Viewing: College Towns

Hanover NH: Dartmouth, Assyrian Reliefs, Mexican Murals and the Appalachian Trail

WHY GO: It’s no big secret that Hanover NH is Dartmouth College. The campus takes up most of Hanover, including the Town Green and some shops. But there are several reasons why even non-college bound explorers flock to this quintessential New England community: for the world-renowned Assyrian Reliefs dating back to Biblical times, to hike […] Read More

Kent County MD: The Surprising Personalities of Chestertown, Betterton, and Rock Hall

WHY GO: You won’t believe who washed ashore and stayed in Chestertown, Betterton, and Rock Hall MD in Kent County on the Upper Chesapeake. There’s a Bobby Flay/James Beard House/NY Bistro Philly born Chef with her own restaurant in a population-300 beach town. There’s a retired Ivy League college professor who opened a shabby chic […] 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

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

Raystown Lake Region PA: Historic Huntingdon and Watersports Galore

WHY GO: Rimmed by mountains, the stunning Raystown Lake in Midwestern PA is 30 miles long with 118 miles of shoreline – nearly all of it managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. As the least developed, most pristine and dramatic of all the water bodies in the state, Raystown Lake is the only Pennsylvania […] Read More

Gage Mansion B&B, Huntingdon PA

If you want to stay in Victorian-age grandeur, without the clutter and frou-frou that are hallmarks of the era, choose the Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast, a beautifully restored brick and multi-colored trimmed Queen Ann Victorian right in downtown Huntingdon PA. Built by Colonel George Gage, inventor and railroad man who was hired in the […] Read More

Scrappy Reading and Other Delightful Towns In Berks County PA

WHY GO: If you’ve ever played Monopoly, you’ll recognize Reading PA as one of the board game’s four Railroads, or, if you follow such things, the birthplace of pop icon, Taylor Swift. But this former iron and industrial city was also familiar to bargain shoppers as an Outlet Center long before outlets were “premium.”  The […] Read More

Greater Burlington VT: Bears, Boats and Brews

WHY GO: A case can be made that Burlington VT – or more generally, the whole of Vermont – begat the Farm to Table dining movement. Asking about the “best” restaurant in town – “and it has to source locally” – one is met with incredulous looks and the claim, “every restaurant here buys from […] Read More

Made Inn Vermont B&B, Burlington VT

A big darkly colored Victorian – something the Adam’s Family might put up on AirBnB – Made Inn Vermont B&B is a contradiction in so many ways, starting with the fact that it is small (only four rooms) but has a growing reputation among fashionistas, rock & rollers, and mid-century modern style fans who also love craft beer. Here’s […] Read More

Hotel Vermont, Burlington VT

Only three years old, Hotel Vermont, a chic boutique, is everything an upscale Vermont hotel should be: environmentally conscious with judicious use of natural elements in a funky, eye pleasing décor. And this being Vermont – where locals take beer seriously – Hotel Vermont claims its own “Beer Concierge,” Matt Canning, who arranges day-long Vermont […] Read More

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