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What Should You Do On Nantucket MA? Everything!

WHY GO: Most people come to the island of Nantucket MA for the beaches. Or the boutiques. Or the highly respected cuisine. But Nantucket, 26 miles off the Massachusetts coast - the most remote of all New England islands - is so steeped in history, the whole landmass has been declared a National Historic Landmark. [...]

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Falmouth MA: Your First Beach Stop on Cape Cod

WHY GO: Falmouth MA, in the extreme southwest corner of Cape Cod, encompasses the tiny burg of Woods Hole – a Getaway Maven hot spot – and the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard – another Maven fave. But there are things to see in Falmouth as well, including a recently renovated Victorian mansion turned art museum, [...]

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WHY GO: During the Civil War, the little Shenandoah Valley town of Winchester VA suffered from extreme Multiple Personality Disorder. Allegiance towards 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 according [...]

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WHY GO: Though Staunton VA (pronounced like “stand ton”), is best known as hometown of President Woodrow Wilson and as the rather unlikely setting for the American Shakespeare Center, this mid-Virginia burg will also delight those with any interest in design or architecture: most of the diverse structures lining downtown streets, fashioned by the same [...]

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Lynchburg VA: Worldly From the Start

WHY GO: That a Black family, indeed a whole block of African American intellectuals would find safe harbor and thrive in a place called Lynchburg VA in the early 20th century is both testament to the town’s namesake, the Quaker, John Lynch, and its surprisingly progressive history. Over an hour from a major highway (I-64), [...]

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Fairfax County VA: George Washington’s Home Is Just the Start

WHY GO: Of course, George Washington’s Potomac Riverfront home, Mount Vernon, is the biggest draw to Fairfax County VA, but those who visit and then leave are missing out on naughty Civil War graffiti, Annie Oakley’s shotguns, milking a cow, The Shuttle Discovery, a Frank Lloyd Wright home, a prison-turned-art-center, mesmerizing waterfalls, planned communities - [...]

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Lancaster County PA; Where Buggy Whips Still Fly Off the Shelves

WHY GO: When you come to Lancaster County, PA, please leave your Type-A personality at home.  Time moves slower in this lush farmland, and, wandering the back roads, you will get stuck behind a clip-clopping Amish buggy. Though attractions and shops can be far apart, getting lost on undulating byways is half the pleasure. Breath [...]

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Elmira NY: Twain Slept (and Wrote) Here

WHY GO: If you’re a Mark Twain fan, you don’t even have to ask. VISIT: Mark Twain's Study on the campus of Elmira College, Elmira NY. All Twain devotees will want to step right in to where America’s best humor writer and social critic did much of his thinking, writing, and cigar smoking. In fact, some [...]

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Buffalo NY Finally Gets it Wright

** UPDATED ON 8-2-2017 WHY GO: Once the terminus of the Erie Canal, Buffalo NY had more millionaires than any other city at the turn of last century. Two US Presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, spent time here. And one, William McKinley, was assasinated here. Frederick Law Olmsted designed parks and roadways, industry flourished. The [...]

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WHY GO: Jimmy Stewart and Punxsutawney Phil are just the beginning in the Indiana County PA region, also known as an Abolitionist stronghold, and for its Christmas Trees, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and, interestingly, its “Salt Wells.” Indiana County became the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” after coal companies had denuded the land, discovering, [...]

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