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Horsing Around in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. By Hope S. Philbrick “I can’t ask customers for their butt size,” said the trail guide about halfway through our route to the beach. “So the saddle you’re in is probably a bit too big.” Her words were the best...

Marsh Tacky Heritage Stables

Marsh Tacky, Credit Dwain D. Snyder, Equestrian Images
Raising South Carolina’s state horse. By Hope S. Philbrick The state horse of South Carolina is small but mighty—some might say like the state itself. The horse and the state share a long history. “The Marsh Tacky breed dates back to the 1500s,” says Marion Broach, owner of...

Cowgirls & Cowboys in the West

Cowgirls & Cowboys in the West - Amarillo TX
Horseback riding in Amarillo, Texas. By Hope S. Philbrick When planning my Texas visit, one thing felt like a “must do”: horseback riding. It’s the quintessential Texan experience, right? Ok, so maybe it’s second to eating Tex-Mex. But still. In Amarillo, I booked a ride with Cowgirls...

Mountain Cove Farms

Retreat to Chickamauga, Georgia By Hope S. Philbrick The night skies are dark and silent in Walker County, Georgia. It can be a shock if your eyes are accustomed to city lights and ears used to the constant hum of traffic. This is a peace you can...

Eat & Burn: Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Our Eat & Burn series showcases destinations through their cuisine and inviting ways to burn off the calories. By Hope S. Philbrick EAT When in North Carolina, you can expect to eat local, seasonal fare. And it’s a tasty prospect. Bald Guy Brew 921 Main St Blowing Rock, NC...

Horsing Around in Amelia Island, Florida

If I could, I’d travel the world on horseback. By Hope S. Philbrick For my birthday, I planned an escape to one of my favorite places: Amelia Island, Florida. I’m not alone in my adoration of the place: Amelia Island has been named among the Top...

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...
Louisville KY

Bourbon City: Louisville, Kentucky

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...
Spartanburg SC

Eat & Burn: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Savor Hub City Our Eat & Burn series showcases destinations through their cuisine and inviting ways to burn calories. By Hope S. Philbrick Great restaurants and adventures...
Sandaway Suites and Beach

Sandaway Suites & Beach

By Hope S. Philbrick “We can’t be all things to all people,” says Wendy Gibson, who owns and operates Sandaway Suites & Beach in Oxford,...
rent a houseboat

Rent a Houseboat in the U.S.A. [Investigative Report]

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...
exterior of Lord Baltimore Hotel

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...
Aloft Ocean City

Aloft Ocean City

By Hope S. Philbrick In Ocean City, miles of hotel options tower above Maryland’s beach. Choosing where to stay can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t...

21 Point Inspection for Accommodations [NEW]

By Hope S. Philbrick hotel inspection From the day we launched Getaways for Grownups, we’ve consistently featured hotels and resorts. We will continue to do...
rent a houseboat

Rent a Houseboat in the U.S.A. [Investigative Report]

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...

Bourbon Country [2018 Update]

Savor America’s Native Spirit Loop through Kentucky on a road trip that promises adult fun, picturesque views, learning opportunities, tasty treats and free T-shirts By Hope...

Chimney Rock State Park

By Hope S. Philbrick In addition to how it seems to defy the laws of gravity, one of the most amazing things about Chimney Rock...
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...