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The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA


Sitting right across the street from the world famous Barter Theater,  The Martha Washington Inn, a gem of a Historic Hotel of America in Southwest Virginia, was rebranded "The Martha" to reflect more modern tastes. A recent rehab has brought this old lady into the 21st century- with room wi-fi, flat screen TV's and plush bedding [...]

Keswick Hall: A Slice of Golf Heaven Near Thomas Jefferson’s Place

Keswick Hall Pool

One of the most stunning and exclusive resorts in Charlottesville if not the whole state of Virginia, Keswick Hall casts a spell as you drive through the gate, past manicured and flowering lawns, to what appears to be an Italianate villa. With golf. It’s a sanctuary in and of itself and a self-contained destination. The [...]

Beat the Empty Nest Blues at the Madonna Inn

Couple checking in at the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA.

I recognized a few of the pale-faced empty nesters huddled at the shallow beach entry of the Madonna Inn’s cerulean pool. Earlier that week I had seen them among the families lugging pillows and plastic crates during Moving In Day at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Now those shell-shocked eyes were [...]

EVEN Hotel, Norwalk, CT

In-Room Fitness Videos

I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful trend in hospitality – that of the hotel as gym, health food restaurant and workout motivator. The first of two prototype establishments (the second is in Rockville, MD), the Norwalk CT EVEN Hotel stands across from a corporate park on a busy state route – not [...]

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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