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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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...

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....