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Castine and the Blue Hill Peninsula, Maine

WHY GO: Far off the well-trod Route 1, visiting Castine ME and the Blue Hill Peninsula is another great escape from the hordes. Just an hour from booming Bar Harbor, time seems suspended here, especially around Castine's Town Green– a whitewashed series of buildings that include the Unitarian Church, Town Hall, and Historical Society - [...]

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Searsport and Islesboro ME: Sea Captains and Islanders

WHY GO: In Searsport ME and on the island of Islesboro, it’s all about ship’s Captains and Islanders – a Mid-Coast Maine that’s far from the maddening crowds. From Searsport, it’s about 20 miles (South) to Lincolnville, where you’ll catch the ferry to lost-in-time Islesboro.  In Searsport, explore great exhibits in the absorbing Penobscot Marine Museum complex, [...]

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Rockland ME: Art Lives Here

WHY GO: The Farnsworth, the brand new (June ’16) Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 24 independent art galleries – Rockland ME is a bona fide Mid-Coast Maine art haven, and a draw for explorers looking for something new to put on their walls. Walking down Main St., you’ll almost forget that you’re in a waterfront [...]

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250 Main, A Boutique Hotel: Rockland ME

Ever since it opened in May 2016, 250 Main has won raves from guests, and it’s no wonder. Like any great boutique hotel, design elements are not only pleasing to the eye, but to the body and heart as well. The hotel’s owners, Cabot and Heidi Lyman, who also own Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, employed workers [...]

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Brunswick, Bath and Phippsburg Peninsula ME

  WHY GO: Maine was a shipbuilding powerhouse, and still is, which is why the phenomenal Maine Maritime Museum is located in Bath – still home to mega-boat-builder, Bath Iron Works. But Bath is just 10 minutes from one of the best college art museums in the country – Bowdoin Museum of Art – and [...]

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Welcome to The Maine Coast: Kittery, York, Ogunquit

WHY GO: There is no dispute that the southernmost towns of Coastal Maine - Kittery, York, and Ogunquit - are the most commercial. As you drive from the border town of Kittery (outlets) to the crowded York Beach to the popular Ogunquit on US Route 1, you’ll experience an onslaught of questionable clam and lobster [...]

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Greater Burlington VT: Bears, Boats and Brews

WHY GO: A case can be made that Burlington VT – or more generally, the whole of Vermont – begat the Farm to Table dining movement. Asking about the “best” restaurant in town - “and it has to source locally” – one is met with incredulous looks and the claim, “every restaurant here buys from [...]

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

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Porto Portugal: Made for Wandering

WHY GO: If there was ever a city made for wandering, it's Porto, Portugal. Like Lisbon, streets are cobblestone, building facades gleam with colorful tile and the river (here, the Douro) figures prominently. But Porto is much more intimate, and all of that beauty is concentrated in its historic city center. Churches and public buildings [...]

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