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Dollywood [2020 Update]

Adult-oriented amusements abound at Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. By Hope S. Philbrick A few years ago, before I'd ever set foot in the place, if you'd told me that after going to Dollywood I'd be eager to return, I'd have thought...

New Country Music Pathway in Tennessee

inside Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga TN guitars are on display, one stop on the Country Music Pathway
For a limited time, you can earn commemorative souvenirs including a custom Tennessee Music Pathways Guitar. Ken Burns tells the story of “Country Music” in his latest PBS documentary, but nothing compares to standing in the places where history was made. Tennessee Tourism has created...

10+ Ideas for Adult Fun in Thomson, Georgia

12-String Strut in Thomson GA
By Hope S. Philbrick Thomson is one of our favorite small towns in Georgia, in part because it’s host to some of the state’s best adults-oriented events: the Blind Willie McTell Music Festival and the Belle Meade Hunt Opening Meet. A new event this November promises...

Mountain Soul Vocal Competition

2018 Mountain Soul Winner, Kelsey Keith of Murfreesboro, TN
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 from across the nation to sing one of the songs she has penned. Competitors, male and female, choose a song written...

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

Blind Willie McTell Music Festival
With music and more, this Blues Festival will have you singing a happy tune. By Hope S. Philbrick Take your ears to Thomson, Georgia, and you'll be very glad you did. Come to the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival to hear some tunes and you’ll get treated...

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...

The Sound Table [Exclusive]

The Sound Table
Groovy eats and sips in Atlanta, Georgia. By Hope S. Philbrick While researching a review of The Sound Table for 17th South Magazine, I interviewed the chef and restaurateur. The magazine opted not to run these Q&As, which means you grownups get the scoop. Click the link above...

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...

Searching for Patsy Cline in Winchester, Virginia

Patsy Cline Winchester VA
Visit Winchester, Virginia, for insights into the singing legend’s life. By Renée S. Gordon It has been said that the loneliest time of the day is the hours between midnight and dawn. In 1957 Patsy Cline performed “Walkin After Midnight” on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts...
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...
morning pig slaughter at Augusta Boucherie

Augusta Boucherie

By Hope S. Philbrick In support of sustainable eating that’s healthy for people as well as the planet, foodies are eager to know exactly where...
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Cuthbert House Inn

By Hope S. Philbrick Among all the reasons to stay at Cuthbert House Inn—not least of which is the simple fact that it’s in Beaufort,...
Artisan Beauté view into windows from sidewalk

Artisan Beauté

By Hope S. Philbrick There are facials that feel good. Relaxing, even. You lie back while an esthetician slathers lotions and potions on your face...
cocktail at Clues and Cocktails in Atlanta GA

Clues and Cocktails: What To Do In Sweet Auburn After Hours

By Hope S. Philbrick Clues and Cocktails is a new venue in Atlanta’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. District—and because it’s part bar, it’s strictly...
3 bloody marys representing The Bloody Mary Festival Atlanta 2020

2nd Annual Bloody Mary Festival

The second annual Bloody Mary Festival Atlanta will take place at The Fairmont on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Atlanta is one of 12 cities nationwide...

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...
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...