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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...

Hotel du Pont

HOTEL DU PONT Wilmington DE
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 that particular hotel organization over any other because its members consistently impress and are rich with stories. Plus, there’s usually a...
Berlin Germany skyline photo by Jill Gleeson

Buzz-Worthy Berlin, Germany

By Jill Gleeson It’s almost impossible not to love Berlin, Germany. It should be disappointing—after all, it’s been the epitome of European cool for at least...
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...
cocktail at Clues and Cocktails in Atlanta GA

Clues and Cocktails: What To Do In Sweet Auburn After Hours

By Hope S. Philbrick Clues and Cocktails is a new venue in Atlanta’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. District—and because it’s part bar, it’s strictly...
3 bloody marys representing The Bloody Mary Festival Atlanta 2020

2nd Annual Bloody Mary Festival

The second annual Bloody Mary Festival Atlanta will take place at The Fairmont on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Atlanta is one of 12 cities nationwide...
exterior view of Greystone Miami Beach

Greystone Miami Beach [NEW Adults-Only Hotel]

Greystone Miami Beach to open its doors January 2020. Historic 1930’s boutique adults-only hotel has undergone a complete revitalization. The property's culinary outlets are...

Dollywood [2020 Update]

Adult-oriented amusements abound at Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. By Hope S. Philbrick A few years ago, before I'd ever set foot...
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...

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....
rent a houseboat

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...

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...
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...