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Beacon NY; A Former Mill Town Built for Romance

** Post updated 11-22- 2017 WHY GO: Beacon NY grew up a mill town. Hunched at the foot of mountains and wedged between waterfalls and the navigable Hudson River, factories harnessing raging water eroded beauty from the landscape. Industrial waste turned the Hudson into “a sewer,” according to Beacon’s most famous resident, the late Pete [...]

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Impressionist painting of Chester, CT Main Street in Spring - blooming flowers in foreground - Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery

WHY GO: Performing, fine and culinary artists, as well as clothing and building designers, have been drawn to the mesmerizing Connecticut River for centuries, and after indulging in this Getaway - to Chester, Haddam and East Haddam -  you'll see why. Some of the best artists and chefs in the region create in local kitchens [...]

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Antrim 1844, Taneytown MD: Mid-Atlantic’s Secret Extravagance

For luxury travelers, there really is only one place to stay in Carroll County MD: Antrim 1844. This baronial inn is actually the reason that many people come here, though it’s virtually unknown outside of the Mid-Atlantic. Arriving at the front door, I felt as if I’d been hiking in the deep dark remote woods [...]

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Carroll County MD: Zen Peaceful Between Baltimore and Gettysburg

WHY GO: In contrast to the sometimes frenetic surrounding areas, particularly the District of Columbia, Carroll County MD is “Zen Peaceful” – in only the way that an agricultural region can be. But what puts this Maryland county on this Maven’s Go List is a phenomenal inn whose owners are so humble, they’ve kept news [...]

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What Should You Do On Nantucket MA? Everything!

WHY GO: Most people come to the island of Nantucket MA for the beaches. Or the boutiques. Or the highly respected cuisine. But Nantucket, 26 miles off the Massachusetts coast - the most remote of all New England islands - is so steeped in history, the whole landmass has been declared a National Historic Landmark. [...]

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WHY GO: Though Staunton VA (pronounced like “stand ton”), is best known as hometown of President Woodrow Wilson and as the rather unlikely setting for the American Shakespeare Center, this mid-Virginia burg will also delight those with any interest in design or architecture: most of the diverse structures lining downtown streets, fashioned by the same [...]

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Fairfax County VA: George Washington’s Home Is Just the Start

WHY GO: Of course, George Washington’s Potomac Riverfront home, Mount Vernon, is the biggest draw to Fairfax County VA, but those who visit and then leave are missing out on naughty Civil War graffiti, Annie Oakley’s shotguns, milking a cow, The Shuttle Discovery, a Frank Lloyd Wright home, a prison-turned-art-center, mesmerizing waterfalls, planned communities - [...]

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Dream Midtown Hotel NYC: A Dream of a Renovation

If you are hell bent on finding some of the best bars in New York City, you won’t have to move around too much. Three are all in one place – a place you won’t even have to leave after you’ve imbibed a bit: the newly renovated Dream Midtown NYC. Choose between a classic watering [...]

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Lancaster County PA; Where Buggy Whips Still Fly Off the Shelves

WHY GO: When you come to Lancaster County, PA, please leave your Type-A personality at home.  Time moves slower in this lush farmland, and, wandering the back roads, you will get stuck behind a clip-clopping Amish buggy. Though attractions and shops can be far apart, getting lost on undulating byways is half the pleasure. Breath [...]

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WHY GO: Cecil County MD is the most undiscovered county in the upper Chesapeake region, and therein lies much of its charm. Encompassing five rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and an important transportation Canal, this area of Maryland is most known for a land-based sport – Horsemanship. The Fair Hill International is one of the nation’s [...]

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