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“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...

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 &...

Chihuly at Biltmore [Special Exhibit]

Chihuly at Biltmore
Famed artist's glass sculptures enhance the landscape around the historic architectural wonder in Asheville, North Carolina.  By Hope S. Philbrick There’s no way to see it all at Biltmore: America’s largest home has 250 rooms! As you’re meandering from room to room—even if you’re listening to the...

How To Show Off Atlanta, Georgia

ATL v NYC. How to show off Atlanta, Georgia for the win. Genuine WOWs in the capital city of the South's Empire State. By Hope S. Philbrick A reader recently reached out with a challenge: "I'm soon hosting very New Yorkers and I want to one-up them...

Paisley Park

Paisley Park
Tour Prince’s former compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota. By Hope S. Philbrick Every Minnesotan has a Prince story. Mine is this: When I was in high school, the dad who lived next door was a private music teacher. Prince was one of his former students. One evening, a...

Introduction to Georgia [Itinerary]

Georgia
Two weeks is all it takes to fall in love with the southern state we call home. Wondering what to do in Atlanta? What to do in Georgia? Here are our top picks for a get-to-know-Georgia tour, whether it's your first-ever visit, a deeper exploration...

Atlanta CityPASS

CityPASS
Save 40% touring the major attractions in Atlanta, Georgia with CityPASS. By Hope S. Philbrick In the 20 years that I’ve lived in Atlanta, Georgia, I’ve never really played tourist. I’ve seen most of the major attractions over the years, usually when they served as a...

15+ Date Night Ideas in Covington, Georgia

Covington Georgia
Covington, Georgia does not suck…despite what you may have heard about its vampires. By Hope S. Philbrick One trip to Covington, Georgia, and my husband and I are binge-watching "The Vampire Diaries" like a couple of teenage girls. Visit and you may get similarly bitten. Covington has hosted...

In Season: Dollywood [2017 Christmas Update]

“If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.” —Dolly Parton Adults-oriented amusements abound, from thrill rides to seasonal performances. Smoky Mountain Christmas features 4 million lights, a colorful parade, and other themed treats. By Hope S. Philbrick   'Tis the season for Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. The seasonal...

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...
Whitewater Rafting West Virginia's New River

Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia’s New River

Find thrills on the water in southern West Virginia. By Rachel Cooper As an experienced flat-water kayaker, I am comfortable on the water. But riding through...
dog at adults only dog friendly campground in NC

4 Paws Kingdom Campground & Dog Retreat

Welcome to an adults only dog friendly campground in North Carolina. 21 Plus Salute! This childfree retreat offers camping serenity, whether you prefer a tent,...
Mall of America

Girlfriends Getaway to Twin Cities Gateway

I'm not unbiased: I'm married to a Minnesotan. But on a recent visit I discovered places I wish I would have known about when...
The B-Line passport

The B-Line [B Is For Bourbon]

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...
"A Vanderbilt House Party" at Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC

“A Vanderbilt House Party” at Biltmore Estate

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...
2018 Mountain Soul Winner, Kelsey Keith of Murfreesboro, TN

Mountain Soul Vocal Competition

The 15th annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is calling for entries. This unique competition honors the songwriting of Sevierville native Dolly Parton by encouraging contestants...
HOTEL DU PONT Wilmington DE

Hotel du Pont

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...
Paradise Rental Boats

Rent a Houseboat on Lake Lanier [Inside Scoop]

2019 UPDATE: A new vendor has a new fleet of houseboats  available for overnight rental on Lake Lanier! We will check it out and...

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...

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...