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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...

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...

Lord Baltimore Hotel

exterior of Lord Baltimore Hotel
By Hope S. Philbrick My personal affection for Lord Baltimore Hotel began while I was sitting behind my desk in my home office. Struggling with details of a trip to Maryland that began as a quick weekend romantic getaway but morphed into a 10-day multi-destination...

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...

“A Vanderbilt House Party” at Biltmore Estate

"A Vanderbilt House Party" at Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC
Costume exhibit "A Vanderbilt House Party" showcases fashions of the Gilded Age in America’s largest home. It’s no surprise the people who owned and visited Biltmore Estate wore fancy clothes. It’s more surprising we’ve never seen that clothing on display. Until now. Biltmore’s newest exhibition, “A Vanderbilt...

Hotel du Pont

HOTEL DU PONT Wilmington DE
By Hope S. Philbrick Show me a Historic Hotel of America, and I’m eager to book a stay. Whenever possible, I’ll pick a member of that particular hotel organization over any other because its members consistently impress and are rich with stories. Plus, there’s usually a...

The Georgian Terrace

The Georgian Terrace exterior side night
This grand classic hotel is an Atlanta landmark. Another great answer to the question of where to stay in Atlanta GA. By Hope S. Philbrick The oldest operating hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, has hosted presidents, iconic writers and movie stars, housed a dance studio and provided a...

Hotel Covington

Hotel Covington
Sleep like an angel at this sophisticated, adults-oriented boutique hotel in Downtown Covington, Kentucky where “historic” and “contemporary” gracefully collide. By Hope S. Philbrick What to do with an old department store? Unfortunately, it’s a question many American downtowns are being forced to ask. The best answer I’ve...
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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...
Johnny's Hideaway in Buckhead Atlanta GA is a hot nightclub

Johnny’s Hideaway

21 Plus Salute! By Hope S. Philbrick There’s no casino attached to Johnny’s Hideaway, but it feels like there should be…or perhaps like a dealer might...
potato tortilla at Barcelona Wine Bar

Barcelona Wine Bar Atlanta Westside Ironworks

One visit to Barcelona Wine Bar makes you eager to return. By Hope S. Philbrick Tortilla de patatas (aka tortilla Española) ranks high on the list...
Antarctic salmon at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta restaurant AG

The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Restaurant: AG

AG at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, Georgia. By Hope S. Philbrick Looking for a dining experience? Head to AG at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, located in the heart...
Courtesy Nikolai’s Roof

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!...

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]

By Hope S. Philbrick “This is the best thing ever,” said my husband after emerging from underneath a therapeutic waterfall. I’d already tried it. He was...