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Bucket List Hikes

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It's hard to beat the exhilaration of reaching a mountain peak. After a challenging climb the breathtaking views are the sweet reward. Here are a few spectacular hikes worth adding to your bucket list. Peru Trek above and beyond the Inca Trail. This epic seven-day lodge-to-lodge trekking...

Olas Verdes First LEED-certified boutique surf hotel in Costa Rica

Experience adventure, culture, sanctuary, and pura vida. Olas Verdes, a Costa Rican boutique hotel in Playa Guiones, Nosara is thrilled to announce its opening as the world’s first LEED-certified surf hotel. Nestled away from the coastline alongside a jungle forever preserved, Olas Verdes provides immediate access...

Bike Active Volcanoes

Courtesy H+I Adventures
H+I Adventures launches new bike tour to Chile and Patagonia. Sweep down active volcanoes, crest high Andean passes and scale the granite in Torres del Paine. Award-winning mountain biking experts H+I Adventures have launched a new two-wheel odyssey along the trail of southern giants in Chile...

Festival of the Gauchos in Argentina

75th anniversary of the Gaucho Games Argentine Cowboys strut the streets for a  week-long festival and celebration of their culture Once a year in the historical town of San Antonio de Areco in Argentina, gauchos (a.k.a. cowboys) from all over the country gather to show off...

AGWA de Bolivia

Coca leaf liquor’s unique “green glow” is fun in Halloween cocktails—or any time of year. By Hope S. Philbrick AGWA de Bolivia, billed as the world’s premiere coca leaf liquor, is "grown in Bolivia, made in Amsterdam." I'd never heard of the green stuff previously, so...

Johnny Schuler, Master Distiller of Pisco Portón

By Hope S. Philbrick Master Distiller Johnny Schuler owes his current position as one of world’s foremost pisco authorities and advocates to a coincidence. In 1977 he was asked to step in as a judge at a pisco competition after the other judges became too inebriated...
lady looks at the camera while riding on a double decker bus in London, England

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...
Sea Island Forge kettle at Pursell Farms in AL

Sea Island Forge Kettles

By Hope S. Philbrick Sea Island Forge, based in St. Simons Island, Georgia, is sparking new traditions in backyards nationwide with its kettles. Every Sea Island...
shrimp & grits at Rustic Table in Pawleys Island on the SC Hammock Coast

Eat Up the SC Hammock Coast

By Hope S. Philbrick The Lowcountry, the U.S. East Coast ecosystem shared exclusively by South Carolina and Georgia, is home to spectacular scenery (in every...
Gumbo at Lagarde American Eatery in Chamblee GA

Lagarde American Eatery

By Hope S. Philbrick Sometimes, you want a hurricane. Not the destructive storm. The drink. The New Orleans cocktail so famous it can be recognized by its...
seating / dining area in the lobby at TownPlace Suites Marriott Parkersburg WV

TownPlace Suites Marriott Parkersburg WV

By Hope S. Philbrick Rarely does a hotel deliver on a promise almost immediately as you step through the guestroom door for the first time....
taco trio at Rock N Taco in Roswell GA

Rock ‘N’ Taco

By Hope S. Philbrick Feed your fantasy and live out your rock star dreams at Rock ‘N’ Taco in downtown Roswell, Georgia. With a soundtrack of...

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...
rent a houseboat

Rent a Houseboat 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...