architecture! The views! But things aren’t what they were when Thomas Jefferson was alive. For starters, he had to deal with...

Buzz-Worthy Berlin, Germany

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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 a couple decades and that’s a hard reputation to live up to! The sprawling capital, which is geographically nine times...

Come Find Bourbon

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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 Northern Kentucky, Frankfort, and Bardstown. Under the banner Come Find Bourbon and the new website ComeFindBourbon.com, Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown invite...

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Dressing Downton
Editor's Note: In 2015, Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina exhibited "Dressing Downton." A new Downton Abbey-focused exhibit, "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition" was announced today and is scheduled for November 2019-April 2020. We're publishing the press release about the new exhibit so you can plan...

The DeSoto by Sotherly

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By Hope S. Philbrick Whether you prefer to stay where you’ll have easy access to everything the city of Savannah, Georgia, has to offer, or you’d rather retreat into a hotel property and never leave, The DeSoto has what you’re looking for. There’s no real need...

The B-Line [B Is For Bourbon]

The B-Line passport
Visit bourbon bars, restaurants and distilleries on The B-Line.  By Hope S. Philbrick Six is your new lucky number. Sure, once upon a time you thought it was 21, when you’d finally be of legal age to drink alcohol, hang out at bars with friends, order that...

Bourbon City: Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville KY
Gateway to Bourbon Country. By Hope S. Philbrick Louisville, Kentucky is a must-stop for any bourbon lover. The city is packed with delicious bourbon experiences from distilleries to speakeasies, museums to bars, legendary traditions to innovations yet to be discovered. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center &...

Georgetown, Kentucky

Old Friends local farm in Georgetown KY
Picture-perfect charm in Bluegrass Country. Our guide to Georgetown KY Things To Do. By Hope S. Philbrick Georgetown may be the fastest-growing community in Kentucky, thanks in part to its close proximity to Lexington, but the pace feels as relaxed as you’d expect to find in any...

Old Forester Returns to Whiskey Row

Old Forester Distilling Co.
The "First Bottled Bourbon" returns to the building it once called home after nearly 100 years. New state-of-the-art distillery and bourbon experience joins famed Whiskey Row in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  Old Forester is returning home with the opening of the Old Forester Distilling Co. on Whiskey...
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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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Nikolai’s Roof at Hilton Atlanta

By Hope S. Philbrick Nikolai’s Roof is a singular spot known for sophisticated dining and upscale service in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a go-to for special...
rear view of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

By Hope S. Philbrick You might walk around Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famed home in Charlottesville, Virginia, and think it’s incredibly peaceful and relaxing. The grounds!...
nachos at Nacho Daddy Duluth GA

Nacho Daddy Duluth GA

By Hope S. Philbrick Among the stereotypes about Las Vegas, Nev., is that you can eat for cheap. The first location of Nacho Daddy that’s...
The Ghastly Dreadfuls

The Ghastly Dreadfuls [2019 Update]

The Center for Puppetry Arts unearths a Halloween tradition October 9-26, 2019—and it's exclusively for ADULTS! Atlanta, Ga., Halloween tradition awakens from the dead for spooky...
image courtesy Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center Lynchburg VA

Craddock Terry Hotel

By Hope S. Philbrick When searching for hotels in Lynchburg, Virginia, discerning grownups need look no further than the Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center. Step...

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...
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...