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Keuka Lake NY: A Small Finger Lake With Big History

  WHY GO: Three years ago, I wrote of the then sleepy Keuka Lake, the one with "Shape Pride:" Of all the 11 Finger Lakes, Keuka Lake is not the largest, smallest or deepest. But it does have one feature that instills pride in all who live along its shores.  It has a "shape." An [...]

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Pleasant Valley Inn, Hammondsport NY: A Gastronomic Joy

This Pepto-pink roadside tavern/inn is not situated on a lake or mountaintop. At the juncture of two busy streets several miles from the shores of Keuka Lake, it’s easy to whiz past the Pleasant Valley Inn on your way to the wineries. But that would be a big mistake. After a recent change of ownership [...]

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 Auburn NY: Springhill Inn and Harriet Tubman, Chapter Two

WHY GO: The story of Harriet Tubman, “The Moses of Her People,” starts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and ends in Auburn NY. Those who are interested in this amazing woman’s final chapter will want to visit her homestead and her gravesite, and also learn more about the Secretary of State who negotiated the [...]

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WHY GO: In the mid-1800’s, while America was questioning its ethics and morals vis a vis slavery, women’s rights, and the demon rum, Seneca Falls NY, on a branch of the Erie Canal near Lake Ontario, was drawing Abolitionists, Suffragists, proponents of Temperance, and other agitators to a whirlwind of evangelical fervor so hot, this [...]

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Vintage Gardens B&B, Newark NY: Coming Up Roses

Just 30 minutes from Seneca Falls, (and 45 minutes from Rochester) in the small, walkable Erie Canal town of Newark, The Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast, an exquisite 5-room inn, has a special pedigree: It was the home of Charles Perkins and headquarters of the Jackson Perkins Rose Co. – the floral brokers who brought [...]

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Rochester NY: Susan B. Anthony Voted (Illegally) Here

WHY GO: Though Rochester NY is known best for the Erie Canal, George Eastman – of Eastman-Kodak, and several top Universities, a certain powerhouse in the Women’s Right’s movement lived, worked, and is buried here. Susan B. Anthony was the face of Women’s Suffrage in the USA – and a visit to Rochester will not [...]

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Buffalo NY Finally Gets it Wright

** UPDATED ON 8-2-2017 WHY GO: Once the terminus of the Erie Canal, Buffalo NY had more millionaires than any other city at the turn of last century. Two US Presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, spent time here. And one, William McKinley, was assasinated here. Frederick Law Olmsted designed parks and roadways, industry flourished. The [...]

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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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Port Jefferson NY: Commingling Past And Present With Ease

This post – about Port Jefferson NY – is a departure from my normal Getaway Maven’s destination guide – with a lead that I wrote in September 2001, right after the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks. I’ve lifted sections from my essay and inserted them in the “What to Do” section with updated information. The parts from [...]

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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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