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Zombie Ground Zero, Evans City PA

Zombie boarding a Pittsburgh, PA bus

Last week, I tweeted out this photo, taken at Wolf Hills Brewery in Abingdon VA, of a zombie chasing a tractor. Someone had added an “s” to Eat Local, so the result was both a sarcastic commentary on that over-ripe concept and a witty nod to dead flesh-eating humans. It was retweeted more than any [...]

Southwestern VA Towns, Abingdon and Bristol: Music and Moonshine

Bristol VA

WHY GO: With the demise of “extractive industries” – coal and timber specifically - Southwestern Virginia is reinventing itself through its cultural offerings. You’ll most likely be surprised by the caliber of theater, music, food and lodging in the corner of Virginia wedged between Tennessee and Kentucky. Come set a spell, listen to home-grown bluegrass, [...]

Marion VA: Moonshine And Bluegrass Music Central

Virginia Sweetwater Moonshine

WHY GO: Country Music, Moonshine, The Back of the Dragon, great main street restaurants and shops: this little Southwest Virginia town of Marion, with a population of 6,000, packs a punch for tourists. Interestingly, Big Tobacco is partly responsible for establishing Marion’s unlikely Enterprise Zone. In 1998, the four largest Tobacco companies were mandated to [...]

Roanoke VA: Blue Ridge Beauty

Roanoke Star

WHY GO: Like much of Virginia, this major city in the Blue Ridge Mountain region is stunningly beautiful. Once (and still) a significant railroad town, Roanoke is now known internationally as home to the DIY TV series, The Salvage Dawgs, the gang at Black Dog Salvage who enjoy wrecking buildings and building stuff out of [...]

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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