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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 is the fact that it’s accessible for everyone. Whether you adore or abhor exercise—heck, even if you can’t walk—you can...

Island of Hawaii [Open for Travel]

Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau
Where can you still go on the Island of Hawaii? Just about everywhere! Two-thirds of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed, and an active lava flow has closed a very small part of the island’s acreage. But Hawaii’s most diverse island still has a multitude...

The Best $100 I’ve Ever Spent on Travel

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Get wowed by Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch What a deal in Missouri! By Hope S. Philbrick On a multi-day road trip between Minnesota and Georgia, I recently chose to drive a route passing through St. Louis, Missouri. On the way North, I drove through St....

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C.
Q&A with co-author Renee Sklarew. The new book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C. Including Suburban and Outlying Areas of Maryland and Virginia, is the result of 12 months of energetic research by hiking enthusiasts Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper. The new guidebook includes...

17 Reasons to Visit Cartersville, Georgia

Cartersville GA
Need a reason to visit Cartersville, Georgia? We've got 17. By Hope S. Philbrick From art to volleyball, there’s much to see and do in Cartersville, Georgia. Here are 17 compelling reasons to visit the community located about 90 minutes north of Atlanta. We're sure you'll discover more. Historic...

Mill Pond Kayak and George L. Smith State Park [Nature Adventure]

Mill Pond Kayak - George L. Smith State Park
Twin City, Georgia is home to a picturesque, otherworldly setting and fun paddling challenge. Plus some sweet cottages. All inside a Georgia State Park. By Hope S. Philbrick One of my favorite things about my adopted home state of Georgia is that it’s packed with surprises; there’s...

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

Hammock Coast SC
The Lowcountry’s best-kept secret. By Hope S. Philbrick Sincere yet playful, beautiful yet authentic, loaded with everything a vacationer needs yet not overrun with tourist attractions: This is South Carolina’s Hammock Coast. Located between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, the Hammock Coast is comprised of five communities: Garden...

Harriet Tubman

Understand, Celebrate Her Story in Maryland. By Renée S. Gordon On the 104th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death (which was March 10, 1913) Maryland’s Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center opened. She was nearly 95 years old when she died in Auburn, New York and it...

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 one of my grandest personal accomplishments. Before I took one step I was confident that I’d be able to do...

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,...

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...
courtesy of The DeSoto by Sotherly

The DeSoto by Sotherly

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...
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...
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...

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...
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...