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Greater Brattleboro VT: Groovy Art, Beer, and Heifers Aplenty

Strolling of the Heiffers, Brattleboro VT

WHY GO: How can you resist a town that decided to counter Spain’s Running of the Bulls with its own chill, groovy, Vermont take: “Strolling of the Heifers?” Brattleboro VT is just the sort of fun-poking place ripe for exploring. Though it draws thousands of visitors one weekend a year for this strolling bovine event, most [...]

Four Columns Inn, Newfane VT

Exterior, Four Columns Inn, Newfane VT

The Four Columns Inn, an iconic, whitewashed 16-room luxe “Country Inn,” a dozen miles from Brattleboro in the classic whitewashed New England town of Newfane VT, was shuttered in 2013 and reopened, afresh, in mid 2015. Once enchanting enough for the likes of Mick Jagger (who stayed over for his 40th birthday), it had fallen off its [...]

Montpelier VT: America’s Tiniest State Capital

Tulips in bloom at Vermont Capitol, Montpelier VT

WHY GO: With a population of 7,500, Montpelier VT is the smallest State Capital in the USA, and, as a point of pride, the only one without a McDonalds. It’s also got a hippie (though not hip), socialist vibe about it. That’s not so surprising, given that Montpelier is Bernie Sander’s home away from home, [...]

Northeast Kingdom and St. Johnsbury VT

Backroads Northern Vermont

WHY GO: The oft-overlooked upper reaches of Vermont, affectionately known as the Northeast Kingdom, or NEK, has farmland, cheese, Bag Balm, and one of the best breweries in the country according to many craft brew fans. At its center, the city of St. Johnsbury VT holds some classy surprises: a Victorian-age library and Natural History Museum [...]

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” weekend 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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