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Norwalk CT: Connecticut’s Sassy Coastal Town

WHY GO: Norwalk CT has gone through its ups and downs, but now, with new restaurants and nightlife, it’s on a definite upswing. Families come here for the award winning Stepping Stones Museum and Maritime Aquarium.  Gourmands can’t wait to try out the newest bistro on the block.  And boaters and kayakers wax lyrical about […] Read More

Carpe Diem Guesthouse and Spa, Provincetown MA: Updated To Luxe Standards

Carpe Diem owner, Stephen Hooper worked for Donna Karan for over 20 years. His husband, Paul Graves, was a NY attorney. Three years ago, they gave up their high-power jobs and their homes in Brooklyn and upstate NY to establish a life in their “Happy Place,” Provincetown – where they met many years ago. Hooper’s […] Read More

Provincetown MA: The Edge of the World

WHY GO: Provincetown MA on the tip of Cape Cod is buoyant and gay in all definitions of that word. It’s beautiful, fun, spontaneous, and free-spirited: perfect for like-minded souls. Where the parched Pilgrims on the Mayflower originally landed seeking water, and afterwards a maritime and whaling center, Provincetown began to draw actors and artists in the early 1900’s […] Read More

Seacoast New Hampshire: Roots of Our Nation in Exeter, Barrington, Rye, and New Castle

WHY GO: Visitors to Portsmouth New Hampshire are missing a great deal if they ignore the city’s outlying areas – within the region dubbed Seacoast NH. Small town Exeter, home to the venerable prep school, Phillips-Exeter, will charm you to pieces – and also provide an enlightening glimpse of our Founding Father’s debate over what […] Read More

Portsmouth NH: Seaport, Shopping and Full-On Culinary Scene

WHY GO: As a Colonial seaport and one of the country’s oldest Naval Shipyards, Portsmouth was open to many immigrants from foreign lands who lived and socialized together in an enclave picturesquely called “Puddle Dock.” The town bustled with shops and eateries, barges plied the rivers delivering goods: it was lively and friendly – and […] Read More

Beacon NY; A Former Mill Town Built for Romance

** Post updated 06-18- 2018 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 […] Read More

Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza Region, Argentina – Relais & Chateaux in the Midst of Malbec Country

Cavas Wine Lodge, a Relais & Chateaux hotel, sets a new precedent for vineyard-luxe. Even in winter, when leaves and fruit shrivel and brown, this posh outpost nurtures guests with meticulous service, excellent cuisine, and warm, involved owners. Billed as “The first luxury lodge in the foothills of the Andes,” Cavas Wine Lodge takes some […] Read More

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: Merry Crowds, Otherworldly Landscape

WHY GO: Don’t you want to sing Girl from Ipanema on the very beach that inspired that song? Or be whisked atop a rock formation that protrudes from the sea like a giant breaching whale? Or pretend to grab the 125 ‘ tall Christ the Redeemer’s outstretched hands? In 2012, Rio de Janeiro was named […] Read More

New Hampshire’s Southwest Corner: With Uncle Sam, Little Red Riding Hood, and Yankee Magazine

WHY GO: You can’t get more New England than the generally overlooked Southwest corner of New Hampshire. In the stoic way of the region, there are no hyped-up ads urging you to visit, even though you’ll find Uncle Sam, Little Red Riding Hood, warm Maple Syrup, big scoops of ice cream, Yankee Magazine, and the […] Read More

Chesterfield Inn, West Chesterfield NH

From the fallen bones of 300 year old barns emerged the upscale Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield NH. In the early 1980’s, a collection of decrepit barns and sheds, first built in the 1700’s, were all that stood on this small hill overlooking busy Route 9. In 1984, Pamela Lendzion hired architect Rod Williams, who […] Read More

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