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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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7 Top Health Spas in the Northeast

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Need a jumpstart for your New Year's fitness resolution? These top health spas in the Northeast have you covered. New Life Hiking Spa, Mendon, Vermont The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, Pennsylvania. See Mavens write-up here. Deerfield Spa, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Canyon Ranch Lenox, Lenox, Massachusetts Green Mountain at Fox Run, Ludlow, Vermont Kripalu Center for [...]

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Hershey, PA; Where Goodnight Kisses Are Wrapped in Silver

WHY GO: The product that made Milton Hershey a household name – chocolate – dominates everything here; at Hershey Park, in the Resorts, and on Chocolate Ave. downtown where the streetlights are shaped like Kisses. One of the most overlooked attractions in Hershey, PA is, arguably, its most important; The Milton Hershey School. If you [...]

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