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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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Turnbridge Point, Denton MD

Though right in downtown Denton (across the street from the Museum of Rural Life), Turnbridge Point, opened in May 2015, is a style-forward, foodie favored B&B that backs up to the Choptank River. The name derives from a railroad bridge in the river just off the inn’s small beach: decommissioned, it is permanently “turned” in a diagonal position. [...]

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WHY GO: Wicomico County MD (population 100,000) encompasses several burgs and the emerging  town of Salisbury. Constantly reinventing itself economically - from tobacco and grain, to timber, seafood, “truck farms,” and now as headquarters of chicken producer, Perdue - wealth came from a succession of industries and Wicomico County thrived. But with the completion of Route [...]

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Guilford CT: Seeds of “Offbeat” Northeast

WHY GO: Believe it or not, the history of one neighborhood in this picturesque Connecticut shore town became the impetus for Getaway Mavens: an “Offbeat,” “Peculiar” nugget that spurred our quest for other strange, unknown and unexplored pockets of the Northeast. Guilford borders Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands, an abundance of fanciful pink granite [...]

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Mystic, CT: Beyond Whaling

WHY GO: Of the 2,700 commercial whaling ships that plied the world’s seas in the 19th and early 20th centuries, only one remains: the Charles W. Morgan, and it happens to reside at Mystic Seaport in Mystic CT. After being restored to sea-worthiness, the historic ship returned to the water in July, 2014 and after [...]

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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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Beacon NY; A Former Mill Town Built for Romance

** Post updated 1-25-2017 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 Seeger. [...]

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Roundhouse At Beacon Falls, Beacon NY

Opened in 2012 in a former dye-works (and then lawnmower) factory, The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls brought boutique cred to Beacon NY. Perched right over cascading waterfalls and boulder-strewn rapids, its crisp, industrial-luxe design drew urbane guests from The City, giving them a reason to stay in town after visiting DIA:Beacon. Since November 2016, there’s [...]

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AKA Wall Street, an extended stay “hotel residence,” was carved out of a 19 story brick and limestone office building built in 1907. In New York City’s financial district, on the corner of William St. and Maiden Lane, AKA Wall Street is that rare kind of lodging that combines understated luxury for discerning travelers, attentive service, [...]

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Somers Point NJ: Still Rockin’ On

WHY GO: A fishing village turned rock ‘n roll hub, Somers Point NJ was the drinking nightlife counterpoint to dry Ocean City – a bridge away – and still is. Though 50’s/60’s rock venues like Tony Mart’s (mythologized in the movie Eddie and the Cruisers) have shuttered (headliners moved ten miles away to Atlantic City), [...]

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