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Harrisburg PA: Pennsylvania’s Great, Too Long Ignored Capital City

Harrisburg:Susquahanna River Sunset

WHY GO: Harrisburg is a revelation in every sense of the word. The invisible, ignored mini-metropolis between Pennsylvania’s “only” cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburg, Harrisburg does not flaunt its natural and manmade beauty. But it should. Just visit the magnificent Capitol Building, and you’ll wonder why its not touted to the world. Ah, and there’s so [...]

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 [...]

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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