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Viking Mississippi Debuts August 2022

Viking Mississippi on river
By Chris Chamberlain Book future fun! For the first time, Viking is accepting reservations for cruises along the Mississippi River aboard the Viking Mississippi, a new ship that will start sailing in August 2022. America has its share of river cruising options, but most revolve...

Houseboat Rentals in the U.S.A. [Exclusive]

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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 learned that only one company in the entire state of Georgia offered overnight houseboat rentals. Here, I posted an inside scoop...

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...

“Secret Cincinnati”

Secret Cincinnati
There are a million stories in Cincinnati, Ohio. Secret Cincinnati, a new book by Kentucky author Kathryn Witt, tells 89 of them—or at least shares enough about each of these “weird, wonderful and obscure” places to entice visitors to come see them in person. Is it...

Girlfriends Getaway to Twin Cities Gateway

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I'm not unbiased: I'm married to a Minnesotan. But on a recent visit I discovered places I wish I would have known about when I was single. Consider this solid advice.  By Hope S. Philbrick When you’re tired of swiping through online profiles and ready to...

The Hotel Saugatuck [Adults Only]

The Hotel Saugatuck
Plan an adults-only getaway at this hotel anytime, because kids aren't allowed. Ever. A new package this June includes vintage baseball. The Hotel Saugatuck is an 18-room luxury bed and breakfast with stunning views of Lake Kalamazoo in Saugatuck, Michigan. It offers modern amenities mere blocks from...

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bloomington at Mall of America

Convenient hotel located across the street from Mall of America... The No. 1 tourist destination in the United States! By Hope S. Philbrick Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bloomington at Mall of America is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just across the street from Mall of America...

Solimar Spa at Radisson Blu Mall of America

Radisson Blu MOA
Blissful retreat inside Mall of America, the No. 1 tourist destination in the United States. By Hope S. Philbrick It’s hard to believe, but the wondrous splendor that is Mall of America (MOA), an all-ages playground and the nation’s No. 1 tourist destination, actually was missing...

Radisson Blu Mall of America [UPDATE]

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 have no intention of stepping inside MOA—the largest indoor entertainment and shopping mall in the United States—Radisson Blu Mall...
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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...
aerial view of the San Diego Zoo in California USA

Private Tours of the San Diego Zoo

By Sherri Telenko I grew up hearing about the San Diego Zoo on television and watching zoo experts parade interesting species across talk show stages....
Soo Tour Boat in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Outdoors in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

By Sherri Telenko Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is not exactly a tourist town. It’s one of those places I had little desire to visit until...
2020 King of Kentucky bottle

King of Kentucky 3rd Edition

King of Kentucky is returning this year with the release of its third edition. Hitting shelves in September, this will be the third release...
blue bike resting on wood bridge at The Ballantyne in Charlotte NC

Play & Stay The Ballantyne

Change your view by spending a day on the golf course at Ballantyne in Charlotte, North Carolina. By Bill Bauer Recognized with a 4½-star rating by...

Mixed Case: Sheltering Sips (3 of ?)

Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen. Whether you’re perusing a bar menu while traveling...

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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Houseboat Rentals 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...
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...
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...