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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...

Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia’s New River

Whitewater Rafting 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 Class IV and V rapids offers an adrenaline rush unlike just about any other outdoor experience. While whitewater rafting the...

Taste of Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville KY
One chef’s recommendations of the city’s top eateries. By Hope S. Philbrick Louisville, Kentucky is booming with great tastes, from bourbon and beyond. As a visitor to the city, it’s a challenge to narrow down the options of where to sip and savor. Too many options, too...

Bourbon City: Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville KY
Gateway to Bourbon Country. By Hope S. Philbrick Louisville, Kentucky is a must-stop for any bourbon lover. The city is packed with delicious bourbon experiences from distilleries to speakeasies, museums to bars, legendary traditions to innovations yet to be discovered. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center &...

Frankfort, Kentucky

Frankfort, Kentucky
Add the capital of the commonwealth to your Bourbon Country itinerary. By Hope S. Philbrick Though I’ve been doing business in the Bluegrass State for decades and it’s a favorite vacation destination—my husband and I have looped around the Kentucky Bourbon Trail multiple times—until a few...

Hotel Covington

Hotel Covington
Sleep like an angel at this sophisticated, adults-oriented boutique hotel in Downtown Covington, Kentucky where “historic” and “contemporary” gracefully collide. By Hope S. Philbrick What to do with an old department store? Unfortunately, it’s a question many American downtowns are being forced to ask. The best answer I’ve...

Art in Hamilton, Ohio

Butler County OH - Hamilton
Visual treats abound in Butler County. By Hope S. Philbrick Donuts are on the menu in Butler County, Ohio, home to the nation’s first Donut Trail. That gives you an easy dozen reasons to visit, since 12 mom-and-pop sweet shops comprise that sweet trail. What surprised us most...

Eat & Burn: Butler County, Ohio

Butler County Ohio
Sweet spot. Our Eat & Burn series showcases destinations through their cuisine and inviting ways to burn calories. By Hope S. Philbrick Butler County is located in the Southwestern region of Ohio; Indiana sits on its western border and Kentucky is less than an hour south. Reaching this...

Radisson Blu Mall of America [UPDATE]

This upscale hotel is connected by skyway to Mall of America, the No. 1 tourist destination in the United States. By Hope S. Philbrick If your destination is Mall of America (MOA), Radisson Blu Mall of America is a super convenient option for overnight accommodations. Even if you...
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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...
Franklin Barbecue in Austin TX

The Competitive World of Austin, Texas Barbecue

By Jill Gleeson Just how heated is the competition amongst purveyors of Austin, Texas barbeque? Heated enough that when I reached out to a certain...

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...
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Destination Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey: We've Been Expecting You The worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey becomes a grand motion picture event this fall as the beloved Crawleys and their...
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...
chicken with peaches at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in Black Mountain NC

Monte Vista Boutique Hotel & Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails [Second Location]

By Hope S. Philbrick When you hear that the folks behind one of Atlanta’s best restaurants decide to take over a boutique hotel in a...
avocado at District M in Sandy Springs GA

District M

By Hope S. Philbrick One fast way to get someone to hate you is to go to a sushi restaurant and ask to be served...
bone marrow tacos at Casi Cielo in Sandy Springs GA

Casi Cielo

By Hope S. Philbrick A friend of mine fell in love with her now-husband when she stepped into his shed and saw how well he...

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....
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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...

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...

Chimney Rock State Park

By Hope S. Philbrick In addition to how it seems to defy the laws of gravity, one of the most amazing things about Chimney Rock...