Viewing: Arts & Culture

Lynchburg VA: Worldly From the Start

WHY GO: That a Black family, indeed a whole block of African American intellectuals would find safe harbor and thrive in a place called Lynchburg VA in the early 20th century is both testament to the town’s namesake, the Quaker, John Lynch, and its surprisingly progressive history. Over an hour from a major highway (I-64), […] Read More

Fairfax County VA: George Washington’s Home Is Just the Start

WHY GO: Of course, George Washington’s Potomac Riverfront home, Mount Vernon, is the biggest draw to Fairfax County VA, but those who visit and then leave are missing out on naughty Civil War graffiti, Annie Oakley’s shotguns, milking a cow, The Shuttle Discovery, a Frank Lloyd Wright home, a prison-turned-art-center, mesmerizing waterfalls, planned communities – […] 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

Elmira NY: Twain Slept (and Wrote) Here

WHY GO: If you’re a Mark Twain fan, you don’t even have to ask. Things to Do in Elmira NY VISIT: Mark Twain’s Study on the campus of Elmira College, Elmira NY. All Twain devotees will want to step right in to where America’s best humor writer and social critic did much of his thinking, writing, […] Read More

Buffalo NY Finally Gets it Wright

** UPDATED ON 8-2-2017 WHY GO: Once the terminus of the Erie Canal, Buffalo NY had more millionaires than any other city at the turn of last century. Two US Presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, spent time here. And one, William McKinley, was assasinated here. Frederick Law Olmsted designed parks and roadways, industry flourished. The […] Read More

Indiana County PA: Blairsville, Saltsburg, Indiana, and a 150 Year Old Groundhog Named Phil

WHY GO: Jimmy Stewart and Punxsutawney Phil are just the beginning in the Indiana County PA region, also known as an Abolitionist stronghold, and for its Christmas Trees, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and, interestingly, its “Salt Wells.” Indiana County became the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” after coal companies had denuded the land, discovering, […] 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

Monhegan Island ME: Artist Paradise

WHY GO: Ten miles off Mid-Coast Maine, Monhegan Island is known for its artists and lobstermen, who live, symbiotically, on this tiny crust of land just under a square mile in size. Though the population dwindles to 50 year round, when lobstermen continue to pull in those popular Maine crustaceans, warm weather brings artists, writers, […] Read More

Okemo Valley Region, VT: It’s Not All About the Hill

WHY GO: The bulk of visitors come to Okemo Valley to ski – Okemo is, after all, one of the top ski resorts in the Northeast. But like all other Getaway Maven escapes, this one does not focus on the “One Obvious Thing.” The Okemo Valley Region is comprised of 14 little villages (Ludlow being […] Read More

Manchester VT: Off-Roading, Fly-Fishing, Clay Shooting, and The Perfect Bra

WHY GO: Once known for its Outlet Stores and golf at the age-old Equinox Resort, Manchester VT is transitioning into a four-seasons soft adventure, “Sporting Weekend” hotspot with opportunities to learn extreme off-road driving, fly fish on some of the country’s best trout rivers, and practice your shooting skills without killing anything – all guided […] Read More

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