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Old Lyme CT: Birthplace of American Impressionism

WHY GO. Morning fog transforms the landscape into the hazy tableau of an impressionist painting in the very place considered the Birthplace of American Impressionism, Old Lyme CT.  In the late 1890’s widow Florence Griswold opened her home to American artists fresh from studying in France, forming the country’s first European-style Art Colony – an “American […] Read more

Clearfield County PA: Clearfield, Dubois – A Perfect Highway Stop

WHY GO: Until recently, Clearfield County, in mid-western Pennsylvania just off I-80, was believed to be nothing more than deer and elk hunting grounds with the largest number of elk outside of the American West. But though it’s hard to imagine, cool things are happening here. This remote region, with 102 miles of the Susquehanna […] Read more

Best Drive on the Connecticut Coast

A version of this article was published in National Geographic Traveler April 2011. For more on these towns and many others in the Northeast USA from Virginia to Maine, consult the GetawayMavens.com. BOAT OFF SMITH NECK RD. OLD LYME CT When Ayn Rand needed to research The Fountainhead, when Katherine Hepburn yearned to escape the […] Read more

New London, Groton And Niantic CT: Go Nuclear

WHY GO: Morning fog envelopes New London CT like smoke from Benedict Arnold’s deadly fires.  In 1781 America’s most noted turncoat led British troops on a raid that left this naval stronghold in cinders, destroying ships, homes and shops.  A hundred and twenty years later, young Eugene O’Neill escaped his stern father and morphine addicted […] Read more

Chester, CT to Haddam, CT – Charming Towns Just Six Miles Apart on the Connecticut River

WHY GO: Performing, fine and culinary artists, as well as clothing and building designers, have been drawn to the mesmerizing Connecticut River for centuries, and after indulging in this Getaway – to Chester, Haddam and East Haddam –  you’ll see why. Some of the best artists and chefs in the region create in local kitchens […] Read more

Old Saybrook CT: Kate Hepburn’s Hangout on the Connecticut Shore

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 […] Read more

55 Surprisingly Romantic Getaways in New England

“Romantic Escape” may not leap to mind when you come across some of these destinations in New England. But the following 55 ideas might just open your eyes to new places to explore together. From snug B&B’s to urban hotels, revitalized cities, and quiet lakeside resorts, you’ll find something just perfect for the quirky, fun-loving, […] Read more

Best College Art and History Museums In the Northeast USA

If you haven’t discovered the Art Museum on your kid’s college campus, chances are you are missing out. Some of these museums are World Class, sharing equal status with much larger and well-known institutions. One, the Colby College Museum of Art, claims the largest art collection in the State of Maine. Another, the Harvard Museum […] Read more

Best Northeast Getaways for Art Lovers

From the venerable MFA in Boston to the fragile creations at Corning Glass Museum in the Finger Lakes NY, the Northeast is replete with destinations your art lover will adore. Here are 16 Best Northeast Getaways for connoisseurs of art: VERMONT: Bennington VT: Bennington Museum – largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings Woodstock VT: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller […] Read more

150 Surprisingly Romantic Destinations in the Northeast USA

The Getaway Mavens have been hard at work, collecting and organizing the best romantic destinations in Northeast USA (Virginia to Maine).  The following surprisingly romantic weekend getaways near NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC are perfect: to pop the question, for a nearby honeymoon, to celebrate a special life event, or just determine if you […] Read more

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