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Road-Tested Travel Gear: Walkee Paws Adjustable Fit Dog Leggings

Walkee Paws Adjustable Fit
By Hope S. Philbrick Walkee Paws sells gear to protect canine paws and legs from weather and weather-related dangers like hot pavement. Recently, Getaways for Grownups was asked to road-test a set with our new puppy. The Pitch: “When your favorite travel partner is man's best friend,...

Road-Tested Travel Gear: VinGardeValise

VinGardeValise Piccolo wine suitcase
By Hope S. Philbrick Fly With Wine sells suitcases it describes as “tough…yet gentle on glass.” The hard-sided suitcases boast dense foam inserts to cradle bottles, protecting them wherever you travel...whether you journey by plane, train, bus, automobile, horse-drawn wagon, boat, or however you go...

Road Tested Picnic Gear: Mermaid Straw & Rigwa Bowl

picnic gear
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, picnics are climbing up the list of fun things to do. Packing up a lunch or snacks to eat somewhere in the great outdoors, surrounded by fresh air and great views, really helps break up the monotony of staying...

Mixed Case: Sheltering Snacks

Empowered Cookies
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 sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic we’ve helped break up the monotony of our at-home routines by sampling several...

Product-Tested: Bottle None

Bottle None bar shampoo and conditioner in travel case with a white comb and white towel nearby
While humans around the world were sheltering in place for the coronavirus pandemic, the environment started to heal. If you missed the social media posts sharing photos of clear skies in parts of the world that hadn’t seen that shade of blue for far...

Product Tested: Fab Slabs

Fab Slabs go from counter to table
Australian cutting boards now available in the United States Fab Slabs is a family-owned and -operated business that hails from the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Its environmentally-friendly, permanently antibacterial boards combine utility with beauty for pieces you can enjoy for years to come. The Claim: “Cutting...

Road-Tested Travel Gear: Arcopédico Footwear [UPDATE]

Arcopédico Footwear sells shoes it describes as “simple, comfortable, weightless.” Founder Elio Parodi created the iconic knit shoe in 1966. In 2017 the “Easy Walk Experience Line” was introduced with the Lolita walking flats as the line’s first style. Recently, Getaways for Grownups was asked to...

All-Weather Test Drive [2018 Chevrolet Trax]

2018 Chevy Trax
We road-tested a 2018 Chevrolet Trax through storms, sun and even frost. The Chevy Trax served us well from Atlanta, Georgia to Covington, Kentucky to Shenandoah County, Virginia and back again, from highways to gravel roads, city streets to mountain switchbacks. By Hope S. Philbrick When I...

Kentucky Road Trip [Chevy Equinox]

Chevy Equinox
We test-drove a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV through picturesque Kentucky. All business, still fun. By Hope S. Philbrick When driving the sharpest-looking car in the lot, it’s easy to find even if you forget where you parked. I learned that lesson recently, while test-driving a 2018 Chevrolet...