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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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WHY GO: When Ayn Rand needed to gather material for The Fountainhead, when President Taft sought a summer home, when Tom Thumb came a-courting, they all turned to this slip of Connecticut that many travelers miss. Most assume that the dingy industrial harbors glimpsed through windshields while barreling up I-95 define the Connecticut coast, but, [...]

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WHY GO: Because there are no fudge shops here; just serpentine rivers, a quaint harbor, an anachronistic winery, a rustic flower and animal farm, one of the most highly regarded indie bookstores in the country, Connecticut’s only beach resort, and the best lobster roll on the East Coast. VISIT: Barberry Hill Farm, Madison; If you’re [...]

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Central Park South: The New York City of the Movies

Some claim that Times Square represents New York: The City That Never Sleeps, but this Getaway Maven believes that the Southeast corner of Central Park - land of The Plaza Hotel, The Pierre Hotel, horse and carriages, Wollman Skating Rink and the Central Park Zoo – embodies New York’s beating, romantic heart. At least in [...]

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Beacon NY; A Former Mill Town Built for Romance

** Post updated 1-25-2017 WHY GO: Beacon NY grew up a mill town. Hunched at the foot of mountains and wedged between waterfalls and the navigable Hudson River, factories harnessing raging water eroded beauty from the landscape. Industrial waste turned the Hudson into “a sewer,” according to Beacon’s most famous resident, the late Pete Seeger. [...]

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