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Hawley PA to Wellsboro PA: 140 Miles On US Route 6

WHY GO: The “Endless Mountains” in northern Pennsylvania are no hype. The mountain range does seem surreally endless; green and rolling, sculptural and shadowy, mostly following the course of the twisty Susquehanna River. Traversing Pennsylvania’s northeastern border is quite a beautiful ride. Begin where the Mavens left off in Hawley PA, then drive 140 miles [...]

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Milford PA: Calming Down City Folk for Over 150 Years

WHY GO: It seems that every Hollywood star, US President and famous author visited Milford PA when Louis Fauchere, Master Chef at New York’s celebrated Delmonico’s Restaurant opened Hotel Fauchere in the mid-1800's as a summer escape for city-weary folk. Now open year round, and having earned a Relais and Chateaux designation, the Fauchere is [...]

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Hotel Fauchere, Milford PA

In the mid-1800's, Louis Fauchere, Master Chef at New York’s celebrated Delmonico’s Restaurant, opened Hotel Fauchere as a Pocono's summer escape for city-weary folk. Now opened year round, and having earned a Relais and Chateaux designation, the Fauchere is but one reason to skip over the New York border to this Pennsylvania resort town. Moved [...]

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Hawley PA: Big Lake, Small Town Charms

WHY GO: A tiny town, a big lake, an Ice-Carving Factory, and the largest hand-carved bluestone building in the world, Hawley PA is a magnet for families in the summer who recreate in one of the largest bodies of water in Pennsylvania- Lake Wallenpaupak. Come offseason, though, for greater pleasures. Hawley harbors two upscale inns [...]

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PA Wilds: Angling, Oil and Luxury in the Allegheny National Forest

WHY GO: A three-hour drive from Pittsburgh, over five from New York, the intriguing Allegheny National Forest region of Pennsylvania – aka PA Wilds - is not easy to get to. But, as they say, “getting there is half the fun”, and “nothing worthwhile is ever easy.” Rivaling the more famous Adirondacks in New York, [...]

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The Lodge at Glendorn, Rustic-Luxe in Bradford PA

Situated on 1,500 acres, Glendorn was built in 1927 as a country retreat for oil baron, Clayton Dorn, and his large family. When the property went up for auction in 2009, locals feared that the land would be grabbed by lumber companies eager to clear it. The aptly named Forrest’s (Cliff and Tracey), frequent Glendorn guests, purchased [...]

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Erie PA: Sandy Beaches and War Stories

WHY GO: For the expansive beaches. In PA! Ohio is not the only state that gets to bask in the fresh waters of Lake Erie. And, for its maritime history and fine maritime museum, which is home berth to a Flagship of the War of 1812, the US Brig Niagara. With a waterside Sheraton hotel [...]

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Butler County PA: Pennsylvania’s Quirkiest Region

WHY GO: Butler County, a section of Western PA just a short drive north of Pittsburgh, is so eclectic, it defies description. And so I won’t try to define it. Just know that there’s an abundance of oddities to keep a Connoisseur of Quirky Travel happy. There’s a world-class Asian Arts museum on a residential street [...]

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Pittsburgh PA: Who’s Making Movies Today?

WHY GO: There are all kinds of reasons to visit Pittsburgh PA. With 90 distinct neighborhoods, it’s a big city with lots of big city appeal. Steel has moved out and technology is in. Google has a presence here, robotic companies are innovating, and the “world’s first Gold LEED certified” convention center, completed in 2003, [...]

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Top Things to Do In The Laurel Highlands of Western PA

WHY GO: The Laurel Highlands region of Western PA, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, is so spectacular, it proved the ideal setting for several Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces. It’s also where you’ll find a “Truman-Show-”perfect small town, fantastic whitewater rafting, and one of the most unusual yet luxurious resorts so quirky, it could serve [...]

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