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Inn at Diamond Cove, Portland ME: A Maine Island Getaway

Though its address reads Portland ME, the luxurious, 44 room historic Inn at Diamond Cove is actually carved from a former military base on an island off the southern Maine coast. Getting there by ferry is just the beginning of the fun. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Inn is a hideout from the […] Read more

Inn By the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

  I’ve been writing about this environmentally conscious, dog-friendly, 61 room luxury seaside hotel in Cape Elizabeth ME for years, and each time I visit, it just gets better. My first review, in 2008 read: “Grand, but not grandiose, Inn By The Sea keeps both top-notch luxury and eco-friendly practice sacrosanct. To top it off, it’s […] Read more

The Definitive St. Thomas Travel Guide

WHY GO: Like most Caribbean islands, St. Thomas has its fair share of breathtaking white-sand, clear-water beaches. What makes this United States Virgin Island unique is its long history as a major port. Because of its strategic position in the West Indies, St. Thomas has been described as “the place which is on the way […] Read more

Provincetown MA: The Edge of the World

WHY GO: Provincetown MA on the tip of Cape Cod is buoyant and gay in all definitions of that word. It’s beautiful, fun, spontaneous, and free-spirited: perfect for like-minded souls. Where the parched Pilgrims on the Mayflower originally landed seeking water, and afterwards a maritime and whaling center, Provincetown began to draw actors and artists in the early 1900’s […] Read more

Mystic, CT: Beyond Whaling

WHY GO: Of the 2,700 commercial whaling ships that plied the world’s seas in the 19th and early 20th centuries, only one remains: the Charles W. Morgan, and it happens to reside at Mystic Seaport in Mystic CT. After being restored to sea-worthiness, the historic ship returned to the water in July, 2014 and after […] Read more

New London, Groton And Niantic CT: Go Nuclear

WHY GO: Morning fog envelopes New London CT like smoke from Benedict Arnold’s deadly fires.  In 1781 America’s most noted turncoat led British troops on a raid that left this naval stronghold in cinders, destroying ships, homes and shops.  A hundred and twenty years later, young Eugene O’Neill escaped his stern father and morphine addicted […] Read more

Nassau Bahamas; Fun In Paradise Island

WHY GO: Sand as fine as sugar, ocean as clear and endless as an infinity pool, and a tropical heat that warms the heart. Natural beauty is reason enough to visit Nassau Bahamas and Paradise Island, but with this Caribbean destination, it’s all about more: more thrills, more attractions, and more FUN. Fun Things To Do […] Read more

St. Barths (aka Saint Barthélemy,) French Caribbean Luxe

WHY GO: St. Barths  (also known as St. Barts or Saint Barthélemy) was long the forgotten child of the French West Indies. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and named for his brother Bartholomeo, the fierce little isle resisted easy settlement. It wasn’t until the late 1600s that an enterprising band of Normandy Huguenots made a go […] Read more

What Should You Do On Nantucket MA? Everything!

WHY GO: Most people come to the island of Nantucket MA for the beaches. Or the boutiques. Or the highly respected cuisine. But Nantucket, 26 miles off the Massachusetts coast – the most remote of all New England islands – is so steeped in history, the whole landmass has been declared a National Historic Landmark. […] Read more

Falmouth MA: Your First Beach Stop on Cape Cod

WHY GO: Falmouth MA, in the extreme southwest corner of Cape Cod, encompasses the tiny burg of Woods Hole – a Getaway Maven hot spot – and the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard – another Maven fave. But there are things to see in Falmouth as well, including a recently renovated Victorian mansion turned art museum, […] Read more

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