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Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Slow Road through Appalachia by Katie DeTar Milepost 0: Waynesboro, VA. My Husband, David, pulls the call to the side of the road, pausing. “I just need a moment before we go back to reality,” he says. “I’m just not ready.” I agree. I need one...

Taste of Virginia

Good eats (and sips!) in the western part of the state. By Hope S. Philbrick If you’re planning to drive Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, as I did earlier this year—a highly enjoyable road trip—you’ll want to stop and eat along the route. Here...

West Virginia

Meet the Appalachian state. John Denver considered it “almost heaven;” tourism folks have tagged it “wild and wonderful.” By Hope S. Philbrick West Virginia wants to be your friend. How else to explain the fact that it’s billed as the northernmost Southern state, southernmost Northern state, easternmost...

Ohio Wine Country

Liquid tour of Ohio's Lake County. By Katie DeTar To say that the wines in Eastern Ohio’s Lake County were a pleasant surprise would be an understatement. It’s a generally accepted fact that a good red wine is hard to produce outside of a sun-drenched region....

Lebanon, Kentucky

Three essential Bourbon Trail stops in the heart of Kentucky. By Hope S. Philbrick Located in the center of the state, Lebanon markets itself as the “Heart of the Bourbon Belt,” the epicenter of barrel and bourbon making. It’s no mere boast. Lebanon is an official trailhead of...

Quick Stop: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Make the most of a brief visit. By Hope S. Philbrick We spent 22 hours in Sioux Falls, South Dakota—eight of them asleep. Though a longer visit is in order, if your road trip from Point A to Point B passes through Sioux Falls, heed our advice...

On The River

Navigate the waterways in Alton, Illinois By Hope S. Philbrick Since childhood, I’ve dreamed of being like Mark Twain. Perhaps writing isn’t the best way for me to mimic him, though. Maybe I should captain a barge down the mighty Mississippi River. Apparently, I’m really good at...

Brookport Bridge

"Functionally Obsolete" By Hope S. Philbrick After touring the caves “Under Kentucky,” I stopped in Paducah, Kentucky, to check out The National Quilt Museum. Getting to historic Paducah from I-65 was a relatively straight six-mile shot down a four-lane road that passed by various businesses commonly seen...

Death Valley Days, Nevada Nights

Riding the Loneliest Roads in America. By Glen Abbott “I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” Henry David Thoreau: Walden (1854) It feels like I’m in the middle of freaking nowhere: terrain so remote, so inhospitable, at one time the government set off above-ground...

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...