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Nikolai’s Roof at Hilton Atlanta

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By Hope S. Philbrick Nikolai’s Roof is a singular spot known for sophisticated dining and upscale service in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a go-to for special occasions—though it’s equally suited to honoring life’s simple pleasures (like the fact that you finally remembered to pick up your...

Nacho Daddy Duluth GA

nachos at Nacho Daddy Duluth GA
By Hope S. Philbrick Among the stereotypes about Las Vegas, Nev., is that you can eat for cheap. The first location of Nacho Daddy that’s outside of Las Vegas (where there are three locations) is in Duluth, Ga., and it upholds that notion. “A couple can...

Craddock Terry Hotel

image courtesy Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center Lynchburg VA
By Hope S. Philbrick When searching for hotels in Lynchburg, Virginia, discerning grownups need look no further than the Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center. Step into a spacious hotel that feels swanky yet welcoming and offers everything you need to enjoy an overnight getaway, from...

Fat Patties [2019 Update]

Serious yum in Beaufort and Bluffton, South Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick Driving five hours for French fries sounds insane, especially when the place you’re driving from is the Southern culinary extravaganza that is Atlanta, Ga. But if Fat Patties is the destination, then call shot-gun. Before...

Beaufort Shrimp Festival

Taste South Carolina's Lowcountry at the annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival. By Hope S. Philbrick For the third time, I joined the judges panel at the Silver Cup competition, a restaurant competition that's part of the annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival in Beaufort, SC. The 25th Annual...

Monte Vista Boutique Hotel & Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails [Second Location]

chicken with peaches at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in Black Mountain NC
By Hope S. Philbrick When you hear that the folks behind one of Atlanta’s best restaurants decide to take over a boutique hotel in a small town a few hours away, it’s certainly worth checking out. That’s how my husband and I ended up spending a...

District M

avocado at District M in Sandy Springs GA
By Hope S. Philbrick One fast way to get someone to hate you is to go to a sushi restaurant and ask to be served anything other than raw seafood. Who’s that obnoxious, right? Well, me. Some of us just happen to favor flaky fish, yet still...

Casi Cielo

bone marrow tacos at Casi Cielo in Sandy Springs GA
By Hope S. Philbrick A friend of mine fell in love with her now-husband when she stepped into his shed and saw how well he organized his tools (labels were involved and she swooned). Hard not to imagine things might have turned out differently if...

Tin Drum Asian Kitchen

menu items at Tin Drum Asian Kitchen
By Hope S. Philbrick If it’s been awhile since your last meal at Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, time to go again. Haven’t been yet? You’re long overdue. Tin Drum Asian Kitchen (commonly referred to simply as Tin Drum) is an Atlanta-based fast casual eatery founded by...
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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...
Franklin Barbecue in Austin TX

The Competitive World of Austin, Texas Barbecue

By Jill Gleeson Just how heated is the competition amongst purveyors of Austin, Texas barbeque? Heated enough that when I reached out to a certain...

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...
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Nikolai’s Roof at Hilton Atlanta

By Hope S. Philbrick Nikolai’s Roof is a singular spot known for sophisticated dining and upscale service in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a go-to for special...
rear view of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

By Hope S. Philbrick You might walk around Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famed home in Charlottesville, Virginia, and think it’s incredibly peaceful and relaxing. The grounds!...
nachos at Nacho Daddy Duluth GA

Nacho Daddy Duluth GA

By Hope S. Philbrick Among the stereotypes about Las Vegas, Nev., is that you can eat for cheap. The first location of Nacho Daddy that’s...
The Ghastly Dreadfuls

The Ghastly Dreadfuls [2019 Update]

The Center for Puppetry Arts unearths a Halloween tradition October 9-26, 2019—and it's exclusively for ADULTS! Atlanta, Ga., Halloween tradition awakens from the dead for spooky...
image courtesy Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center Lynchburg VA

Craddock Terry Hotel

By Hope S. Philbrick When searching for hotels in Lynchburg, Virginia, discerning grownups need look no further than the Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center. Step...

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...
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...