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The Wayside Inn, Ellicott City MD

Exterior, Wayside Inn, Ellicott City MD

There’s something wonderful about Maryland inn owners – they are an enthusiastic bunch. And you can’t get more exuberant than Dave Balderson, who with his wife, Susan, purchased a private 1780 stone home in the 1990’s and turned it into what is now The Wayside Inn. Unlike a turnkey B&B, The Wayside Inn, on the Select [...]

Frederick MD: A Mini-Philly With A Charm All Its Own

Carroll Creek Park Abloom, Frederick MD

WHY GO: Maryland’s second largest city (after Baltimore), Frederick MD, is on the move. Distilleries are popping up like stills in the hills, and a stunning downtown canal-walk swarms with locals on balmy days and nights. With its brick row homes, adorable boutiques, and growing culinary scene, Frederick feels like a mini-Philly but has a [...]

Frederick Inn B&B, Buckeystown MD

Frederick Inn, Buckeystown MD

OK, so it’s not exactly in downtown Frederick: It’s 4 miles away, in Buckeystown (and in fact, used to be the Inn @ Buckeystown). But it is so worth the 10-minute drive to get here. The exuberant and warm Pat and Kirk Horstman, on a ten- year quest to find the perfect B&B in the [...]

Shenandoah County, VA: The South Begins Here

Shenandoah County VA - The South Begins Here #roadtrip #Virginia @GetawayMavens

WHY GO: True South begins here. Cross over into Shenandoah County, Virginia, and you’ll feel it right away, especially as you drive its 30 miles from north to south through Strasburg, Woodstock, Edinburg, New Market – all linked together on US 11 – where you’ll still find Confederate flags flying from front porches. In the [...]

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” 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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