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Quick Stop: Morgantown, West Virginia

Make the most of a brief visit to “The best walking city in the U.S.” By Hope S. Philbrick We spent just 19 hours in Morgantown, West Virginia—eight of them asleep. Though a longer visit to this community is in order—Morgantown, situated on the banks of the...

Quick Stop: Lebanon, Kentucky

Make the most of a brief visit to “The Heart of Kentucky.” A quick stop here is like taking a single shot of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. By Hope S. Philbrick Whether it’s to explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Urban Bourbon Trail or Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft...

Quick Stop: Shelbyville, Kentucky

Make the most of a brief visit to “The American Saddlebred Capital of the World.” By Hope S. Philbrick We spent less than 24 hours in Shelbyville, Kentucky—eight of them asleep. Though a longer visit is in order to “The American Saddlebred capital of the world,”...

Quick Stop: Belmont, North Carolina

By Hope S. Philbrick We spent less than 24 hours in Belmont, North Carolina—eight of them asleep. And yet it was enough to fall head over heels for the place. Though a longer visit is in order, if your road trip from Point A to Point...

Quick Stop: Paducah, Kentucky

Make the most of a brief visit to this UNESCO creative city. Spacious overnight accommodations at Fox Briar Inn earn our top honor, 21 Plus Salute! By Hope S. Philbrick We spent just 18-1/2 hours in Paducah, Kentucky—eight of them asleep. Though a longer visit to this historic...

Quick Stop: Rockford, Illinois

By Hope S. Philbrick We spent just 20 hours in Rockford, Illinois—eight of them asleep. Though a longer visit to this community is in order—Rockford is one of Illinois’ largest cities; it's smaller than Chicago, but bigger than Peoria or Springfield—if your road trip from Point...

Quick Stop: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

By Hope S. Philbrick We spent 22 hours in Sioux Falls, South Dakota—eight of them asleep. Though a longer visit is in order, if your road trip from Point A to Point B passes through Sioux Falls, heed our advice to make the most of an...

Quick Stop: Clarksville, Tennessee

By Hope S. Philbrick We spent just 17 hours in Clarksville, Tennessee—eight of them asleep. Though a longer visit to the state’s fifth-largest city is in order, if your road trip from Point A to Point B passes through Clarksville, heed our advice to make the...

Quick Stop: Madison, Wisconsin

One brief visit has us eager to return. By Hope S. Philbrick Our first trip to Madison, Wisconsin was a two-night layover during a recent month-long road trip. That quick stop only whet our appetite to return. Here are just a few of the things we...
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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...
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Fun Things To Do in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

By Hope S. Philbrick Most any time of any year, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a small community in the Great Smoky Mountains nestled between Sevierville and...
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The Painted Pin [2020 Update]

Coronavirus Era: Same house, new rules! Painted Hospitality has announced that The Painted Pin and its sibling business The Painted Duck will officially reopen on Wednesday,...
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins

By Hope S. Philbrick There’s no need to choose between relaxing mountain vistas and bustling Dollywood: Enjoy both during one getaway by staying at one...

Mixed Case: Sheltering Sips (2 of ?)

15 Tasty Sips Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries. Let our guide lead to new taste destinations. By...
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Mixed Case: Sheltering Snacks

Tasty Treats Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent taste discoveries. By Hope S. Philbrick This column typically features ‘adult beverages,’ but while...

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....

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...
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Houseboat Rentals 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...
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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...