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Hampshire County, West Virginia

Hampshire County WV
Natural wonders, enduring traditions By Hope S. Philbrick Hampshire County, which celebrates its 263rd anniversary this year, is the oldest county in the state of West Virginia. Billed as a “natural, two-lane paradise,” the County borders Virginia and serves as a gateway to the Potomac Highlands. Spend...

Dollywood

Dollywood
Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. By Hope S. Philbrick “Are you a Dolly Parton fan?” asks the therapist massaging my back at The Spa at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. I answer: “How could you not be?” Because, seriously, whether you love her music or not, her...

Bardstown, Kentucky Revisited

Another look at the “Bourbon Capital of the World” Even if you’ve visited Bardstown before, odds are that you haven’t seen it all. By Hope S. Philbrick In my line of work, I most often visit someplace that I’ve never been before. But there are exceptions that...

Brain Teasers in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia
Three museums spark thought, conversation. Two trails commemorate history. Trivia surprises. By Hope S. Philbrick Richmond, Virginia is located within a day’s drive of half the U.S. population and is easily accessible from I-64, I-85, I-95 and I-295. Need an excuse to visit? The Richmond region boasts more than...

Georgia Veterans State Park

On the shores of Lake Blackshear. By Hope S. Philbrick Georgia Veterans State Park can simplify your vacation planning. One stop and you can relax, feast, learn more about the region and history, and even explore Southwest Georgia—all without getting back in your car. At Georgia Veterans...

Trains in the Old 96 District

On Track in Rural Southwestern South Carolina By Hope S. Philbrick The Old 96 District may be “off the beaten path and proud of it,” as tourism marketing materials claim, but it also houses three sites that make this rural South Carolina region a must-stop for...

O Roanoke, Virginia

Rail heritage lives in Virginia’s “Star City.” By Hope S. Philbrick Trains are an essential element of Roanoke, Virginia, from its heritage as a manufacturer of steam engines to its future Amtrak station. Whether you geek out about trains or haven’t really ever given them much thought,...

Appalachian Trains

Ride the rails in West Virginia for great scenery, adventure. By Hope S. Philbrick “Trains are time capsules,” says Robert Van Camp, creator and producer of Great Scenic Railway Journeys, PBS's longest-running travel show. Riding a train is invigorating, exciting, relaxing and more. “You don’t need a...

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Luxury hotel with a tie to music history By Julia M. Bayly When it comes to a visit to Montreal, getting there can be half the fun. On a recent trip with my friend Kim, getting to that city from Fort Kent, Maine, meant a drive to Quebec...

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Enjoy a leisurely one-hour train ride from a quaint town in North Georgia to the Georgia/Tennessee state line By Hope S. Philbrick Supposedly the energy force felt when crossing the equator shakes airplanes and boats. Thus I wasn’t sure what to expect while placing one foot on each...
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,...
Turri, Finland

Kyläkauppa Veljekset Keskinen: Finland’s Largest Shopping Mall

Shopping Therapy in Tuuri, Finland By Hans Egefalk In central Finland, just east of the town of Alavus, in between Vasa at the coast and Jyväskylä...
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...
Kaatsbaan Lodge Main Lodge exterior photo by Michelle Blaakman

Kaatsbaan Lodge

By Katie DeTar My best childhood memories center around weeks spent at summer camp. I would meet again with old friends made the year before,...
Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival

The Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival

Dad's Garage presents The Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival: 21 Plus Salute! This new event is for adults only! Move over BaconFest, Dad’s Garage Theatre...
2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Lafayette LA

2019 Chevy Traverse [Test-Drive]

By Hope S. Philbrick The best work trips combine work and play. Same is true of a vehicle. The Chevrolet Traverse erases the distinction, making...

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...
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...