Viewing: Romantic Getaways

Alexandria VA: Making Life Happy for Dogs, Presidents, and Visitors Alike

WHY GO: If dogs had a Travel Bucket List, Alexandria VA would certainly be among the Top Five Towns For a Tail-Wagging Good Time. Right across the Potomac River from Washington DC, Old Town Alexandria – a boutique-studded favorite of Presidents and common folk since Colonial days – is the perfect quiet alternative to bedding down in […] Read more

Nyack NY: Artsy Town In the (Edward) Hopper

WHY GO: Nyack NY, hometown of American artist, Edward Hopper, is also the perfect vantage point from which to watch the progress of the midst-of-construction “New NY” Bridge that will replace the getting-dangerous-by-the-day Tappan Zee. Nyack has long been known as a haven for artists, with cool shops and restaurants, but the recent addition of […] Read more

Searsport and Islesboro ME: Sea Captains and Islanders

WHY GO: In Searsport ME and on the island of Islesboro, it’s all about ship’s Captains and Islanders – a Mid-Coast Maine that’s far from the maddening crowds. From Searsport, it’s about 20 miles (South) to Lincolnville, where you’ll catch the ferry to lost-in-time Islesboro.  In Searsport, explore great exhibits in the absorbing Penobscot Marine Museum complex, […] Read more

250 Main, A Boutique Hotel: Rockland ME

Ever since it opened in May 2016, 250 Main has won raves from guests, and it’s no wonder. Like any great boutique hotel, design elements are not only pleasing to the eye, but to the body and heart as well. The hotel’s owners, Cabot and Heidi Lyman, who also own Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, employed workers […] 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

Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg ME: Last of a Vanishing Breed

So many of these “family resorts” on the Maine Coast have floundered or faded, but not Sebasco Harbor Resort, which has managed to maintain a multi-generational, friendly, laid-back, ice cream days, rec-center-nights vibe while keeping up the standards of its rustic-chic lodging – some rooms even considered luxurious. There’s a 9-hole oceanfront golf course (the […] Read more

Four Columns Inn, Newfane VT

The Four Columns Inn, an iconic, whitewashed 16-room luxe “Country Inn,” a dozen miles from Brattleboro in the classic whitewashed New England town of Newfane VT, was shuttered in 2013 and reopened, afresh, in mid 2015. Once enchanting enough for the likes of Mick Jagger (who stayed over for his 40th birthday), it had fallen off its […] Read more

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

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