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Scranton PA: Trains, Coal And A Whole Lot of Magic

Lewis Graver demonstrating Flame Safety Lamp on Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour

WHY GO: Nicknamed “The Electric City,” Scranton PA was the first city in the country with an electric trolley system in 1886. Ironically, electricity didn’t put Scranton on the map: Anthracite coal and a major railroad center did. Scranton, in fact, once fueled the country, and its wealth attracted world-renowned architects like Raymond Hood (NY’s [...]

Upper Bucks County, PA: Hammers, Bells and Songs to Sing About This Land

BC Covered Bridge 1

WHY GO: New Hope and Doylestown seem to get all the glory in Bucks County PA, but there are other cool, praiseworthy spots in both the Upper and north-central regions. “Upper Bucks” is home to several very quirky attractions (hint: handbells and “ringing” rocks), and an inordinate number of antique covered bridges. You’ll be surprised [...]

Fredericksburg VA: One Day Is Not Enough

Carl's Ice Cream Stand, Fredericksburg VA

WHY GO: Travelers making a pit stop in Fredericksburg VA on their 3 hour drive between Washington DC and Williamsburg VA are often disappointed. Not because the town is not worthy of their time. It’s that they have not allotted enough time to this soaked-in-history place. Ask a local about the appeal of Fredericksburg VA, [...]

Manassas VA and Prince William County

Manassas Battlefield, Henry Hill

WHY GO: Like many Baby Boomers, I belted out Manassas tunes regularly while driving up to college. Manassas, Stephen Stills’ band after Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young broke up, didn’t last long, but most of us can still sing along to hits like It Doesn't Matter. Decades later, I realized that Manassas VA was an actual place [...]

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Travel experts Malerie Yolen-Cohen and Sandra Foyt live for serendipitous adventures in the Northeast, and beyond. On Getaway Mavens, they share entertaining and eclectic ideas for “turnkey” getaways in the Northeast; recommendations (from locals and other satisfied guests) about the most curious spots to explore, the most unique experiences, one-of-a-kind shopping, foodie-approved dining, and singular luxury lodging.

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