Viewing: Arts & Culture

Be A Maker AND Taker in Philadelphia PA’s Reinvigorated Neighborhoods

WHY GO: From its inception, Philadelphia has been a city of diverse “Makers.” Founded as a center of commerce rather than a religious colony, newcomers didn’t have to pay that irksome Church tithe, so strivers from all backgrounds sought their fortunes here. By 1740, Philadelphia was the largest city in the colonies –  an engine […] Read more

Amherst MA: A Yiddisha Madel, Emily Dickinson

WHY GO: Amherst MA and its environs thrums with writers, poets, illustrators, and one astounding book sanctuary. The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson, is most associated with this small college town in Western Mass (“The Other Side of Massachusetts”), but she’s not the only author or illustrator who once lived or currently lives here.  The […] Read more

New Haven, CT; Center of Arts, Food, Theater, and Oh Yes, Yale University

WHY GO: Yale University.  Original Guttenberg Bible. Most innovative Live Theater in the country. Free World Class Art Museums.  Best Pizza on the planet. Birthplace of the a) Hamburger, b) Frisbee, c) Knights of Columbus, d) Cotton Gin, e) Dictionary.  There are so many reasons to visit New Haven, and this Getaway is just the […] Read more

Sandwich, MA; On the Edge of the Cape Cod Canal

WHY GO: It’s the first town over the Bourne Bridge, so if you want to be on “The Cape” but can’t see driving another mile, bed down here.  You can learn firsthand about the Canal you just crossed, taste and buy jam the way it was made 110 years ago, and ride an historic indoor […] Read more

Pennsylvania’s Medieval Cathedral and the Temple of the Three Stooges

WHY GO: Why go? Because a Pennsylvania Rags to Riches Captain of Industry, John Pitcairn, founded a whole new religious branch of Christianity about 15 miles north of Philadelphia, and built a cathedral on his property. Because his son, Raymond, continued his work and in the process amassed the largest collection of Medieval stained glass […] Read more

Boston On the Water; Two If By Sea

WHY GO: Formerly a cesspool, now a national model for waterfront revival, Boston harbor is full of surprises. Two days closer than New York to Europe during Colonial times, Boston was once the favored American port and is now reclaiming its maritime history. Though crowds have rediscovered Boston’s old working wharves, there are still some […] Read more

Philadelphia PA; A Garden of Delights

WHY GO: It’s amazing how many gardens you’ll discover in Philadelphia; some landscaped, others with nary a fern, plant, or even dirt.  You’ll find that the word “Garden” can be interpreted in many ways, from shops to restaurants (no, not the one that starts with Olive) to eccentric creations.  This Getaway highlights some well known […] Read more

Stratford, Ontario; Beliebe it or Not

WHY GO: Here’s a strange fact: Stratford, Ontario, a good two-hour drive from Toronto and home to the preeminent Shakespeare Theater Festival in Canada, is also hometown of teen hottie Justin Bieber. Talk about Yin/Yang.  This small outpost has also been nurturing quite a Locavore culture drawing high-caliber chefs who work magic with the products […] 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 a new reason to make the trip out […] Read more

Essex, CT: An American Eagle Town

WHY GO: Why is Essex, CT is one of the most popular yachting towns in the Northeast USA? Because it’s located on the flat out stunning Connecticut River, deemed one of 15 wetlands “of international importance,” where Bald Eagles have returned in droves.  The Connecticut River and Essex in particular was, if not the center of the […] Read more

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