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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...
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...
Sea Island Forge kettle at Pursell Farms in AL

Sea Island Forge Kettles

By Hope S. Philbrick Sea Island Forge, based in St. Simons Island, Georgia, is sparking new traditions in backyards nationwide with its kettles. Every Sea Island...
shrimp & grits at Rustic Table in Pawleys Island on the SC Hammock Coast

Eat Up the SC Hammock Coast

By Hope S. Philbrick The Lowcountry, the U.S. East Coast ecosystem shared exclusively by South Carolina and Georgia, is home to spectacular scenery (in every...
Gumbo at Lagarde American Eatery in Chamblee GA

Lagarde American Eatery

By Hope S. Philbrick Sometimes, you want a hurricane. Not the destructive storm. The drink. The New Orleans cocktail so famous it can be recognized by its...
seating / dining area in the lobby at TownPlace Suites Marriott Parkersburg WV

TownPlace Suites Marriott Parkersburg WV

By Hope S. Philbrick Rarely does a hotel deliver on a promise almost immediately as you step through the guestroom door for the first time....
taco trio at Rock N Taco in Roswell GA

Rock ‘N’ Taco

By Hope S. Philbrick Feed your fantasy and live out your rock star dreams at Rock ‘N’ Taco in downtown Roswell, Georgia. With a soundtrack of...

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...
rent a houseboat

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...
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...
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...