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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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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: Situated at the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets Long Island Sound, Old Saybrook CT has drawn vacationers and celebrities for 150 years. Wavery-voiced actress, Katharine Hepburn lived in the Fenwick neighborhood until her death in 2003. Out on “the point,” The Saybrook Point Inn and Spa recently opened Tall Tales, next [...]

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Emerson Resort and Spa: Mt. Tremper NY

Emerson Resort and Spa is named after poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, and in fact, excerpts of his poems can be seen throughout the property, most notably over the reception desk, and above gas fireplaces in deluxe rooms. In 2007, after being destroyed by fire, the Inn portion of Emerson Resort was rebuilt next to the existing (and undamaged) [...]

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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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Greater Rutland VT: Little Belittled Town on the Rise

WHY GO: Granted, not many people rhapsodize about Rutland VT, but come here and you’ll see another side to this much-maligned Vermont city. Whatever challenges Rutland has faced, it has done so with heart and soul and has come out on top. How else would you describe a town of 17,000 beating out Boston’s Fenway [...]

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Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley PA

In the Pennsylvania woods, about 100 miles from New York City (35 miles from the nearest city of Scranton PA), The Lodge At Woodloch in Hawley PA is the upscale, luxury-spa component of The Woodloch Pines Resort – situated about 2 miles away. While the family-friendly Woodloch Pines has been family owned and operated for [...]

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National Harbor MD: A Fun DC Area Town Established 2008

Straight off you have to understand that in the early 2000’s, National Harbor MD did not exist. In effect, the Gaylord Hotel group pioneered the development of what was once an 1800’s plantation on 300 desolate acres just ten miles from downtown Washington DC. Taking a leap of faith, Gaylord built the 1,996-room National Resort [...]

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Anyone who’s been to Opryland Hotel in Nashville TN will recognize Gaylord’s signature architectural element; multiple acres under glass, enclosing burbling brooks, secondary buildings, stone pathways, water features and interior gardens. Though about 2/3rds the size of Opryland (in number of rooms), the 1,996 room Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor MD, is the tallest of the [...]

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Vidago Palace Hotel and Spa: Vidago Portugal

Drive up the elongated entryway to the deep coral-colored Vidago Palace, in Chaves Portugal and you can almost imagine King Carlos I, happy to escape the pressures of Lisbon and his royal duties in Sintra. But Carlos never had a chance to use Vidago as his northern getaway, as he was assassinated in 1908. And neither [...]

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