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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...

Georgetown, Kentucky

Old Friends local farm in Georgetown KY
Picture-perfect charm in Bluegrass Country. Our guide to Georgetown KY Things To Do. By Hope S. Philbrick Georgetown may be the fastest-growing community in Kentucky, thanks in part to its close proximity to Lexington, but the pace feels as relaxed as you’d expect to find in any...

Hockensmith Fine Art Editions Gallery & Press

Visit famed photographer John Stephen Hockensmith’s studio in Historic Downtown Georgetown, Kentucky. Plus, while in Georgetown, check out more art stops. By Hope S. Philbrick “I think we are a burgeoning art destination,” says photographer John Stephen Hockensmith. We’re enjoying lunch at Galvin’s on Main in Historic...

Eat & Burn: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Spartanburg SC
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 abound in Spartanburg, South Carolina, so it’s easy to plan an itinerary where you can indulge in every tasty temptation...

Polaris [Revisited]

Polaris
Soar above Atlanta, Georgia. By Hope S. Philbrick A job moved me to Atlanta in 1997, and I blame my former coworkers for never telling me about Polaris. It was open back then, and I wish I'd seen the place in those days—if only to appreciate...

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...

Lookout Mountain RiverView Inn

Lookout Mountain RiverView Inn
Enjoy R&R at a boutique inn that overlooks the Tennessee River and Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. By Hope S. Philbrick If you've ever bought a fixer-upper, you know: What’s old can be made new again. See Rock City, Inc. recently bought a fixer-upper, the former Sky Harbor Court....

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...

Historic Farm in Kentucky

Hermitage Farm
Historic farm to become tourist hub. Expansion to feature three signature Kentucky industries: Bourbon, horses and native culinary. Advertorial Experience a quintessential taste of Kentucky all in one place by next spring. Hermitage Farm’s creation of a world-class agritourism destination transforms the current horse farm,...

Chihuly at Biltmore [Special Exhibit]

Chihuly at Biltmore
Famed artist's glass sculptures enhance the landscape around the historic architectural wonder in Asheville, North Carolina.  By Hope S. Philbrick There’s no way to see it all at Biltmore: America’s largest home has 250 rooms! As you’re meandering from room to room—even if you’re listening to the...
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....