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Hawley PA to Carbondale PA: 20 Miles on US Route 6 PA

WHY GO: Formerly a coal mining region, and base for fracking, this 20 mile stretch of US Route 6 in Pennsylvania between the recreational town of Hawley and the industrial city of Scranton features an intimate glass museum, a small Brooklynized ‘burg once so precious it was the inspiration for a famous Christmas song, and […] Read more

Boston Park Plaza, Boston MA: Back Bay Beauty Once Again

Built in 1927 as the Statler Hotel, the newly renovated Boston Park Plaza stands on Arlington Ave. a block from Boston Common and the Public Gardens, and two blocks from the top of famous Newbury St. Over the years, the Park Plaza has welcomed US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, and Hollywood celebrities. But, as with any […] Read more

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono PA: From Kitsch to Luxury

Now known as Mount Airy Casino and Resort in Mount Pocono PA, people of a certain demographic (Boomers, especially) will recall the earworm of a jingle from its previous life: “All you have to bring is your love of everything…Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge.” The Lodge, in courting newlyweds in the 60’s and 70’s with lots […] 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

Portland Harbor Hotel, Portland ME: Chic Digs in Foodie Town

The Portland Harbor Hotel, a newly renovated luxury lodging in the center of the artsy, foodie, cobblestone old port town of Portland ME, has been drawing celebrities and people who eschew franchise overnight accommodations since way before Portland was a crazy-trendy destination.  As Portland has grown in culinary prominence, attracting more and more tourists, a […] Read more

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton NY: Overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway

Though you have other options, you’ll want to book a river-view room with a balcony at the only upscale hotel right on the waterfront in the Thousand Islands (and the only 4-Diamond hotel in the region), the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton NY. The show outside your window changes throughout the day, but sunrise […] Read more

Best Hotel Booking Site: Compare Top Search Engines

When the first hotel booking site appeared on the web, it was a godsend. Suddenly, you could look up rates, availability, reviews AND book reservations all in one place. But now that online travel planning is a given, we expect more. The best search engines not only offer the lowest price but also a variety […] Read more

Sayre Mansion, Bethlehem PA: Stay In Steel Baron Splendor

In 1858, prominent philanthropist Robert Sayre, chief engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, a director of Bethlehem Steel, and trustee of both St. Lukes Hospital and Lehigh University, built his Gothic Revival stone mansion high on a hill overlooking his gritty enterprises. First Impressions of Sayre Mansion Turned into a boutique inn in the 1990’s, […] Read more

Groton Inn and Forge & Vine Restaurant, Groton MA

If you had to be holed up somewhere, you’d be lucky to find yourself at the charming Groton Inn in the small pastoral boarding school burg of Groton MA. A Colonial-style roadside lodging, this brand new iteration stands on the footprint of what had been one of the oldest inns in America with the same […] Read more

Inn At Hastings Park, Lexington MA: Patriotic Luxury

The Patriot’s Day Parade, commemorating the first armed conflict of America’s Revolutionary War, ends right outside the door of the stellar Inn At Hastings Park, and guests have a front row seat to the proceedings from its wraparound porch. Lexington’s Town Green – where the fighting began, is a five-minute walk away. There are only […] Read more

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