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Havasu Falls; An Epic Backpacking Trip

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, Havasu Falls, lies deep within the tribal lands of the Havasupai, the American Indian tribe who has lived in the Grand Canyon for over eight hundred years.  In 2014, my daughter and I celebrated her high school graduation with an dream backpacking trip to Havasu Falls. […] 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. I was lucky enough to join Captain Noah Barnes and 20 guests who, like me, didn’t mind cramped quarters, two shared bathrooms (for all), and a makeshift deck-rigged canvas shower, in exchange for […] Read more

Grafton VT: Ski Magic and Irreverent History

$5 dollars and a jug of rum was the price of naming rights when Grafton was renamed in 1791, the same year Vermont entered the Union. Samuel Spring was already selling spirits on the site where the Old Tavern now stands, but over time the enterprise added a hotel. A popular stopover on the Boston-to-Montreal and […] Read more

Top Things to Do In The Laurel Highlands of Western PA

WHY GO: The Laurel Highlands region of Western PA, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, is so spectacular, it proved the ideal setting for several Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces. It’s also where you’ll find the hometown of both “Mr. Rogers” and Arnold Palmer (Latrobe), a small town Art Museum that won a major Architectural Design […] 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

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

Your Grandfather’s Adirondacks (With Better Food)

WHY GO: Sure, you go to the Adirondacks to hike or ski or to skate on the Olympic Oval.  But on the trips that your Grandfather or Great Grandfather took up to the mountains, there were other monumental attractions to behold, as well as more life and death reasons one would have make the trek.  […] Read more

Raystown Lake Region PA: Historic Huntingdon and Watersports Galore

WHY GO: Rimmed by mountains, the stunning Raystown Lake in Midwestern PA is 30 miles long with 118 miles of shoreline – nearly all of it managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. As the least developed, most pristine and dramatic of all the water bodies in the state, Raystown Lake is the only Pennsylvania […] Read more

The Northwest CT Border: Lakes and Racetracks

WHY GO: Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Day Lewis and Oliver Platt all have homes in these parts. Paul Newman was a frequent visitor – mainly to race his cars at Lime Rock Park. In California or New York, A-List stars are hassled and harried. Not here. So it’s no surprise that even stressed out […] Read more

Okemo Valley Region, VT: It’s Not All About the Hill

WHY GO: The bulk of visitors come to Okemo Valley to ski – Okemo is, after all, one of the top ski resorts in the Northeast. But like all other Getaway Maven escapes, this one does not focus on the “One Obvious Thing.” The Okemo Valley Region is comprised of 14 little villages (Ludlow being […] Read more

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