Viewing: Road Trips

Best Drive on the Connecticut Coast

A version of this article was published in National Geographic Traveler April 2011. For more on these towns and many others in the Northeast USA from Virginia to Maine, consult the GetawayMavens.com. BOAT OFF SMITH NECK RD. OLD LYME CT When Ayn Rand needed to research The Fountainhead, when Katherine Hepburn yearned to escape the […] Read More

A Dozen Things You Should Know About Transcontinental US Route 6 (No, Not 66!)

1. At 3,205 miles, Historic US Route 6 – also known as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway – is the second longest route in the United States, and from 1937-1964, stretching 3652 miles, it was the longest federal highway in the US. It remains the longest contiguous federal road in America. 2. Route […] Read More

Article in NY Times Confirms That Boomers “Drive” American Road Trips

According to THIS ARTICLE by Stephanie Rosenbloom in Sunday Feb. 25th New York Times, “If ever there was any doubt about the state of the American road trip, the latest research seems to squash it, finding that more travelers are driving hundreds of miles to explore ​unfamiliar ​places, even if they have only four or five […] Read More

Chester, CT to Haddam, CT – Charming Towns Just Six Miles Apart on the Connecticut River

WHY GO: Performing, fine and culinary artists, as well as clothing and building designers, have been drawn to the mesmerizing Connecticut River for centuries, and after indulging in this Getaway – to Chester, Haddam and East Haddam –  you’ll see why. Some of the best artists and chefs in the region create in local kitchens […] 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

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

Franklin County PA: Mercersburg, Chambersburg and Greencastle

WHY GO: Franklin County PA, in the middle of Pennsylvania on its Southern border, was once our country’s “frontier.” In many ways, it still is, as not much has changed, landscape-wise, since our country’s founding. But, of course the Getaway Mavens turn up some pretty impressive reasons to visit: learning about and sampling the hamburger […] Read More

Washington County MD: Hagerstown, Antietam, Nora Roberts, Sophisticated Wine, and Art

WHY GO: It’s rare that an Eastern State has more than two National Parks, but Washington County MD, just one county on the PA border, has five: Antietam Civil War Battlefield, part of the Appalachian Trail, the longest stretch of the C&O Canal, a good deal of Harper’s Ferry NP, and the Potomac National Scenic […] Read More

Caroline County MD: Towns of Preston and Denton With Fancy Food And Fine Furnishings

WHY GO: The Harriet Tubman story continues up into Caroline County MD, but though a powerful draw, that’s not the only reason to come and stay a few days. There are some surprisingly sophisticated restaurants and inns, funky and cool local-arts and craft stores, and a Specialty High School for the Culinary Arts in tiny […] Read More

Dorchester County MD: Cambridge, Harriet Tubman, and Big Time Birding

WHY GO: This is the time to ponder the historic significance of Harriett Tubman, a small woman of large stature, born into slavery in 1822, who in 2020, will grace the new US $20 bill. So what better place to do this than in Dorchester County MD, the place of Tubman’s birth, from which she made […] Read More

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