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TownPlace Suites Marriott Parkersburg WV

seating / dining area in the lobby at 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. But TownPlace Suites Marriott in Parkersburg, West Virginia does just that. After pushing open the door to what would be my...

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

rear view of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
By Hope S. Philbrick You might walk around Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famed home in Charlottesville, Virginia, and think it’s incredibly peaceful and relaxing. The grounds! The architecture! The views! But things aren’t what they were when Thomas Jefferson was alive. For starters, he had to deal with...

Craddock Terry Hotel

image courtesy Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center Lynchburg VA
By Hope S. Philbrick When searching for hotels in Lynchburg, Virginia, discerning grownups need look no further than the Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center. Step into a spacious hotel that feels swanky yet welcoming and offers everything you need to enjoy an overnight getaway, from...

Quick Stop: Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland
By Hope S. Philbrick At dinner with friends one night, our friends revealed that they’d be going to Baltimore, Maryland in a few days. “Eat dinner at Aldo’s!” I said, and then went on and on about the restaurant in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood. Years earlier,...

2019 Chevrolet Equinox [Test-Drive]

2019 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LT 2.0T
By Hope S. Philbrick This trunk holds a ridiculous amount of shoes. As a professional traveler, I pride myself on being able to pack light. When I fly, I’m strictly carry-on only (in part because I’m anti hidden fees). Road trips, however, do allow packing extras...

Sandaway Suites & Beach

Sandaway Suites and Beach
By Hope S. Philbrick “We can’t be all things to all people,” says Wendy Gibson, who owns and operates Sandaway Suites & Beach in Oxford, Maryland, along with her husband Ken. “So we’re no dogs, no kids.” To that we say, “21 Plus Salute!” Our highest...

Lord Baltimore Hotel

exterior of Lord Baltimore Hotel
By Hope S. Philbrick My personal affection for Lord Baltimore Hotel began while I was sitting behind my desk in my home office. Struggling with details of a trip to Maryland that began as a quick weekend romantic getaway but morphed into a 10-day multi-destination...

21 Point Inspection for Accommodations [NEW]

By Hope S. Philbrick hotel inspection From the day we launched Getaways for Grownups, we’ve consistently featured hotels and resorts. We will continue to do so: We know that wherever you go and for whatever reason you’re going there, accommodations can set the mood for...

The Hotels at Fager’s Island

The Hotels at Fager's Island
By Hope S. Philbrick When reclining on a zebra-patterned chaise lounge, is it appropriate to pop up one knee in the same way it’s best to pop out a pinkie finger whilst holding a delicate teacup? It’s easy to start pondering such etiquette details when staying...
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...

Culinary Weekend: Hilton Head Island

By Hope S. Philbrick Nothing satisfies the soul like Lowcountry cuisine. Except, perhaps, the Lowcountry itself. Add them together for a truly satisfying vacation destination....
king guestroom at The Burgess Hotel in Atlanta GA

The Burgess Hotel

By Hope S. Philbrick If you're looking for more than a place to lie your head and rather someplace that will also touch your heart,...
Fab Slabs go from counter to table

Product Tested: Fab Slabs

Australian cutting boards now available in the United States Fab Slabs is a family-owned and -operated business that hails from the Sunshine Coast of Australia....
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...

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...
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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...