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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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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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Monhegan Island ME: Artist Paradise

WHY GO: Ten miles off Mid-Coast Maine, Monhegan Island is known for its artists and lobstermen, who live, symbiotically, on this tiny crust of land just under a square mile in size. Though the population dwindles to 50 year round, when lobstermen continue to pull in those popular Maine crustaceans, warm weather brings artists, writers, [...]

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Camden ME: Beyond Schooner Daytrips

WHY GO: There’s a reason Camden ME is one of the most popular tourist towns on the Mid-Maine Coast. With its protected harbor jammed with schooners and recreational ships, it is breathtakingly gorgeous. At one point, there were 4,000 ships in Penobscot Bay, transporting lime, granite, lumber, fish, ice, and other Maine resources to points [...]

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The Northwest CT Border: Lakes and Racetracks

WHY GO: Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Day Lewis and Oliver Platt all have homes in these parts. Paul Newman was a frequent visitor – mainly to race his cars at Lime Rock Park. In California or New York, A-List stars are hassled and harried. Not here. So it’s no surprise that even stressed out [...]

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Okemo Valley Region, VT: It’s Not All About the Hill

WHY GO: The bulk of visitors come to Okemo Valley to ski – Okemo is, after all, one of the top ski resorts in the Northeast. But like all other Getaway Maven escapes, this one does not focus on the “One Obvious Thing.” The Okemo Valley Region is comprised of 14 little villages (Ludlow being [...]

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Kimpton’s first hotel located outside of a city, the 86-room Taconic in Manchester VT is less flashy than those in metropolitan areas. There were several hotels on this Route 7A property between the Equinox and downtown, before the last was torn down and replaced by the Taconic in late 2015. I make no bones about it [...]

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Northeastern Connecticut: The Quiet Corner Growing Louder

WHY GO: Connecticut’s Northeastern-most section, bordering Rhode Island and Massachusetts - has been dubbed the “Quiet Corner.” But it is quiet only in the way that a duck seems stock still while paddling furiously underwater. There’s an energy here that’s driving positive changes, mostly of the artistic and culinary sort, in the small towns of [...]

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Inn @ Ragged Edge, Chambersburg PA

The Inn at Ragged Edge is a wonder of woodwork, the stream-view out of the massive picture window, breathtaking, but it’s the 1901 Steinway piano - commissioned by Harrods’s of London now sitting in the stately parlor - that beckons World Class musicians and romantics of all kinds to this rural area of Chambersburg PA halfway [...]

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Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge MD

After a $7 million redo, the 400 room Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, on 342 acres of Maryland’s Eastern Shore is back in luxe-lodging form. Step inside the lobby, now sporting a ship-shape polished wood floor, and you’ll see the difference right away. During the school year, this Hyatt is mostly filled with business and government [...]

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