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Blended Burger Project

Blended Burger Project
Second annual chef invitational invites eaters to ‘shroom. By Hope S. Philbrick This summer, the James Beard Foundation and the Mushroom Council are serving up the 2nd annual Blended Burger Project—a national initiative that invites restaurants and chefs nationwide to create ‘blended burgers,’ that is, patties...

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Glorious respite. A gem on "Georgia’s Jewel" Jekyll Island. By Hope S. Philbrick Blue skies. Gentle breezes that whiff of saltwater. Spanish moss that dances among acres of live oak trees that bow to the ground. Streets that serve more bikes than cars. Salt marsh grasses that...

Ian Cox: Atlanta’s Most Imaginative Bartender

The Luminary mixologist will head to Las Vegas on September 8 to vie for the national crown in a competition sponsored by Bombay Sapphire. By Hope S. Philbrick Ian Cox of The Luminary has been named the Atlanta finalist in Bombay Sapphire’s search for the “most...

Titan-bon Cocktail: Recipe Update

Another look at a cocktail recipe inspired by a box of South Carolina peaches. By Hope S. Philbrick Several peach seasons ago, an associate sent me a case of fresh-picked peaches from Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, South Carolina. The peaches were juicy, flavorful, freestone (which...

60th Anniversary of the Piña Colada

Caribe Hilton, Birthplace of the Piña Colada, Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Puerto Rico’s Official Drink Beachfront Resort in San Juan Welcomes Guests with Special $60 Offer Hilton is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Piña Colada and its place in history as the island resort...

Chef Peter Glander

Executive Chef of Ruby Tuesday By Hope S. Philbrick As executive chef of Ruby Tuesday, Chef Peter Glander’s influence reaches from Maryville, Tennessee, where the company is based, to 800 restaurants around the world. He studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and...

National Repeal Day

Clicking chilled glasses and frosty mugs is a gesture that carries more significance than usual today. December 5, 2013, is the 80th anniversary of the 21st Amendment being ratified, which put an end to Prohibition and made it legal for Americans to drink alcoholic beverages again. Falling...

AGWA de Bolivia

Coca leaf liquor’s unique “green glow” is fun in Halloween cocktails—or any time of year. By Hope S. Philbrick AGWA de Bolivia, billed as the world’s premiere coca leaf liquor, is "grown in Bolivia, made in Amsterdam." I'd never heard of the green stuff previously, so...

Ode to South Carolina

A cocktail recipe inspired by a box of South Carolina peaches. By Hope S. Philbrick A rivalry, I think it's a friendly one, exists between South Carolina and Georgia. That may be true of football, but I'm the last person you should ask. I'm talking about...

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...