Viewing: Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Rockland ME: Art Lives Here

WHY GO: With the Farnsworth Art Museum, the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and 24 independent art galleries, Rockland ME is a bona fide Mid-Coast Maine art haven, and a draw for explorers looking for something new to put on their walls. Walking down Main St., you’ll almost forget that you’re in a waterfront […] Read more

Mountain Dale NY: Built Anew in Sullivan County

WHY GO: Back in the 1930’s and ‘40’s when my Mother spent her summers in Glen Wild NY, Mountain Dale, just 4 miles away, wasn’t even on her radar. Coming from the hot and sweaty Bronx to the Utopia of the Catskills as a toddler, she remembers running free in the woods, eating berries from […] Read more

Maine Windjamming on the Schooner Stephen Taber

In early June, the Maine Windjammer, Schooner Stephen Taber, was nearly alone on the cruising grounds of Penobscot Bay off Mid-Coast Maine. Just a few lobster boats, putting out traps amidst the approximately 2,000 islands that make these waters so calm and protected, kept company with seven other historic Windjamming Schooners scheduled to raft up […] Read more

Last Minute Patriotic Getaways in the Northeast USA

Need a last minute idea for a 4th of July escape? Try one of these most patriotic getaways in the Northeast USA.   Lexington – Concord MA: The “Shot Heard Around the World” in Concord, and the accidental battle that preceded it by a few hours in Lexington.   Philadelphia PA: Museum of the U.S. […] Read more

Jim Cheney,

The Getaway Mavens gain inspiration and information from other bloggers who cover specific areas of the Northeast USA (Virginia to Maine), and in this interview series we plan to tap into our favorite bloggers’ expertise and motivation. Jim Cheney has been “uncovering” Pennsylvania one attraction at a time for six years now, and he’s a […] Read more

Inn at Diamond Cove, Portland ME: A Maine Island Getaway

Though its address reads Portland ME, the luxurious, 44 room historic Inn at Diamond Cove is actually carved from a former military base on an island off the southern Maine coast. Getting there by ferry is just the beginning of the fun. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Inn is a hideout from the […] Read more

Inn By the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

  I’ve been writing about this environmentally conscious, dog-friendly, 61 room luxury seaside hotel in Cape Elizabeth ME for years, and each time I visit, it just gets better. My first review, in 2008 read: “Grand, but not grandiose, Inn By The Sea keeps both top-notch luxury and eco-friendly practice sacrosanct. To top it off, it’s […] Read more

Portland Harbor Hotel, Portland ME: Chic Digs in Foodie Town

The Portland Harbor Hotel, a newly renovated luxury lodging in the center of the artsy, foodie, cobblestone old port town of Portland ME, has been drawing celebrities and people who eschew franchise overnight accommodations since way before Portland was a crazy-trendy destination.  As Portland has grown in culinary prominence, attracting more and more tourists, a […] Read more

Portland, ME: For Poets, Foodies, and Culture Vultures

WHY GO: When I first wrote about Portland ME ten years ago, this working port on Casco Bay was a laid-back town with a “mellow vibe.” But now it’s crazy busy, especially in Old Port by the waterfront, where uneven cobblestone streets make ambling a pleasurable challenge. There are a gazillion places to eat, catering […] Read more

Ridgefield CT: Fine and Performing Arts in the Woods of Connecticut

WHY GO: Ridgefield CT is a feast for all five bodily senses – sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste – and one more: the sense of humanity. This town of 25,000 is home to Connecticut’s only National Park, which also happens to be the only National Park in the country dedicated to an American painter. There […] Read more

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