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Johnny’s Hideaway

Johnny's Hideaway in Buckhead Atlanta GA is a hot nightclub
21 Plus Salute! By Hope S. Philbrick There’s no casino attached to Johnny’s Hideaway, but it feels like there should be…or perhaps like a dealer might step up to dole out blackjack at your table any minute. It also feels like a speakeasy, but there’s a...

Barcelona Wine Bar Atlanta Westside Ironworks

potato tortilla at Barcelona Wine Bar
One visit to Barcelona Wine Bar makes you eager to return. By Hope S. Philbrick Tortilla de patatas (aka tortilla Española) ranks high on the list of foods I love. First introduced to the dish in Barcelona during the 1980s, my adoration proved to be no...

Nikolai’s Roof at Hilton Atlanta

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By Hope S. Philbrick Nikolai’s Roof is a singular spot known for sophisticated dining and upscale service in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a go-to for special occasions—though it’s equally suited to honoring life’s simple pleasures (like the fact that you finally remembered to pick up your...

The Ghastly Dreadfuls [2019 Update]

The Ghastly Dreadfuls
The Center for Puppetry Arts unearths a Halloween tradition October 9-26, 2019—and it's exclusively for ADULTS! Atlanta, Ga., Halloween tradition awakens from the dead for spooky delights. The Ghastly Dreadfuls rises from the grave once again to haunt the Center for Puppetry Arts, October 9-26, 2019, with...

Fat Patties [2019 Update]

Serious yum in Beaufort and Bluffton, South Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick Driving five hours for French fries sounds insane, especially when the place you’re driving from is the Southern culinary extravaganza that is Atlanta, Ga. But if Fat Patties is the destination, then call shot-gun. Before...

Beaufort Shrimp Festival

Taste South Carolina's Lowcountry at the annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival. By Hope S. Philbrick For the third time, I joined the judges panel at the Silver Cup competition, a restaurant competition that's part of the annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival in Beaufort, SC. The 25th Annual...

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

chicken with peaches at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in Black Mountain NC
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 small town a few hours away, it’s certainly worth checking out. That’s how my husband and I ended up spending a...

Casi Cielo

bone marrow tacos at Casi Cielo in Sandy Springs GA
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 organized his tools (labels were involved and she swooned). Hard not to imagine things might have turned out differently if...

Pleasant Lane Acres Bed & Breakfast

exterior of Pleasant Lane Acres B&B
By Hope S. Philbrick “The bar is always open,” said Barbara Rupert of Pleasant Lane Acres B&B, co-owner and co-innkeeper with her husband Don. Good news, since my husband and I would hate to miss cocktail hour. We planned to grab dinner along the way, but...
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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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Golf Georgia State Parks

Fore Sure: Golf Georgia State Parks for fun in beautiful settings. By Bill Bauer Georgia is steeped in golf tradition. It is the home of the...
tacos at bartaco Chastain Park Atlanta GA

Bartaco

Sometimes, you deserve to just sit back and let people bring you trays of rocking tacos. At such times, head to Bartaco. By Hope S....
Atlanta Bachelorette Party Ideas

Atlanta Bachelorette Party Ideas

By Hope S. Philbrick A reader recently reached out for Atlanta bachelorette party ideas. "The bridesmaids are planning the whole thing, and I’m not supposed...
Botiwalla Indian Street Grill in Alpharetta GA

Botiwalla

It’s always a good sign when an ethnic restaurant counts members of that ethnicity among its dining patrons. On a recent visit to the new...
Johnny's Hideaway in Buckhead Atlanta GA is a hot nightclub

Johnny’s Hideaway

21 Plus Salute! By Hope S. Philbrick There’s no casino attached to Johnny’s Hideaway, but it feels like there should be…or perhaps like a dealer might...

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...
The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn [Update: New Pod]

By Hope S. Philbrick “This is the best thing ever,” said my husband after emerging from underneath a therapeutic waterfall. I’d already tried it. He was...