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The Burgess Hotel

king guestroom at The Burgess Hotel in Atlanta GA
By Hope S. Philbrick If you're looking for more than a place to lie your head and rather someplace that will also touch your heart, stay at The Burgess Hotel. This special place will sweep you off your feet. If you’re visiting Atlanta, Georgia, be sure to...

Sea Island Forge Kettles

Sea Island Forge kettle at Pursell Farms in AL
By Hope S. Philbrick Sea Island Forge, based in St. Simons Island, Georgia, is sparking new traditions in backyards nationwide with its kettles. Every Sea Island Forge kettle can be used as a both a fire pit and an open-fire cooking system—and it’s easy to switch...

Eat Up the SC Hammock Coast

shrimp & grits at Rustic Table in Pawleys Island on the SC Hammock Coast
By Hope S. Philbrick The Lowcountry, the U.S. East Coast ecosystem shared exclusively by South Carolina and Georgia, is home to spectacular scenery (in every season), bountiful seafood (oysters, grouper, scallops, triggerfish, and so much more), authentic Southern hospitality (I’ve made genuine friends), diverse history,...

Lagarde American Eatery

Gumbo at Lagarde American Eatery in Chamblee GA
By Hope S. Philbrick Sometimes, you want a hurricane. Not the destructive storm. The drink. The New Orleans cocktail so famous it can be recognized by its glass alone may be hard to find in the Atlanta area. Next time you’ve got a hankering for a hurricane—or...

Romantic Things To Do in Beaufort SC

columned house with US flag in Beaufort SC
By Hope S. Philbrick Beaufort, South Carolina is inherently romantic. Its historic downtown district is dotted with antebellum architecture as well as live oaks draped with Spanish moss that sway in the salty air. There’s a photogenic waterfront, a laid-back vibe, and genuine Southern hospitality. Located...

Augusta Boucherie

morning pig slaughter at Augusta Boucherie
By Hope S. Philbrick In support of sustainable eating that’s healthy for people as well as the planet, foodies are eager to know exactly where food originates and how it’s processed. Visit McDuffie County, Georgia in the fall to watch chefs at work, taste fresh...

Cuthbert House Inn

Cuthbert House exterior
By Hope S. Philbrick Among all the reasons to stay at Cuthbert House Inn—not least of which is the simple fact that it’s in Beaufort, South Carolina, and you definitely need to go to that most charming Lowcountry community—are these compelling gems: It offers a...

Artisan Beauté

Artisan Beauté view into windows from sidewalk
By Hope S. Philbrick There are facials that feel good. Relaxing, even. You lie back while an esthetician slathers lotions and potions on your face in a parade of textures and aromas that range from gritty to slimy, medicinal to floral. While cucumbers or teabags...

Clues and Cocktails: What To Do In Sweet Auburn After Hours

cocktail at Clues and Cocktails in Atlanta GA
By Hope S. Philbrick Clues and Cocktails is a new venue in Atlanta’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. District—and because it’s part bar, it’s strictly for adults age 21 and older. 21 Plus Salute! Clues and Cocktails = Adult Fun in Atlanta, Georgia The bar itself would...
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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...
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Dolly Parton to Read Bedtime Stories, Starting Tonight

By Hope S. Philbrick Missing travel as a way to enjoy some adult time? If you’ve got kids at home during the stay-at-home orders to...

At-Home Activities, Pantry Recipes, Massage Lessons & More For All Ages From Velas Resorts

The USA has the best neighbors! Our friends at Velas Resorts in Mexico have come up with some great ways to help us all...

Culinary Weekend: Hilton Head Island

By Hope S. Philbrick Nothing satisfies the soul like Lowcountry cuisine. Except, perhaps, the Lowcountry itself. Add them together for a truly satisfying vacation destination....
king guestroom at The Burgess Hotel in Atlanta GA

The Burgess Hotel

By Hope S. Philbrick If you're looking for more than a place to lie your head and rather someplace that will also touch your heart,...
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Product Tested: Fab Slabs

Australian cutting boards now available in the United States Fab Slabs is a family-owned and -operated business that hails from the Sunshine Coast of Australia....

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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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...
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...
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...