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Charlottesville VA: Thomas Jefferson’s Heaven And Yours, Too

Monticello Nickel Shot

WHY GO: Yes, founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, was a gentleman farmer, an architect, a philosopher who authored the Declaration of Independence, and served as President of the United States.  But Jefferson was also an early Virginia winemaker – or at least tried to be. A visit to Charlottesville should include an outing to Jefferson’s home, [...]

Harrisonburg VA: No Longer a Sleepy Shenandoah Valley Town

CrossKeys Vineyard

WHY GO: Harrisonburg is no longer just a sleepy little college town (James Madison University) in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Things are happening here at a brisk pace – the type of things that the Getaway Mavens love. There’s a “Harvest Your Own” Lavender Farm, a terrific and generous craft brewery, new indie-owned restaurants, and an [...]

Winchester VA: Patsy Cline, Civil War Chaos and Great Eats

Old Town at Sunset

WHY GO: During the Civil War, the little Shenandoah Valley town of Winchester VA suffered from extreme Multiple Personality Disorder. Control between Union and Confederate forces alternated an alarming seventy two times over the course of the conflict. Years later, Country Music star, Patsy Cline, drove her neighbors crazy with her teenage wild-girl antics. And [...]

Get Better Results Booking Hotels Online

hotel booking sites tips

Even travel professionals can be misled by pretty pictures and glowing reviews on hotel booking sites. Moving rooms--or even hotels as I did on a recent trip to San Luis Obispo--can be costly and stressful. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to make sure that what you get is at least as [...]

the most curious spots

the most unique experiences

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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