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Hope Town Harbour Lodge: Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

Set between gingerbread-trimmed buildings and translucent aquamarine sea, on an island too sparsely populated to merit even one traffic light, Hope Town Harbour Lodge is a delightful collection of historic buildings and charming cottages. The resort sits perched on a tiny hill in the village of Hope Town, on the northern tip of Elbow Cay, a narrow [...]

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Choice Getaways in the Caribbean

Net hammock hanging from an arching palm tree on a white sand beach in the Caribbean.

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting record-breaking snowfall in the Northeast this winter, and forecasters are already expecting a polar vertex. Here in Upstate New York, temperatures have dropped dramatically and we've already seen the first snow storms of the season. Conditions are ripe for a Caribbean getaway. I'm not ready to hunker down for the season. [...]

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Cape May NJ: Enchantments Off Exit 0

WHY GO: A vacation spot since the late 1700’s, Cape May NJ attracted city dwellers who would travel by packet steamers down to the shore. There, they’d “bathe” in the Atlantic Ocean, essentially bobbing up and down in the waves wearing barbell-heavy woolen “bathing attire.” Since then, Cape May tourism has waxed and waned. A [...]

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Montreal Beach Resort: Cape May NJ

The story of the builder of this beachfront hotel, The Montreal Beach Resort, nowhere near Canada, might give you goosebumps. Fifty years ago, in 1966, holocaust survivor, Harry Hirsch, had the gumption and foresight to purchase this property in the sleepy residential town of Cape May, constructing a 27-room inn he named Montreal Beach Inn [...]

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Montauk NY: Going Old School

WHY GO: Montauk NY sits at the extreme East End of Long Island, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. Walk west toward Manhattan (118 miles away) along its wide, sandy beaches and you’ll get to the Hamptons, a much swankier, and better known series of towns. Lately, Hampton types have been making waves outside of their [...]

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Shelter Island NY: A Tranquil Step Back In Time

WHY GO: Picture the Eastern end of Long Island NY - the North Fork (wineries) and the South Fork (Hamptons)- as an open lobster claw. Shelter Island would be the fish in between; nearly, but not quite, in the lobster’s grasp. Accessible only via 10-minute car ferries from either Sag Harbor or Greenport, Shelter Island [...]

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Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island NY

On a bulb of land separated from the rest of Shelter Island by a couple of narrow causeways, the hilltop Ram’s Head Inn was originally built by Joan Covey as a resort in 1929. At the start of the Great Depression, Covey enticed her Real Estate clientele in Great Neck, Long Island, to enjoy an [...]

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Watch Hill, Westerly, and Other Charms of Southern Rhode Island

WHY GO: In the late 1800’s, vacationers came to the beach towns of Rhode Island for fresh sea air and to frolic on clean wide swaths of sand. Now, as you climb the hill that overlooks Watch Hill RI harbor on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, you can almost hear the joyous shouts of those [...]

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Ocean House: Watch Hill RI

If you want to be spoiled in the best way possible, come to the Ocean House  in Watch Hill RI, and you’ll enjoy as civilized and tranquil a shore stay as you’ll find anywhere in the world, with over the top service well worth the pretty penny you’ll spend. Originally built in 1868, by 2003 the [...]

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Cabrera, Dominican Republic, the All-Inclusive Alternative

Pina Colada on Playa Grande Beach in Cabrera, Dominican Republic.

WHY GO: Not far from the popular beach town of Puerta Plata, there's the much quieter and lesser known Cabrera, Dominican Republic. You won't find manicured all-inclusive resorts here, but you will discover cliff divers, a blue lagoon, pristine and unpopulated beaches, and most welcome of all, small town hospitality. GO: Playa Grande. Deemed one [...]

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