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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...

Four Roadside Finds: Florida’s East Coast

Grownup fun, times four. By Hope S. Philbrick Five hundred years ago, Spanish explorers led by Juan Ponce de León stepped ashore in Florida. 2013 marks the milestone of that fateful step. Led by the Florida Department of State, the Viva Florida 500 celebration is taking...

Roadside Find: Georgia Peaches

Sweet and delicious Georgia peaches are in season mid-May through mid-August. This time of year, any drive through the Southern part of the state, where orchards abound—and where it’s typically 10 degrees warmer than whatever the temperature is in Atlanta—will pass billboards proclaiming the...

Arkansas State Park Lodges

Spectacular sunrises, sunsets and views to admire all day long at three great escapes into nature. By Hope S. Philbrick On a recent trip through Arkansas, a busload of travel writers checked into lodges at three Arkansas state parks: Mount Magazine, DeGray Lake Resort and Petit...
2018 Chevy Trax

All-Weather Test Drive [2018 Chevrolet 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...
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk - Hammock Coast

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast Welcomes Vacationers Back

Coastal Communities in Georgetown County Avoided Worst of Hurricane Florence’s Wrath South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, with idyllic fall weather in the forecast and an ever-popular...
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...
eat in Blowing Rock NC

Where To Eat in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Small town, big flavor. By Hope S. Philbrick Taste buds are the only essential to bring on any trip to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Blowing Rock has...
Meadowbrook Inn

Meadowbrook Inn

If you’ve always wanted to feel rich without actually forking over too much cash, book a stay at Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. You can sprawl out in a suite at surprisingly affordable rates—plus, if your travel dates are flexible, you can save even more with specials.
Savannah Marriott Riverfront

Savannah Marriott Riverfront

$20-million renovation complete at Savannah Marriott Riverfront!  By Hope S. Philbrick “We have the strangest collection of things in this car,” said my friend Jan, as...

Mixed Case: Forward Tastes

Twelve Tasty Sips Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen. Whether you’re perusing a bar...

Mixed Case: ‘Tis The Season for Wine

Twelve Tasty Sips Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen. Whether you’re perusing a bar...
Paradise Rental Boats

Rent a Houseboat on Lake Lanier [Inside Scoop]

2018 UPDATE: Paradise Rental Boats sold its houseboat fleet. This service is no longer available with the company that we reviewed. Rather than delete...

How To Show Off Atlanta, Georgia

ATL v NYC. How to show off Atlanta, Georgia for the win. Genuine WOWs in the capital city of the South's Empire State. By Hope S....
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...

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...
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...