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Romantic Things To Do in Beaufort SC

columned house with US flag in Beaufort SC
By Hope S. Philbrick Beaufort, South Carolina is inherently romantic. Its historic downtown district is dotted with antebellum architecture as well as live oaks draped with Spanish moss that sway in the salty air. There’s a photogenic waterfront, a laid-back vibe, and genuine Southern hospitality. Located...

Hop-On Hop-Off London Bus Tour

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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 addition to the public transportation type, a bus with a more sightseeing nature has roamed the UK capital for more...

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

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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

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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 &...
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...
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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...