Viewing: Arts & Culture

Aspire at Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, Uncasville CT

The soaring geometric glass towers of Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino appear suddenly – and startlingly – as you round a curve in the remote rolling hills along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut. One of these modernist towers now houses Aspire, a “hotel within a hotel” with renovated rooms, butler service, complimentary breakfast, lunch […] Read More

15 Lesser Known But Laudable Art Museums and Studios In Northeast USA

Last year, I compiled this list of the Lesser Known Art Museums in the Northeast for Huffington Post. Like the above referenced art galleries, the following small city and smaller town Art Museums, Artists home studios, and Art Centers in the Northeast are also often overlooked and shouldn’t be. Stop in to any of the […] Read More

Best College Art and History Museums In the Northeast USA

If you haven’t discovered the Art Museum on your kid’s college campus, chances are you are missing out. Some of these museums are World Class, sharing equal status with much larger and well-known institutions. One, the Colby College Museum of Art, claims the largest art collection in the State of Maine. Another, the Harvard Museum […] Read More

Corning NY: Glass and Western Art, plus a Great Feminist Bookstore

WHY GO: When Thomas Edison required a “glass envelope” for his electric light, he asked the geniuses at Corning Glass to engineer something that would withstand the high temperature of the fragile filaments. The scientists came up with the design we still use today – the light bulb. Established in 1851, Corning Glass Works moved […] Read More

Stamford CT: The City That Works as a Great Getaway

WHY GO: The Stamford CT motto – “The City That Works” – suggests more of the Puritan Work Ethic than the Pleasure Principal. Yes, worker-bee commuters swarm daily into Connecticut’s 4th largest city (after Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford), just 50 minutes by Metro North train from Manhattan, but there is another side to Stamford […] Read More

Baltimore MD: The Arts and Neighborhoods in Charm City

WHY GO: Incredibly, Baltimore has two majestic, World Class encyclopedic art museums, the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum, and even more incredibly, both are free to visit. As a departure from spotlighting the typical “Inner Harbor” attractions, this Getaway focuses on the artsy institutions and neighborhoods that make Baltimore so compelling […] Read More

Greater Charlottesville VA: Art and Culture in the Land of Jefferson

WHY GO: First and foremost, Charlottesville VA is a college town: home to the Thomas Jefferson designed University of Virginia. But it’s also part of a region rich in the arts, spirit making, and full of creative entrepreneurs and chefs with diverse backgrounds. Contrary to the tiki-torch-toting Neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville in the summer […] Read More

Southwestern VA Towns, Abingdon and Bristol

WHY GO: With the demise of “extractive industries” (coal and timber), Southwestern Virginia is reinventing itself through its cultural offerings. You’ll most likely be surprised by the caliber of theater, music, food and lodging in the corner of Virginia wedged between Tennessee and Kentucky, a renaissance led by the small but worldly towns of Abingdon […] Read More

Middleburg VA: Tiny Enclave, Huge Appeal in Virginia Horse Country

WHY GO: Fox Hunting and Wine rule the day in Middleburg VA, a small well-to-do hamlet in Loudoun County outside Washington DC: so much so that you can stay in a 250+ year old Inn called the Red Fox, or in a new posh country estate centered on equestrian activities, and visit some fantastic wineries […] Read More

Syracuse NY: Revitalized Former Erie Canal Town

WHY GO: Due to its “port” status, Syracuse NY has always been sophisticated and open to the outside world despite its remote Central NY location. The Erie Canal once coursed right through downtown – old photographs convey a Venice-like panorama – but was paved over in the 1920’s. Syracuse has been going through a renaissance […] Read More

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