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Scrappy Reading and Other Delightful Towns In Berks County PA

WHY GO: If you’ve ever played Monopoly, you’ll recognize Reading PA as one of the board game’s four Railroads, or, if you follow such things, the birthplace of pop icon, Taylor Swift. But this former iron and industrial city was also familiar to bargain shoppers as an Outlet Center long before outlets were “premium.”  The [...]

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Easton MD and Surrounding Talbot County

WHY GO: Talbot County and its largest town, Easton MD, lie on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay. The area has been a farming region since time immemorial it seems, with 100,000 acres of land cultivated by up to 11th generation families. But lately, prosperous DC, Baltimore and even NY area retirees have been moving [...]

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Chicago in Five Days

WHY GO: Yes, yes, we’ve all heard the fearful statistics about crime and killings in the major Midwest city of Chicago, but having just visited I’m here to report that for the most part, those tragic events happen in specific areas where tourists don’t tend to go. The town has so much going for it [...]

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Best Northeast Getaways for Art Lovers

From the venerable MFA in Boston to the fragile creations at Corning Glass Museum in the Finger Lakes NY, the Northeast is replete with destinations your art lover will adore. Here are 16 Best Northeast Getaways for connoisseurs of art: VERMONT: Bennington VT: Bennington Museum – largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings Woodstock VT: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller [...]

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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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