Viewing: Gardens

Ellwanger Estate B&B, Rochester NY

The handsome Ellwanger Estate, former home of Rochester socialite Helen Ellwanger, wife of horticulturist George Ellwanger, and founder of the Landmark Society of Western NY, sits very near the park-like Mount Hope Cemetery – where Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas are buried – in this historic and wealthy section of Rochester. First built as […] Read More

Northern Chester County PA: Small Hidden Towns That Ooze Charm and…The Blob

WHY GO: While Longwood Gardens and QVC are the most visited attractions in Southern Chester County PA (covered in this post) other, smaller, lesser known gems – a 35-acre “pleasure garden” favored by Martha Stewart and Brits; two tiny “Brigadoon”-like hamlets with world-renowned cred; the place where an iconic campy horror movie was filmed; a […] Read More

Chelsea NYC: FIT, Flowers, Floating Gardens, Figures, and the Cool Cambria Hotel

WHY GO: The Chelsea section of Manhattan was hipster Brooklyn before Brooklyn became Brooklyn. Home to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT: which is to clothing design what the Culinary Institute of America is to cooking), the country’s first successful elevated linear urban park, cool shops, a museum dedicated to math!, and even a jungle […] Read More

Harford County MD At the Top of the Chesapeake: Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, Bel Air

WHY GO: Harford County MD is at the “Top of the Chesapeake,” where the Susquehanna River flows into the Bay. Explored by John Smith in 1608, this shallow area of the Chesapeake, teeming with celery grass and other food for birds, drew wealthy hunters like Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt and Du Pont’s. The county’s most […] Read More

Vintage Gardens B&B, Newark NY: Coming Up Roses

Just 30 minutes from Seneca Falls, (and 45 minutes from Rochester) in the small, walkable Erie Canal town of Newark, The Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast, an exquisite 5-room inn, has a special pedigree: It was the home of Charles Perkins and headquarters of the Jackson Perkins Rose Co. – the floral brokers who brought […] Read More

Castle Hill Resort and Spa: Proctorsville VT

Built, in 1901, in the “English Cotswold Style” of rough-hewn granite as a summer home for industrialist Allen M. Fletcher (who was elected Governor of Vermont in 1912), the 10-room Castle Hill Resort and Spa, the first home in Vermont to be wired for electricity, is on the National Historic Register and a Historic Hotel of […] Read More

Northeastern Connecticut: The Quiet Corner Growing Louder

WHY GO: Connecticut’s Northeastern-most section, bordering Rhode Island and Massachusetts – has been dubbed the “Quiet Corner.” But it is quiet only in the way that a duck seems stock still while paddling furiously underwater. There’s an energy here that’s driving positive changes, mostly of the artistic and culinary sort, in the small towns of […] Read More

Somerset County NJ: Somerville, Bernardsville – Quirky, Quaint, and Farm to Table

WHY GO: Millionaires and Billionaires have been escaping to Northern New Jersey since the Gilded Age, bringing their horses and golf clubs (you know, the kind that sit on hundreds of acres) with them. Both the US Golf Association and US Equestrian Team Foundation are headquartered in Somerset County NJ, where rich people of the […] Read More

Boothbay, Maine: Yep, It’s the Harbor, Too

WHY GO: Boothbay Harbor ME was the first “off-Route-1 town” that became popular with tourists on the Maine Coast, and, centered in “Mid Coast Maine” is quicker to get to than Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park to the northeast. Yes, tourists converge here in the summertime, but plan a trip in June, and you’ll […] Read More

Greater Kennebunks ME: Best Offbeat Attractions

WHY GO: These Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells and Saco ME attractions should be added to THIS Getaway Mavens Kennebunk’s post, as there is very good reason to visit them all. Preservation – of land, transportation and history – is the thread that connects all of these places; safeguarded by passionate volunteers and organizations. Things to Do in […] Read More

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