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Erie PA: Sandy Beaches and War Stories

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WHY GO: For the expansive beaches. In PA! Ohio is not the only state that gets to bask in the fresh waters of Lake Erie. And, for its maritime history and fine maritime museum, which is home berth to a Flagship of the War of 1812, the US Brig Niagara. With a waterside Sheraton hotel [...]

Butler County PA: Pennsylvania’s Quirkiest Region

Original Mennonite Log Cabin, Harmony PA

WHY GO: Butler County, a section of Western PA just a short drive north of Pittsburgh, is so eclectic, it defies description. And so I won’t try to define it. Just know that there’s an abundance of oddities to keep a Connoisseur of Quirky Travel happy. There’s a world-class Asian Arts museum on a residential street [...]

Pittsburgh PA: Who’s Making Movies Today?

Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh

WHY GO: There are all kinds of reasons to visit Pittsburgh PA. With 90 distinct neighborhoods, it’s a big city with lots of big city appeal. Steel has moved out and technology is in. Google has a presence here, robotic companies are innovating, and the “world’s first Gold LEED certified” convention center, completed in 2003, [...]

Top Things to Do In The Laurel Highlands of Western PA

Kentuck Knob mountain view

WHY GO: The Laurel Highlands region of Western PA, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, is so spectacular, it proved the ideal setting for several Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces. It’s also where you’ll find a “Truman-Show-”perfect small town, fantastic whitewater rafting, and one of the most unusual yet luxurious resorts so quirky, it could serve [...]

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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