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Portland, ME: For Poets, Foodies, and Culture Vultures

WHY GO: When I first wrote about Portland ME ten years ago, this working port on Casco Bay was a laid-back town with a "mellow vibe." But now it’s crazy busy, especially in Old Port by the waterfront, where uneven cobblestone streets make ambling a pleasurable challenge. There are a gazillion places to eat, catering [...]

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Monhegan Island ME: Artist Paradise

WHY GO: Ten miles off Mid-Coast Maine, Monhegan Island is known for its artists and lobstermen, who live, symbiotically, on this tiny crust of land just under a square mile in size. Though the population dwindles to 50 year round, when lobstermen continue to pull in those popular Maine crustaceans, warm weather brings artists, writers, [...]

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Okemo Valley Region, VT: It’s Not All About the Hill

WHY GO: The bulk of visitors come to Okemo Valley to ski – Okemo is, after all, one of the top ski resorts in the Northeast. But like all other Getaway Maven escapes, this one does not focus on the “One Obvious Thing.” The Okemo Valley Region is comprised of 14 little villages (Ludlow being [...]

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WHY GO: Once known for its Outlet Stores and golf at the age-old Equinox Resort, Manchester VT is transitioning into a four-seasons soft adventure, “Sporting Weekend” hotspot with opportunities to learn extreme off-road driving, fly fish on some of the country’s best trout rivers, and practice your shooting skills without killing anything – all guided [...]

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Northeastern Connecticut: The Quiet Corner Growing Louder

WHY GO: Connecticut’s Northeastern-most section, bordering Rhode Island and Massachusetts - has been dubbed the “Quiet Corner.” But it is quiet only in the way that a duck seems stock still while paddling furiously underwater. There’s an energy here that’s driving positive changes, mostly of the artistic and culinary sort, in the small towns of [...]

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Morris County NJ: Where Alexander Hamilton Fell in Love

WHY GO: George Washington winter-camped in Morris County NJ – twice. Alexander Hamilton fell in love with Elizabeth Schuyler in very freezing conditions here. Those historic sites draw history buffs, for sure. But add a World Class collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments, a Stickley Craftsman "Farm" preserved for the ages, a cool set of restaurants [...]

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Franklin County PA: Mercersburg, Chambersburg and Greencastle

WHY GO: Franklin County PA, in the middle of Pennsylvania on its Southern border, was once our country’s “frontier.” In many ways, it still is, as not much has changed, landscape-wise, since our country’s founding. But, of course the Getaway Mavens turn up some pretty impressive reasons to visit: learning about and sampling the hamburger [...]

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WHY GO: It’s rare that an Eastern State has more than two National Parks, but Washington County MD, just one county on the PA border, has five: Antietam Civil War Battlefield, part of the Appalachian Trail, the longest stretch of the C&O Canal, a good deal of Harper’s Ferry NP, and the Potomac National Scenic [...]

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WHY GO: The Harriet Tubman story continues up into Caroline County MD, but though a powerful draw, that’s not the only reason to come and stay a few days. There are some surprisingly sophisticated restaurants and inns, funky and cool local-arts and craft stores, and a Specialty High School for the Culinary Arts in tiny [...]

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Berkshires MA: Stunning in Every Season

WHY GO: Arlo Guthrie made Alice’s Restaurant famous here. Norman Rockwell lived and composed his iconic Saturday Evening Post covers here. Inexplicably, Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick here, far from any sea, and Edith Wharton designed her own ideal home here. In the summer The Berkshires MA towns are jammed with Tanglewood and Jacob's Pillow [...]

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