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Winchester VA: Patsy Cline, Civil War Chaos and Great Eats

Old Town at Sunset

WHY GO: During the Civil War, the little Shenandoah Valley town of Winchester VA suffered from extreme Multiple Personality Disorder. Control between Union and Confederate forces alternated an alarming seventy two times over the course of the conflict. Years later, Country Music star, Patsy Cline, drove her neighbors crazy with her teenage wild-girl antics. And [...]

Get Better Results Booking Hotels Online

hotel booking sites tips

Even travel professionals can be misled by pretty pictures and glowing reviews on hotel booking sites. Moving rooms--or even hotels as I did on a recent trip to San Luis Obispo--can be costly and stressful. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to make sure that what you get is at least as [...]

The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA


Sitting right across the street from the world famous Barter Theater,  The Martha Washington Inn, a gem of a Historic Hotel of America in Southwest Virginia, was rebranded "The Martha" to reflect more modern tastes. A recent rehab has brought this old lady into the 21st century- with room wi-fi, flat screen TV's and plush bedding [...]

Keswick Hall: A Slice of Golf Heaven Near Thomas Jefferson’s Place

Keswick Hall Pool

One of the most stunning and exclusive resorts in Charlottesville if not the whole state of Virginia, Keswick Hall casts a spell as you drive through the gate, past manicured and flowering lawns, to what appears to be an Italianate villa. With golf. It’s a sanctuary in and of itself and a self-contained destination. 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” 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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