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Facial at Spa 122 & Salon

Get pampered in Shenandoah County, Virginia. By Hope S. Philbrick “We’re gifting you a facial on your way out of the valley,” my friends said on the morning I was scheduled to drive back home from Shenandoah County, Virginia. I hadn’t told them that I have such...

Adams County Pour Tour

Pour Tour
Savor the season in the bountiful Pennsylvania countryside near Gettysburg.  A new craft beverage tour highlights the pints and pours of Adams County, bringing together wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries. A tasty tour option for adults age 21 and older!  By Renee Sklarew Rooted in the heart...

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C.
Q&A with co-author Renee Sklarew. The new book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C. Including Suburban and Outlying Areas of Maryland and Virginia, is the result of 12 months of energetic research by hiking enthusiasts Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper. The new guidebook includes...

21+ More Adult Travel Stops in Shenandoah County, Virginia

Shenandoah County Artisan Trail
You want it, they got it. By Hope S. Philbrick We’ve already shared two great reasons to visit Shenandoah County, Virginia: It’s packed with 178 miles of hiking trails, which vary in level of difficulty but consistently deliver on spectacular views. And it’s loaded with artists producing hand-crafted...

Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Shenandoah County Artisan Trail
Explore the creative side of Shenandoah County, Virginia. "Hand-made treasures, locally-grown goodness and breath-taking beauty around every bend." By Hope S. Philbrick Three trails entice adults to explore Shenandoah County, Virginia: an Outdoors Trail, Spirits Trail, and Artisan Trail. The brochure for the last of these promises...

Hike Big Schloss

Big Schloss
One among many great hiking trail options in Shenandoah County, Virginia. By Hope S. Philbrick There are so many compelling hiking trail options in Shenandoah County, Virginia, that it's hard to choose just one, if that's all your schedule permits: The County boasts 178 miles of...

4+ Adults-Oriented Must-Dos in Winchester, Virginia

Winchester VA
Discover Winchester-Frederick County in the Shenandoah Valley. By Hope S. Philbrick My first impression of Winchester, Virginia: Don’t wait for a conference as an excuse to visit. You can’t really get to know a place while sitting in a meeting room. Fortunately, when I visited Winchester, Virginia for...

October is Virginia Wine Month

virginia wine month
Visit a winery—or, better yet, several of them—in Virginia to toast in fall. In addition to lip-smacking yummy adult beverages, enjoy autumn color and pleasant temperatures. By Chris Chamberlain We’re big fans of wine here at Getaways for Grownups, and discovering wine regions beyond traditional favorites...

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...

The George Washington Grand Hotel

The George Washington Grand Hotel
Wyndham Grand Hotel in Winchester, Virginia Hotel Review by Hope S. Philbrick Spa Review by Renée S. Gordon Travel often and you quickly learn there’s no guarantee that a hotel will be as “grand” as it claims to be. The George Washington Grand Hotel in Winchester, Virginia,...
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...

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...

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....