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Nyack NY: Artsy Town In the (Edward) Hopper

WHY GO: Nyack NY, hometown of American artist, Edward Hopper, is also the perfect vantage point from which to watch the progress of the midst-of-construction “New NY” Bridge that will replace the getting-dangerous-by-the-day Tappan Zee. Nyack has long been known as a haven for artists, with cool shops and restaurants, but the recent addition of [...]

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The Time Hotel: Nyack NY

Nyack NY has a cool new venue, and its turning this artsy but sleepy burg, 20 miles north of Manhattan up the Hudson River, into a "beautiful people" destination.  The Time Hotel,  opened in May 2016, is a big-dog-friendly, 133-room Industrial-chic inn - hard by busy I-287 - and by virtue of its edgy decor, would not be a fit [...]

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WHY GO: The Chelsea section of Manhattan was hipster Brooklyn before Brooklyn became Brooklyn. Home to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT: which is to clothing design what the Culinary Institute of America is to cooking), the country’s first successful elevated linear urban park, cool shops, and even a jungle of wholesale plant and flower [...]

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WHY GO: This Getaway, to Lubec and Eastport ME, and FDR’s summer cottage on Campobello Island, brings you to the easternmost land in the United States, with a short foray into Canada. Yes, it’s all the way up here. Or Down Here – to coin a “Downeast” phrase: a good ten hours from New York [...]

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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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