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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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Shelter Island NY: A Tranquil Step Back In Time

WHY GO: Picture the Eastern end of Long Island NY - the North Fork (wineries) and the South Fork (Hamptons)- as an open lobster claw. Shelter Island would be the fish in between; nearly, but not quite, in the lobster’s grasp. Accessible only via 10-minute car ferries from either Sag Harbor or Greenport, Shelter Island [...]

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WHY GO: Plan a weekend in Woodstock NY. Yes, this is the Woodstock - best known for the famed 1969 "Peace, Love and Music" Festival that was actually held on Yasger's Farm down the road in Bethel. The hippies have never left, and Woodstock itself has expanded to serve tie-dye wannabes, nostalgic Boomers, and retro Millennials. Nearby, the little [...]

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Kingston NY: An Historic Hotspot on the Hudson

WHY GO: It’s hip, it’s hot, it’s contemporary, it’s historic. Kingston NY was the center of New York Government for several months, a key coal shipping port, and place where former slave, Sojourner Truth, pleaded for and won (in court) her son’s freedom. Most of the attractions and shopping are found in Upper Kingston - [...]

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The Stone House B&B, Hurley NY

You’ve toured the famous stone houses nearby – now sleep in one - actually one of the oldest homes in New York State that you can stay in. Sam and Nadia Scoggins preside over The Stone House B&B,  a fieldstone Dutch vernacular structure dating from 1705,  just outside of tiny Hurley NY. Each of five distinctive [...]

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