Viewing: Romantic Getaways

Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford VT

Leave it to the 19-room Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford VT to make log-pine luxurious. The Cedar Glen room, kited out in Adirondack-chic, is an elegant blend of pine and plaid, and one of the most difficult rooms to leave once settled in. But this is not the only reason the Rabbit Hill Inn has been […] 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

Ellicott City MD: Cool and Upcycled Mill Town

UPDATE: Historic Ellicott City experienced yet another devastating flood on 5-27-18 following one on 7-31-16, causing even more damage. Please be aware that the following travel guide was written pre-floods and that some shops and restaurants might not re-open. The Getaway Mavens offer thoughts and prayers to those effected, and hope that this charming town will […] Read More

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 are popping 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

Frederick Inn B&B, Buckeystown MD

OK, so it’s not exactly in downtown Frederick: It’s 4 miles away, in Buckeystown (and in fact, used to be the Inn @ Buckeystown). But it is so worth the 10-minute drive to get here. The exuberant and warm Pat and Kirk Horstman, on a ten- year quest to find the perfect B&B in the […] Read More

Airlie, Warrenton VA: Not Just a Conference Center Anymore

There’s a reason even Virginia residents and astute travelers have never heard of one of the most exquisitely set lodgings in the state. “Airlie?” most say. “Where is that?” Until two years ago, Airlie, a 150-room resort on 300 landscaped acres in Warrenton, Virginia, was strictly a Conference Center. Recently, however, owners decided to upgrade […] Read More

Douro Valley and Northern Portugal in Pictures

WHY GO: The Douro Valley in northern Portugal might not be on the mind of every wine-lover, but the way things are going, it soon will be. Home to some of the best Ports in the world (Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port, 100 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine), and a growing number of acclaimed Reds, the Douro […] Read More

Lisbon and Sintra, Portugal In Pictures

WHY GO: Lisbon Portugal is a hot destination right now – and should be. It’s the closest Mainland Europe city to New York (a 6 1/2 hour flight), colorful, classic and innovative all at once. Mosaic sidewalks, cobblestone streets, terra cotta roofs, tiled buildings – Lisbon is eye-catching no matter which way you look. Here […] Read More

Caldwell House B&B: Salisbury Mills NY

There are shamrocks everywhere in the Caldwell House, a beautiful four-leaf-clover of a Bed and Breakfast in a stately home built in 1803 by a wealthy merchant from Ireland and turned into a B&B in 2000. Indeed, you don’t need to have the luck of the Irish to be assured a superb stay in this historic […] Read More

Long Island City and Astoria, Queens NY: The Other New York City

WHY GO: In the 1970’s Long Island City, a manufacturing hub, descended into drugs and prostitution. It wasn’t until the opening of the 42-story Citylights Building in 1996 (when a one-bedroom condo could be had for $16,000) that this beleaguered section of New York City began to turn around. Now, the borough of Queens is experiencing […] Read More

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