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Taste of Lafayette, Louisiana

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Give your taste buds a kick in the heart of Cajun Country. By Hope S. Philbrick Lafayette, Louisiana is known as the hub of all things Cajun—culture, history, festivals, Zydeco music, and cuisine can all be savored here. While traditional Cajun dishes will always have a place...

The Carriage House Hotel & Riverspa

Live It Up in Lafayette, Louisiana By Hope S. Philbrick There’s something special about stepping into a hotel room and feeling right at home. Literally at home. That’s the sensation my husband and I had when we discovered that our “room” at the Carriage House Hotel wasn’t...

NOWFE: 25 Years of Cheer

The 25th Anniversary of the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience will take place May 25-28, 2017, and tickets are on sale now for this highly anticipated, annual four-day event. For more than two decades NOWFE has showcased the culinary excellence in the New Orleans,...

Granbury, Texas

Spirited fun. By Renée S. Gordon Granbury, Texas, in Hood County, is notorious for the number of sites believed to be haunted as well as for the number of famous, quirky residents who have called it home. The earliest of these notable residents were dinosaurs that lived...

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio TX
Play. Eat. Drink. Stay. By Chris Chamberlain How can a city with the 7th largest population in the U.S. possibly be overlooked? Especially when it also is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the top ten with more than ten percent increase in population between 2010...

Lexington, Kentucky’s Art Infusion

Galleries abound. You can also meet a famous horse. By Renée S. Gordon Lexington is a wonderful place to experience Kentucky’s melding of southern hospitality, luxury and charm with cutting-edge sports, arts, dining and shopping. The city has distinguished itself as a premier location for cutting-edge art and...

Hillyer House

Hillyer House
Boutique shopping in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. By Hope S. Philbrick Hillyer House is an award-winning gallery established in 1970 by the Hillyer-Reed family. Owner Paige Riley collects exceptional works of art from over 400 local, regional and national artists. I recently talked by phone with Susannah Snyder,...

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The Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Shop at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. By Hope S. Philbrick The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi "opened in 1991 and is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), an American master, whose...

Cruise from New Orleans, Louisiana [Part 2]

Where to eat, drink and sleep in the Big Easy before going on a cruise. By Chris Chamberlain In my last piece, I shared the reasons why you should consider taking a 'Drive, Park and Cruise' vacation out of the port of New Orleans. To sum...

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...
Louisville KY

Bourbon City: Louisville, Kentucky

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...
Spartanburg SC

Eat & Burn: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Savor Hub City Our Eat & Burn series showcases destinations through their cuisine and inviting ways to burn calories. By Hope S. Philbrick Great restaurants and adventures...
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...
cookbook "Deep End of Flavor" by Chef Tenney Flynn

“The Deep End of Flavor”: New Cookbook by Chef Tenney Flynn

By Hope S. Philbrick This year, New Orleans, Louisiana’s GW Fins was ranked #7 in the Top 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants In the Country...
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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...
exterior of The Ballantyne, A Luxury Hotel, Charlotte NC

The Ballantyne: Golf Getaway Trifecta

By Bill Bauer In the Southeastern U.S., it’s not hard to find and play some great golf courses, stay in some classy hotels, and dine...
12-String Strut in Thomson GA

10+ Ideas for Adult Fun in Thomson, Georgia

By Hope S. Philbrick Thomson is one of our favorite small towns in Georgia, in part because it’s host to some of the state’s best...

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...

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...
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...