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West Virginia’s Country Roads

Road Tripping Through West Virginia By Hope S. Philbrick On Saturday, June 4, 2016, after a quick but delicious lunch at South Main Kitchen in Alpharetta, Ga., I starting driving toward Nemacolin. To break up the drive, I’d scheduled an overnight at Country Road Cabins in...

In Season: Belmont & McAdenville

Christmas lights
Holiday spirit lights up the skies south of Charlotte, North Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick If there’s one drawback to being a grownup it’s that it’s too easy to get caught up in all the must-dos that build up this time of year that you forget...

Roadside Find: Bourbon Water Tower in Lebanon, Kentucky

bourbon water tower
Maker’s Mark mural covers Lebanon, Kentucky's water tower. New bourbon photo op stop on Kentucky Bourbon Trail. A new landmark and photo op stop is in Lebanon, Kentucky. Any Maker’s Mark fan or Kentucky Bourbon Trail enthusiast will not want to miss it. The City of Lebanon’s water...

Discount Travel With AARP

The holiday season is one of the busiest travel seasons. Before you pack your bags, Matt Phillips with AARP Services, shares some holiday travel essentials for grownups 50 and older. What are you learning about Americans’ 2015 holiday travel plans? We know many AARP members will be...

The Outer Banks

Outer Banks NC
10 reasons to pack your bags for the North Carolina coast. By Hope S. Philbrick A 130-mile stretch of barrier islands off the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks—or OBX for short—is a place of inspiration, quiet reflection, adventure, isolation, community, history and discovery. It feels like...

Virginia Cider

Virginia Cider
Rediscover a traditional libation. By Hope S. Philbrick When filling up their mugs, which beverage did John Adams and Thomas Jefferson prefer? According to Virginia Cider, Adams drank a tankard of cider each day before breakfast—a habit he credited with his health and long life—while...

Mississippi Delta Blues Trail, Part 2

juke joint on Mississippi Delta Blues Trail
An American Pilgrimage, Part 2 How history and culture gave rise to the blues. By Renée S. Gordon We have been exploring the Mississippi Delta Blues Trail, following the footsteps of the bluesmen. They were born, formed and developed their distinctive styles here based on the musical...

Mississippi Delta Blues Trail

An American Pilgrimage, Part 1. How history and culture gave rise to the blues. By Renée S. Gordon “The history of a people is found in its songs.” — George Jellinek There is no region in the country that is more distinctive and descriptive of a significant African...

Surry Sonker Trail

New North Carolina trail showcases a tasty confection. North Carolina’s newest culinary trail showcases a heritage food passed down from generation to generation in Surry County. The Surry Sonker Trail leads visitors to several places that serve sonker, a cobbler-esque dessert unique to the county. Seven...

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...