Viewing: Arts & Culture

Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua NY: Feed Your Head

WHY GO: The Chautauqua Institution, a 20 minute drive from Jamestown, NY is not easy to get to. The closest major airport, in Buffalo, is 1 1/2 hours away. But stay for a few days, and you’re apt to bump into a well-known Hollywood, Musical, Artistic, or Political figure; there to speak or play or […] 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

Lancaster, PA: Arts, Crafts and Theater Getaway

WHY: Though more and more cities are saving important buildings from the wrecking ball, the award for the most repurposed downtown goes to that bastion of Amish Culture, Lancaster, PA.  Most tourists visit this region for a glimpse of the austere, electricity-shunning PA Dutch, but there is another reason to make the trip out to […] 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

Frederick MD: A Mini-Philly With A Charm All Its Own

WHY GO: Maryland’s second largest city (after Baltimore), Frederick MD, is on the move. Distilleries have popped up like stills in the hills, and a stunning downtown canal-walk swarms with locals on balmy days and nights. With its brick row homes, adorable boutiques, and growing culinary scene, Frederick feels like a mini-Philly but has a […] Read more

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

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