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Mixed Case: Sheltering Snacks

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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

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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

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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]

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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]

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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...

Goodnight Brothers Country Ham

Goodnight Brothers
All natural, dry cured ham made in Boone, North Carolina. Since 1948, Goodnight Brothers has been producing all natural, dry cured ham in the North Carolina High Country. The production process takes about a year to complete. Starting with pigs that are raised on family farms where...

Edwards Virginia Smokehouse

S. Wallace Edwards & Sons; Producers of Virginia’s finest smoked meats & specialty foods since 1926. Upgrade your grilling game, year round. By Hope S. Philbrick This year, I’ll be cooking two Thanksgiving dinners, one for a friend visiting the week before the holiday (the date he...

Aquaviz & Sportviz

Don’t let the fact that you wear glasses stop you from playing sports. If you wear glasses, or have figured out that contacts and water don’t easily mix, Anglo Italian Optical makes it easy to see while swimming or skiing. The company launched the Aquaviz and...
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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...
The Painted Pin bowling lane

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...
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...
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...