Viewing: Arts & Culture

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

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

Best Things To Do In St. Louis On A Weekend Getaway

A hybrid between Gateway to the West and Southern Charm, it’s the vibrant arts scene that weaves its way through all the fun things to do in St. Louis. Premier art museums, quirky outdoor sculptures, and serious jazz venues are just the beginning. This city break wouldn’t be complete without accommodations that place culture on […] Read more

Bethlehem PA: Steel, Song, Study, and Skill in PA’s Moravian Town

WHY: The Lehigh River cuts the town of Bethlehem PA in two – with the hulking bones of Bethlehem Steel and Lehigh University on the South Side and the stone Germanic Colonial buildings of Historic Moravian Bethlehem on the other. Bethlehem Steel, which you may recall from Billy Joel’s song, Allentown (“Out in Bethlehem they’re […] Read more

Get the Best Broadway Show Tickets For Less

If it’s been a while since you last purchased tickets to Broadway shows in New York City, prepare for sticker shock. Premium seats now go for well over $200, and the most highly prized seats can be much, much more–think an insanely high $850 for the best seats to Hamilton. There are a number of […] 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

Lancaster County PA; Where Buggy Whips Still Fly Off the Shelves

WHY GO: When you come to Lancaster County, PA, please leave your Type-A personality at home.  Time moves slower in this lush farmland, and, wandering the back roads, you will get stuck behind a clip-clopping Amish buggy. Though attractions and shops can be far apart, getting lost on undulating byways is half the pleasure. Breath […] 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

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