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Madison Avenue Business District: A More Intimate Designer Shopping Experience Off 5th

WHY GO: If you’ve got the funds for – or curiosity about – high end fashion designers, and don’t fancy a trip to France or Italy (especially with planes these days), you’ll be exceedingly satisfied with the shops, restaurants, and hotels that make up the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. Spanning Madison Avenue from 57th […] Read more

Resorts World Catskills, Monticello NY: Betting, Off-Roading, and Luxury in the Former Borscht Belt

From the 1930’s on, hoteliers have capitalized on the beauty of the Catskill Mountains, opening up resorts that drew a mostly middle-class Jewish clientele from New York City (90 miles away): so much so that by the 1950’s and ‘60’s, the area was referred to as “The Borsch Belt.” Grossinger’s, Kutsher’s, and The Concord dominated […] Read more

Diamond Mills Hotel, Saugerties NY

Resurrecting the spirit of the paper mill that used to command this dogleg turn on Partition St. (before it burned down in the mid- 70’s), then dusting it with understated glitz, the 30-room Diamond Mills Hotel  has become a go-to for weddings and special events for both locals and NYC Brides and Grooms. The hotel, […] Read more

Saugerties NY: Up-cycled For your Visiting Pleasure

WHY GO: Budget Travel Magazine once deemed Saugerties one of the Ten Coolest Towns in America, but I’ll also add that it’s one of the most down-to-earth, friendly and community minded, with not just one, but two independent bookstores. (As well as an indie movie theater and a slew of owner-run shops). So, it’s no big surprise that […] Read more

Drinks on the House: 15 Great Hotels, Inns, and B&B’s That Serve Free Alcoholic Beverages To Guests

Coffee? Tea? Wine? Hotels, inns, and B&B’s that offer complimentary alcoholic beverages are becoming more and more prevalent these days, and the practice is just one way that the lodging industry is winning fans in this age of Culinary Tourism. Inn owners and hotel managers understand that a glass of bubbly can perk up a […] Read more

Bewitching Salem, MA

WHY GO: The phrase “Witch Hunt” has been flung around pretty cavalierly lately, but here, in Salem MA, where it actually happened, the last Witch Trials in the New World will forever be held up as a cautionary tale of mass hysteria, religious fundamentalism, and unbridled power run amok. In January 1692, accusations of witchcraft […] Read more

Salem, MA Without Witches

WHY GO: Thought Salem was all about witches?  Make a beeline to the electrifying Peabody Essex Museum to discover that’s just not so.  Though Salem, Massachusetts is most associated with the Witch Trials, you can spend a few days here without experiencing anything witch-related at all.  One of the nation’s best – and dare we […] Read more

Studio Allston, Allston MA: Groovy, Man, On Boston’s Outskirts

Imagine entering a real life version of the Beatle’s Yellow Submarine, and that’s what you’ll find when you first walk into the lobby of Studio Allston Hotel in Allston MA, opened in April 2018. A mosaic of color above and below you – leading to and splashed on the elevators, it’s like a psychedelic Yellow […] Read more

Royal Sonesta Boston MA: Better Than Ever in 2019

You can just skip right on over to the Boston Museum of Science, or dip your toes in the Charles River from the back door of the Royal Sonesta Boston – a hotel in Cambridge MA that can honestly bill itself as a Modern Art Museum ever since it opened in 1964. At the time, […] Read more

Somerville MA: The Row Hotel @ Assembly Row and Culinary Davis Square

The Row Hotel at Assembly Row – Autograph Collection, Somerville MA The “Assembly” of Assembly Row, a mixed use development just outside of Boston, refers to the factory on this site that produced Ford automobiles, including the doomed Edsel, from 1926-1958. The developers of Assembly Row in Assembly Square – a relatively new neighborhood in […] Read more

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