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WHY GO: Because there are no fudge shops here; just serpentine rivers, a quaint harbor, an anachronistic winery, a rustic flower and animal farm, one of the most highly regarded indie bookstores in the country, Connecticut’s only beach resort, and the best lobster roll on the East Coast. VISIT: Barberry Hill Farm, Madison; If you’re [...]

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New London CT to Niantic CT: Go Nuclear

WHY GO: Morning fog envelopes New London CT like smoke from Benedict Arnold’s deadly fires.  In 1781 America’s most noted turncoat led British troops on a raid that left this naval stronghold in cinders, destroying ships, homes and shops.  A hundred and twenty years later, young Eugene O’Neill escaped his stern father and morphine addicted [...]

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WHY GO: This little Connecticut Shoreline village, wedged between Mystic and the Rhode Island state line, is compact, adorable and perfect for weekend exploration. Stonington’s downtown – known as “The Borough” – is so adorable in fact, it stood in as a Maine waterfront town in the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones movie, Hope Springs. Less a tourist draw [...]

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Southampton NY: Ritzy Hamptons Affordable in the Off Season

WHY GO: If all you know about “The Hamptons” is what you hear or see on TV, there’s always another side to the story. Though made up of several towns, including Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Amagansett, East and West Hampton, and more, the crux of The Hamptons, as far as Arts and shopping goes, is tony [...]

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Long Branch NJ: Off Season Joys of the Jersey Shore

WHY GO: The northern Jersey Shore town of Long Branch NJ shares all the benefits of a “Jersey Shore Experience” - the Atlantic Ocean, the sand, the incredible sunrises – with its southern sisters (Atlantic City, Cape May), but it’s so much easier to get to. Long Branch is the first stop on the NJ Transit Bayhead [...]

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Bungalow Hotel: Fun Boutique in Long Branch NJ

With an interior designed by the HGTV darlings, Robert and Cortney Novogratz, The Bungalow Hotel, in Long Branch NJ is a delightful, whimsical, colorful and eclectic alternative to your basic franchise beach getaway. There are just 24 units on three floors ranging from standard to 2-bedroom, and though not directly on the beach (and hence, [...]

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Hope Town Lighthouse

WHY GO: Far from the hustle and bustle of Nassau and Freeport, the Abaco Islands offers a quieter alternative. Bahamians call the 130-mile strip of islands in the northern Out Islands the "Family Islands" because that's where they go to relax. Recreation is of the annual boxcar races and flag football tournament variety. Instead of built-up attractions, the Abaco [...]

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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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