Viewing: Beach Vacations

The Starlux Hotel, Wildwood NJ: Boutique Kitsch in the Wildwoods

In 2000, the Morey brothers renovated the old Wingate – turning the faded Wildwood icon into The Starlux Hotel a retro-chic starburst of a lodging. Proving that a hotel doesn’t have to be 5-star to be special, The Starlux is not “luxurious” in the private-butler lavish sense, but is a portal back to a simpler […] Read more

Queen Anne’s County MD: An Upper Chesapeake Bay Sweet Spot

WHY GO: Queen Anne’s County MD has the distinction of sitting almost within reach of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, offering one chief reason to stay: a sunset the likes you’ve never seen before. But of course, there’s so much more. Queen Anne’s County is carved out of the easternmost part of the Delmarva Peninsula, and […] Read more

Higgins Beach Inn, Scarborough ME: From Faded to Fab

I was sitting at the bar in Shade, the new house restaurant at the just-redone Higgins Beach Inn, a boutique hotel 15 minutes from Portland ME, having a nice chat with the bartender and a couple of lovely women I’d just met. It was 9pm on a Thursday night in June, and all the tables […] Read more

Cliff House, Cape Neddick ME: Newly Hip

InStyle Magazine called the re-imagined Cliff House on Cape Neddick ME one of the best spots in the world to get engaged, and when you drive past lovely shore homes, pull into the long drive, and at last enter this Oceanside resort that conjures up images of Jane Eyre on the moors, you’ll understand why. […] Read more

7 Unusual Attractions in Grand Cayman; a Travel Guide

The Cayman Islands have some of the best dive spots in the world, but did you know there were mermaids? This and six other quirky attractions make Grand Cayman a Getaway Maven favorite. Things To Do In Grand Cayman DIVE: Underwater Mermaid Statue. Amphitrite, the 9-foot-tall bronze mermaid known as the Siren of Sunset Reef, is found 55 feet […] Read more

Recharge Your Soul in Clinton and Madison CT- With The Best Lobster Roll in New England

WHY GO: Because there are no fudge shops here; just serpentine rivers, a quaint harbor, an anachronistic winery, a rustic flower and animal farm, one of the most highly regarded indie bookstores in the country, Connecticut’s only beach resort, and the best lobster roll on the East Coast. Things To Do In Clinton and Madison […] Read more

Stonington CT: Authentic New England Shoreline Town With Panache

WHY GO: This little Connecticut Shoreline village, wedged between Mystic and the Rhode Island state line, is compact, adorable and perfect for weekend exploration. Stonington’s downtown – known as “The Borough” – is so adorable in fact, it stood in as a Maine waterfront town in the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones movie, Hope Springs. Less a tourist draw […] Read more

Southampton NY: Ritzy Hamptons Affordable in the Off Season

WHY GO: If all you know about “The Hamptons” is what you hear or see on TV, there’s always another side to the story. Though made up of several towns, including Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Amagansett, East and West Hampton, and more, the crux of The Hamptons, as far as Arts and shopping goes, is tony […] Read more

Long Branch NJ: Off Season Joys of the Jersey Shore

WHY GO: The northern Jersey Shore town of Long Branch NJ shares all the benefits of a “Jersey Shore Experience” – the Atlantic Ocean, the sand, the incredible sunrises – with its southern sisters (Atlantic City, Cape May), but it’s so much easier to get to. Long Branch is the first stop on the NJ Transit Bayhead […] Read more

Bungalow Hotel: Fun Boutique in Long Branch NJ

With an interior designed by the HGTV darlings, Robert and Cortney Novogratz, The Bungalow Hotel, in Long Branch NJ is a delightful, whimsical, colorful and eclectic alternative to your basic franchise beach getaway. There are just 24 units on three floors ranging from standard to 2-bedroom, and though not directly on the beach (and hence, […] Read more

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