Viewing: Arts & Culture

Scranton PA: Trains, Coal And A Whole Lot of Magic

WHY GO: Nicknamed “The Electric City,” Scranton PA was the first city in the country with an electric trolley system in 1886, though, ironically, electricity didn’t put Scranton on the map. Anthracite coal and a major railroad center did. Scranton, in fact, once fueled the country, and its wealth attracted world-renowned architects like Raymond Hood […] Read more

Williamstown MA: Art and Pancakes in Northern Berkshires

WHY GO: Williamstown MA is home to Williams College and the Williamstown Theater Festival, but in July 2014, the Art World was all atwitter about the reopening of the town’s Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute – now known as “The Clark” – after a $145 million expansion and renovation. Art lovers will want to […] Read more

North Adams MA: Northern Berkshires Hotspot

WHY GO: Come to see what the fuss is about at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, known as Mass MoCA, and then plan to stay in one of the quirkiest country-contemporary-row-house redo of a boutique hotel – Porches. Book your overnight around an event at Mass MoCA (literally across the street) or come off-season […] Read more

Visit Movie Locations in the Northeast USA

Where were your favorite movies made? TV Shows produced? You’ll be happy to know that not all great flicks were filmed in some hidden soundstage, and not all TV shows are produced or shot in New York and L.A.  Here’s the Getaway Mavens list of movie locations all can visit. Click on the town or city to […] Read more

Best Northeast Getaways for Literary Snobs

Some of the greatest literary classics were written right here in the Northeastern USA. Twain, Poe, Melville, and even, yes, the bane of High School SAT-takers, Noah Webster, all found their muse in this region. Are you or a loved one a dyed in the wool bibliophile? Check out the following Best Northeast Getaways for […] Read more

Pittsburgh PA: Who’s Making Movies Today?

WHY GO: There are all kinds of reasons to visit Pittsburgh PA. With 90 distinct neighborhoods, it’s a big city with lots of big city appeal. Steel has moved out and technology is in. Google has a presence here, robotic companies are innovating, and the “world’s first Gold LEED certified” convention center, completed in 2003, […] Read more

American History; Boston Style (With Martinis)

WHY GO? Boston, MA will be forever linked to America’s revolutionary stirrings – Tea Party, anyone? – and in 2013, the Old State House celebrated its 300th anniversary.  Even if you snoozed through history class in High School, there are plenty of engaging ways to learn about our nation’s birth here, from Tea Party reenactments to […] Read more

Do Wilmington DE Like A Du Pont

WHY GO: Come to Wilmington DE to be immersed in all things DuPont. Begin with Pierre Samuel and his son E.I at Hagley, and continue on to the French and American palaces of Winterthur and Nemours. Attractions in the greater Wilmington area can be daunting, many require a full day to explore. But no fear, […] Read more

Red Bank NJ: Where Pop-Culture and Mom and Pop Converge

WHY GO: What Red Bank NJ lacks in museums or historic sites, it more than makes up for in pop-culture. Declared one of the nation’s “Coolest Towns” by Smithsonian Magazine (in 2012), and just an hour from New York City at the confluence of the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers, this tiny NJ town of 13,000 […] Read more

Worcester MA: Arts, Armor and Restaurant Powerhouse

WHY GO: Who can resist the “Birthplace of the Smiley Face?”  Yes, graphic designer, Harvey Ball, lived and worked in mid-state, once-fading, now resurgent industrial Worcester MA, as did Esther Howland, the “Mother of the American Valentine,” who took an elaborate Victorian Valentine’s Day card and turned it into a mass-produced hot product. Hearts and […] Read more

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