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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...
Louisville KY

Bourbon City: Louisville, Kentucky

Gateway to Bourbon Country. By Hope S. Philbrick Louisville, Kentucky is a must-stop for any bourbon lover. The city is packed with delicious bourbon experiences from...
Spartanburg SC

Eat & Burn: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Savor Hub City Our Eat & Burn series showcases destinations through their cuisine and inviting ways to burn calories. By Hope S. Philbrick Great restaurants and adventures...

Panama City Beach, Florida

By Chris Chamberlain It’s been close to a year since Hurricane Michael laid waste to a stretch of the Florida Panhandle, but the images 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...

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....
Hobnober Burger @ Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern

Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern [New Menu]

By Hope S. Philbrick Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern is welcoming summer with a new menu. New seasonal dinner items include crab and corn chowder, Charleston salmon, and...
Dressing Downton

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Editor's Note: In 2015, Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina exhibited "Dressing Downton." A new Downton Abbey-focused exhibit, "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition" was announced today...

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....
rent a houseboat

Rent a Houseboat in the U.S.A. [Investigative Report]

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...

Chimney Rock State Park

By Hope S. Philbrick In addition to how it seems to defy the laws of gravity, one of the most amazing things about Chimney Rock...
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...