Viewing: Romantic Getaways

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

Z New York City Hotel, Long Island City NY

If I ever feel the need to hide out for a few days in a place with the ultimate New York City views right outside my window, this, the Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City, Queens NY, is where you’ll find me. Yes. I said Queens. From this perspective, I can gaze out on iconic Midtown Manhattan […] Read more

Narragansett RI in Winter

WHY GO: Those who believe that New England beach resort towns are dead in the wintertime must visit Narragansett RI – a popular Atlantic Ocean beach community – in the coldest months. For starters, January is the best month for surfing (who knew?), down-filled outerwear is made for brisk strolls on snow-covered sand, favorite restaurants […] Read more

The Break Hotel, Narragansett RI

This winter,  The Break Hotel in Narragansett RI is the perfect refuge for shell-shocked East Coasters who wish to unplug from the crazy campaign hoopla, unruly weather, and crowds. On a side street in a residential neighborhood a couple of blocks from the steely Atlantic Ocean, this beautifully designed 16-room boutique hotel is a respite […] Read more

Upper Bucks County, PA: Hammers, Bells, and Songs to Sing All Over This Land

WHY GO: New Hope and Doylestown seem to get all the glory in Bucks County PA, but there are other cool, praiseworthy spots in both the Upper and north-central regions. “Upper Bucks” is home to several very quirky attractions (hint: handbells and “ringing” rocks), and an inordinate number of antique covered bridges. You’ll be surprised […] Read more

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