Viewing: Malerie Yolen-Cohen

San Francisco CA: CityPASS Advantages

WHAT/WHY: What do you get for $89 ($69 for child 5-11) in San Francisco – one of the most expensive – if not THE most expensive – city in the USA? Well, for one, unlimited rides on the historic cable cars, which can cost $7 per person, each time one jumps on: but only if […] 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

Jamestown NY and The Chautauqua Institution: For the Intellectually and Comedically Curious

WHY GO: As far west as you can get in New York State, Jamestown NY and the nearby Chautauqua Institution, are not easy places to get to. But, man, the journey is worth it. Hometown to Lucille Ball, Jamestown has cornered the market on comedy with the opening of the National Comedy Center in August 2018. […] Read More

Rochester NY: Kodak, Playthings, and Susan B. Anthony

WHY GO: Though Rochester NY is known best for the Erie Canal, George Eastman – of Eastman-Kodak, and several top Universities, a certain powerhouse in the Women’s Right’s movement lived, worked, and is buried here. Susan B. Anthony was the face of Women’s Suffrage in the USA – and a visit to Rochester will not […] Read More

Ellwanger Estate B&B, Rochester NY

The handsome Ellwanger Estate, former home of Rochester socialite Helen Ellwanger, wife of horticulturist George Ellwanger, and founder of the Landmark Society of Western NY, sits very near the park-like Mount Hope Cemetery – where Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas are buried – in this historic and wealthy section of Rochester. First built as […] Read More

Catskill’s Sullivan County NY: Boomer Bliss in Bethel and Livingston Manor

WHY GO: Woodstock. “Three days of fun and music, and nothing but fun and music.” Need we say more? Of course, yes. Boomers will recognize this area of the Catskills, also, as the former “Borscht Belt.” Summer resorts like The Concord, Grossinger’s, and Kutshers (mostly abandoned and in various states of decay) drew Jewish families […] Read More

The DeBruce, Livingston Manor NY: Boutique in Fly-Fishing Country

Built in 1880 as an inn, and then a boarding house, The DeBruce has not roamed far from its origins – except stylistically. Now a cool-bean 14-room boutique hotel, owned by hospitality maestros, Sims and Kirstin Foster, (who also own the Arnold House, North Branch Inn, and 9 River Road), the DeBruce is emblematic of […] Read More

Loews Boston: Ghosts of Boston’s Men in Blue

There are reminders everywhere of Loews Boston Hotel’s original identity: as Boston Police Headquarters from 1926 until 1997. In 2004, the Irish hotel company, Jury’s, purchased and repurposed the “last major Italianate Renaissance Revival building erected in the city” into a luxury hotel. It became a Loews Hotel in 2009. Two large blue lights flank […] Read More

Boston MA: A Terrific Girlfriend Shopping Getaway

Every year, for 18 years, Sara and I have been meeting for a girlfriend “Shop Newbury St. in Boston” getaway. She drives up from Philly, I tool up from Connecticut, and we spend three days popping into shops and stopping for meals from one end of Newbury to another. Eighteen years brings change to commercial […] Read More

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

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