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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...

Mall of America [UPDATE]

Mall of America
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 don’t (gasp!) like to shop. By Hope S. Philbrick When the Mall of America opened in 1992 it had its share of...

The Best $100 I’ve Ever Spent on Travel

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Get wowed by Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch What a deal in Missouri! By Hope S. Philbrick On a multi-day road trip between Minnesota and Georgia, I recently chose to drive a route passing through St. Louis, Missouri. On the way North, I drove through St....
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...
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...

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...
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....