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ACL Independence in St. Michaels MD

The escalating hassles of international travel (not to mention a fearsome fear of flying) turned my attention recently to a type of vacation that has been growing in popularity of late: Small Ship American River Cruising. As a Connecticut-based empty-nest travel writer with an active, fit 81-year-old teacher-naturalist mother, I sought a trip that could satisfy our [...]

American History; Boston Style (With Martinis)


WHY GO? Boston, MA will be forever linked to America’s revolutionary stirrings – Tea Party, anyone? – and last year (2013) the Old State House celebrated its 300th anniversary.  Even if you snoozed through history class in High School, there are plenty of engaging ways to learn about our nation’s birth here, from Tea Party reenactments [...]

Stonington CT: Authentic New England Shoreline Town With Panache

Stonington CT

  WHY GO: This little Connecticut Shoreline village, wedged between Mystic and the Rhode Island state line, is compact, adorable and perfect for weekend exploration. Stonington’s downtown – known as “The Borough” – is so adorable in fact, it stood in as a waterfront burg in Maine in the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones movie, Hope Springs. Less a [...]

Carlisle PA: In War and Peace

Finishing Touches, Meadowbrook Gourds

WHY GO: Carlisle is a “College Town” – for both the Art of War and Liberal Arts (US Army War College, Dickinson College). A portion of its history is controversial – as the site of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which removed Native American children from their homes to educate and Anglicize them. But Carlisle [...]

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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