Viewing: Arts & Culture

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

Brandywine Valley- Southern Chester County PA; Wyeths, QVC, Mushrooms, and Splendid Gardens

WHY GO: This choice corner of Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia has been termed “America’s Garden Capital.” With 31 world-class horticultural assets within a 30-mile radius, Brandywine Valley encompasses the greatest concentration of public gardens than anywhere else on the continent.  The typical tourist comes to Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley – Southern Chester County PA to see the […] Read More

Montgomery County MD: Urban and Urbane Just Outside of Washington DC

WHY GO: You’ll probably recognize names of the towns that make up Montgomery County MD, on the northwest border of Washington DC: Rockville, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and others. Once considered the “Land of Malls,” this Maryland county is transitioning into attractive “Town Centers” – perfect for those who want to work, eat, and […] Read More

Book Lovers: 10 Most Unique and Memorable Bookstores, Museums, and Libraries for the Traveling Bibliophile

If your ideal getaway revolves around hunting for old books, or discovering the unique institutions that house them, these ten bookstores, museums, and libraries in the Northeast USA will fulfill your passion. Argosy Bookstore, New York NY. One of the last remaining independent bookshops in NYC, the 6-floor Argosy, founded in 1925 by Louis Cohen, […] Read More

Announcing Launch of Iconic Illustrators Trail, Western Massachusetts, With Discount Ticket Package

ICONIC ILLUSTRATORS TRAIL Western Massachusetts is (and has always been) inundated with artists and writers of all kinds. At the intersection of these two types of creatives are book and magazine illustrators – most famously, Norman Rockwell, Dr. Seuss, and Eric Carle – all who live or were born here. For the first time, three […] Read More

New Canaan CT: Mid-Century Modern Has Always Lived Here

WHY GO: An hour’s commute by train into Manhattan, New Canaan CT was the quintessential John Cheever-esque suburb, pioneered first by farmers, and then by strivers, achievers, and, surprisingly, a futuristic, visionary type of architect. Though Philip Johnson, designer of The Glass House, is the most famous, he was just one of The Harvard Five: […] 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

Chelsea NYC: FIT, Flowers, Floating Gardens, Figures, and the Cool Cambria Hotel

WHY GO: The Chelsea section of Manhattan was hipster Brooklyn before Brooklyn became Brooklyn. Home to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT: which is to clothing design what the Culinary Institute of America is to cooking), the country’s first successful elevated linear urban park, cool shops, a museum dedicated to math!, and even a jungle […] Read More

Getaway Mavens Best Lesser Known Art Institutions in the Northeast USA

Think “World Class Art Museums in the Northeast USA” and big city “majors” come to mind: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to start. Of course, all of these institutions are worthy of note, and are covered extensively by the press. But there […] 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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