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Hampshire County, West Virginia

Hampshire County WV
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 any time in...

Bardstown, Kentucky Revisited

Another look at the “Bourbon Capital of the World” 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 warrant revisiting and keep luring me back. Bardstown, Kentucky is one destination 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

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 City followed by a three-hour ride on...

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...