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Franklin County PA: Mercersburg, Chambersburg and Greencastle

WHY GO: Franklin County PA, in the middle of Pennsylvania on its Southern border, was once our country’s “frontier.” In many ways, it still is, as not much has changed, landscape-wise, since our country’s founding. But, of course the Getaway Mavens turn up some pretty impressive reasons to visit: learning about and sampling the hamburger [...]

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WHY GO: It’s rare that an Eastern State has more than two National Parks, but Washington County MD, just one county on the PA border, has five: Antietam Civil War Battlefield, part of the Appalachian Trail, the longest stretch of the C&O Canal, a good deal of Harper’s Ferry NP, and the Potomac National Scenic [...]

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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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WHY GO: This is the time to ponder the historic significance of Harriett Tubman, a small woman of large stature, born into slavery in 1822, who in 2020, will grace the new US $20 bill. So what better place to do this than in Dorchester County MD, the place of Tubman’s birth, from which she made [...]

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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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Berkshires MA: Stunning in Every Season

WHY GO: Arlo Guthrie made Alice’s Restaurant famous here. Norman Rockwell lived and composed his iconic Saturday Evening Post covers here. Inexplicably, Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick here, far from any sea, and Edith Wharton designed her own ideal home here. In the summer The Berkshires MA towns are jammed with Tanglewood and Jacob's Pillow [...]

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Abandoned rust bucket found by the side of the road.

I am a road trip junkie. My mother, Mirta, never got a driver’s license and neither did her mother. In my grandmother’s time that wasn’t so unusual. Meme was of a generation where the man of the family did all the driving, but an automobile was always more than a mere mode of transportation. The first [...]

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Southbound on Taconic State Parkway

Taconic State Parkway

New York's answer to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Taconic State Parkway is the longest parkway in the state and arguably the most scenic. Running 104 miles from Chatham, NY to Kensico Dam, the parkway is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places for its role in developing American roadways. The entire drive can [...]

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Madava Farms - Crown Maple Syrup Factory Tour - Dover Plains NY - worth the detour! To find the source of what many believe is the best tasting, organic, premium maple syrup on the planet, you’ve got to drive on some rutted, muddy roads on land so secluded, asphalt hasn’t reached it yet. And then, just [...]

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Savannah In a Day

Savannah GA's spouting Lion Fountain in front of the Cotton Exchange, with gold roof of Savannah City Hall peeking out amidst trees in the background.

One of my favorite stops on the 20-hour road trip between New York and Florida is in Savannah, Georgia. Besides being one of America's most beautiful cities, it's a wonderful place to stretch your legs and fill up on comfort food. The first time I visited Savannah, GA it was with a plan to tour the birthplace of [...]

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