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Box House Hotel, Henry Norman Hotel, Franklin Guesthouse: A Trio of Top Boutique Hotels in Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY


  On the northern edge of Brooklyn, where this NYC borough borders Queens across the Pulaski Bridge, Greenpoint is blooming like tulips in May: the corner of Newtown Creek where it meets the East River in particular. New construction, renovated apartments, and gutted and repurposed factories are attracting more and more Millennials priced out of Manhattan [...]

Boyertown PA; The Little Town That Could


WHY GO: Check out the full write up of Berks County PA wonders on THIS POST. VISIT: Building a Better Boyertown. In the 1870's the railroad brought prosperity to this town about 15 miles from Reading Pennsylvania, so it’s kismet that the revitalized Tourist Railroad is doing the same. The town's largest employer,  Boyertown Burial Casket Company, opened in 1893, [...]

Scrappy Reading and Other Delightful Towns In Berks County PA


WHY GO: If you’ve ever played Monopoly, you’ll recognize Reading PA as one of the board game’s four Railroads, or, if you follow such things, the birthplace of pop icon, Taylor Swift. But this former iron and industrial city was also familiar to bargain shoppers as an Outlet Center long before outlets were “premium.”  The [...]

Stirling Guest Hotel: Reading PA


Stirling Guest Hotel, the mansion on a hill in Reading PA built in 1890 for iron industrialist and engineer, James Hervey Sternbergh (who designed and patented machinery in the manufacture of nuts and bolts) was named for a castle in Scotland, and is now one of the most regal places to stay in Reading PA. Sternbergh had [...]

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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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