Viewing: Girlfriend Getaways

Frederick MD: A Mini-Philly With A Charm All Its Own

WHY GO: Maryland’s second largest city (after Baltimore), Frederick MD, is on the move. Distilleries have popped up like stills in the hills, and a stunning downtown canal-walk swarms with locals on balmy days and nights. With its brick row homes, adorable boutiques, and growing culinary scene, Frederick feels like a mini-Philly but has a […] Read more

Boston MA: A Terrific Girlfriend Shopping Getaway

Every year, for 18 years, Sara and I have been meeting for a girlfriend “Shop Newbury St. in Boston” getaway. She drives up from Philly, I tool up from Connecticut, and we spend three days popping into shops and stopping for meals from one end of Newbury to another. Eighteen years brings change to commercial […] Read more

Rockland ME: Art Lives Here

WHY GO: With the Farnsworth Art Museum, the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and 24 independent art galleries, Rockland ME is a bona fide Mid-Coast Maine art haven, and a draw for explorers looking for something new to put on their walls. Walking down Main St., you’ll almost forget that you’re in a waterfront […] 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

Madison Avenue Business District: A More Intimate Designer Shopping Experience Off 5th

WHY GO: If you’ve got the funds for – or curiosity about – high end fashion designers, and don’t fancy a trip to France or Italy (especially with planes these days), you’ll be exceedingly satisfied with the shops, restaurants, and hotels that make up the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. Spanning Madison Avenue from 57th […] Read more

Greenwich CT; A Cheap Getaway?

WHY GO: Close your eyes and think of Greenwich, CT.  Are your floaters of the hot pink and Kelly green paisley variety?  Yes, the Lilly Pulitzer pallet still reigns supreme here, but this swanky Connecticut town is so much more than just the center of the Preppy Handbook universe. Known for its hedge fund billionaires, […] Read more

Rochester NY: Kodak, Playthings, and Susan B. Anthony

WHY GO: Though Rochester NY is known best for the Erie Canal, George Eastman – of Eastman-Kodak, and several top Universities, a certain powerhouse in the Women’s Right’s movement lived, worked, and is buried here. Susan B. Anthony was the face of Women’s Suffrage in the USA – and a visit to Rochester will not […] Read more

Hidden Killingworth CT and the Adorably Hip Chatfield Hollow Inn

WHY GO: Not many people outside – and even within – Connecticut have ever heard of Killingworth CT. In a wedge of land equidistant from Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, this rural town is about as “hidden gem” as it gets. Several years ago, there wasn’t much here but farmland and the woodsy […] 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

Seneca Falls and Newark NY: Women’s Rights, It’s A Wonderful Life, and the Erie Canal – all Coming Up Roses

WHY GO: In the mid-1800’s, while America was questioning its ethics and morals vis a vis slavery, women’s rights, and the demon rum, Seneca Falls NY, on a branch of the Erie Canal near Lake Ontario, was drawing Abolitionists, Suffragists, proponents of Temperance, and other agitators to a whirlwind of evangelical fervor so hot, this […] Read more

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