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Falmouth MA: Your First Beach Stop on Cape Cod

WHY GO: Falmouth MA, in the extreme southwest corner of Cape Cod, encompasses the tiny burg of Woods Hole – a Getaway Maven hot spot – and the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard – another Maven fave. But there are things to see in Falmouth as well, including a recently renovated Victorian mansion turned art museum, [...]

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WHY GO: There’s something divine about the sunrise over the Hudson River – made even more so by the fact that I’m watching it unfold from my private balcony.  I’m staying in The Winterberry Room at the Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, and this simple pleasure can be yours as well, on blue-sky mornings. Vaulted [...]

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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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The Starlux Hotel, Wildwood NJ: Boutique Kitsch in the Wildwoods

In 2000, the Morey brothers renovated the old Wingate – turning the faded Wildwood icon into The Starlux Hotel a retro-chic starburst of a lodging. Proving that a hotel doesn’t have to be 5-star to be special, The Starlux is not “luxurious” in the private-butler lavish sense, but is a portal back to a simpler [...]

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A destination luxury boutique hotel in a busy wedding venue? Yes. And don’t scoff. The Inn at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is the real deal, with upscale witty décor, 54 rooms, an innovative house-garden-to-plate restaurant, great Market for both gifts and meals, full service spa, and cruising bikes for use while there. The full service [...]

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Hotel Henry: Buffalo NY’s New Boutique Hotel

The spanking new boutique hotel in Buffalo NY, Hotel Henry, was once the H.H. Richardson designed Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. Built in 1872 as a compassionate, sunlit residence for several hundred mentally disturbed patients, it became overcrowded and, well, less sunny and compassionate over the years. The psychiatric hospital closed in the 1970’s, [...]

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In the late 1700’s, Dr. John Anderson learned that Native Americans used the water emanating from the springs at what is now the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford PA, for healing. Believing the springs to have curative properties, Anderson purchased over 2,000 acres and began to bring patients to this western area of Pennsylvania. Word spread, [...]

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Gage Mansion B&B, Huntingdon PA

If you want to stay in Victorian-age grandeur, without the clutter and frou-frou that are hallmarks of the era, choose the Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast, a beautifully restored brick and multi-colored trimmed Queen Ann Victorian right in downtown Huntingdon PA. Built by Colonel George Gage, inventor and railroad man who was hired in the [...]

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Higgins Beach Inn, Scarborough ME: From Faded to Fab

I was sitting at the bar in Shade, the new house restaurant at the just-redone Higgins Beach Inn, a boutique hotel 15 minutes from Portland ME, having a nice chat with the bartender and a couple of lovely women I’d just met. It was 9pm on a Thursday night in June, and all the tables [...]

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By day’s end, the Sebago Lake (ME) chorus reaches its crescendo - repetitive loon calls, frogs that trill like never-ending car alarms, murmurs of mothers and fathers putting their kids to sleep in nearby cottages - all merging into one great Migis Lodge reverie. It’s a symphony that singles, couples, and families have been listening [...]

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