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Montreal, Quebec on Two Wheels

Our resident cycling enthusiast dishes on her recent roll through Canada's famed city. By Julia M. Bayly Montrealers love their city. Spend any time there and it’s pretty easy to see why. Food, culture, entertainment, the arts—take your pick. Did I mention the food? As an outsider looking...

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Luxury hotel with a tie to music history By Julia M. Bayly When it comes to a visit to Montreal, getting there can be half the fun. On a recent trip with my friend Kim, getting to that city from Fort Kent, Maine, meant a drive to Quebec...

Farmers in Chef Hats

Quebec writer’s award-winning book a must-read By Julia M. Bayly If you travel according to the demands of your stomach—or taste buds—there may be few better destinations than the island of Île d'Orléans in the St. Lawrence River, 15 minutes east of Quebec City. A cookbook by...

Iles de la Madeleine

Much to discover and enjoy, in any weather. Text and Photos by Julia Bayly “Would you like some dried herring with that?” There’s an offer you don’t get in too many pubs. Unless of course you find yourself on Iles de la Madeleine where the briny morsel...

Domaine du Vieux Couvent

A picturesque place to savor daily bread and lay down to sleep. Text and Photos by Julia Bayly As a product of a parochial education, I have to admit the idea of staying in a converted convent while on vacation was a bit, well, daunting. Would I...

Quebec Underground

There’s a reason spelunking rhymes with clunking. By Julia Bayly In hindsight, I’m kind of glad no one told me about the spiders. Small openings, enclosed spaces, tight corners, slippery ground and muck are fine. Subterranean arachnids? Not so much. But when you deliberately go underground, it’s best...

Cycling in Quebec

Fun — Even When You Get Lost Text and Photos By Julia Bayly We were on a mission. After reading several accounts listing Quebec as a bicycle-friendly destination, the time had come to find out. So a couple of weeks ago my cycling friend Penny McHatten of...

Eat & Burn: Cycling in Temiscouta

Our Eat & Burn series showcases destinations through their cuisine and unique ways to burn off the calories. Québec offers spectacular cycling and fine dining. Text and Photos By Julia Bayly It’s all about the descents. At least, that’s what I kept telling myself as I cycled...

Hôtel Tadoussac

Classy accommodations in Tadoussac, Canada’s oldest village and North America’s first official member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club. Since 1864, Hôtel Tadoussac has welcomed guests to its well-appointed property overlooking Tadoussac Bay and the St. Lawrence River. With its whitewashed walls,...

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...
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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...
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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...

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...
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...