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Malerie Yolen-Cohen
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With credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Newsday, Sierra, Paddler and dozens of other publications, East Coast-based freelance travel writer Malerie Yolen-Cohen has been writing about the most exciting and unique places to see, stay and eat in the USA for over 20 years. Now, many of these "finds" can be discovered through her new travel website,, which lets you in on the "Most Offbeat Escapes in the Northeast." In 2011, Malerie turned a cross-country drive into the unique travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3652 Miles of Transcontinental US Route 6 (available through in print and e-version).

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12 Top Picks in Princeton, NJ

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:48 PM


There's so much more to Princeton, NJ and its environs than just the university. Come for a few days, and though your IQ might not rise to the level of former resident Albert Einstein's, you're sure to have great meals and great fun...

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Ten Top Hotels and Inns for Quickie Mini-and-BabyMoons in Northeast USA

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Wedding related stress is behind you (or, if you are with child, will soon be just beginning). Now is the time to take a breath and relax into each other, if only for a night or two. Sometimes it's tough to carve out a whole week or more, not to...

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Philadelphia Mural Arts: The World's Largest Outdoor Art Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:32 PM

In 1984, several overactive graffiti taggers were given the option to either go to jail or take part in a new city beautification initiative. Since then, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has overseen the creation of over 3,800 pieces of art painted on sides of buildings. Of those,...

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The Odd, Magical, Powerful Mojo of Bucks County, PA

(4) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:55 PM

In the late 1980's, while weekending in New Hope, PA, I ducked into the main street door of a tarot card reader on a whim. Most of what she told me is long forgotten. But then she offered to answer my most pressing question.

"Will I ever have children?"...

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Five Hot Food Trends in 2014

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 4:42 PM

At a travel writer, I eat out. A lot. Over the years, I've noticed trends on menus that are baffling (pork-belly, fried chicken, salty sweets), great if done right (Brussels Sprouts, kale) and niche (vegan). This year, I was invited to the International Restaurant and Food Show in...

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Ten Great Reasons to Visit Hartford, CT, Now

(10) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:49 PM


Planning a sightseeing getaway to the State Capital of Connecticut, in what most people consider the Insurance Capital of the U.S., might at first glance seem a bit odd. Yes, there are curiosities here, but seeing them is just one reason...

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U.S. Route 6 Goes Cross-Country? Behind the Scenes of a Cross Country Odyssey

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Several years ago when my youngest son left for college, I decided to leave as well, if only for a month and a half to drive cross-country on the second longest highway in the U.S., Route 6. Also known as the vaguely communist sounding Grand Army of the Republic Highway,...

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New and Improved Hotels Hit the Sweet Spot in Midtown New York City

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 3:04 PM


The slice of New York City from Central Park to Times Square down 7th Avenue, and then up Broadway to Lincoln Center, is undergoing the kind of hotel resurgence not seen in decades. Encompassing Carnegie Hall, The Ed Sullivan Theater -- where David...

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First Time to Peru? 10 Best Things to Do and See

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Photo courtesy of Mark Adams

1.Read Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams for an historic overview of the fabled Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Lima, amusing takes on local characters, and a heavy dose of self-deprecating...

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Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie NY: FDR and Beyond

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 3:56 PM


You've come up to Hyde Park, NY to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site. You've spent the day touring his boyhood home, a bit shocked to see the actual bed on which Sarah Roosevelt gave birth to him, and...

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Philadelphia P.A. -- A City of "Makers"

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Philadelphia's diverse neighborhoods have been the bastion of artisans and craftspeople since their very beginnings. In the early 1700s, immigrants sought their fortunes in the one colony that didn't require a tithe to the Church -- Pennsylvania. By 1740, Philadelphia was the largest city in the colonies -- an engine...

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Baltimore, MD: 10 Patriotic and Peculiar Places You Probably Missed on Your First Visit

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 4:06 PM


Baltimore. It's the city that inspired native-born Barry Levinson (Diner, Rainman) and John Waters (Hairspray), as well as the man who penned "The Star Spangled Banner", Francis Scott Key. We all know about the successful inner harbor redevelopment that brought tourists and condo-dwellers...

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Richmond, Va.: A City of Historical Significance, Emerging Artists and Great Food

(5) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 7:58 AM

The best thing about gritty, sometimes sketchy, disparaged cities is that, for the traveler, they don't put on airs, hike up prices or otherwise become obnoxiously pretentious. Disparaged cities just try harder. And that is a boon to tourists.


If you've been reading...

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Perfect Gifts for Your Favorite Travelers

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 9:04 AM

As a travel writer, and a freelance travel gift guide curator for newspapers and magazines, I try out lots of gear, clothing and accessories. I toss the ungainly, impractical, and downright ugly. I usually eschew expensive labels. I just want something to take along that will keep me warm, keep...

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Springfield, Mass.: Oh, the Places You Don't Know

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:11 AM

Anyone who has ever driven north or south on Interstate 91 through Springfield, Mass. knows that the city is home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. You can't miss the big b'ball that tops a soaring spire near the silver domed museum, which of course draws scores of...

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Hampton Roads, Virginia: Navy, Coast Guard, Enlightenment

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Hampton Roads, Va., is that spit of East Coast USA where rivers empty into the Chesapeake Bay, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. For 400 years, the area that now comprises Virginia Beach, Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News and Williamsburg has been most associated with security, safety and rescue on all...

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Top Ten Things to Do on Virginia's Quiet Eastern Shore

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 4:13 PM

The Eastern Shore of Virginia, the southernmost tail of the sea-ray shaped Delmarva Peninsula that divides the Atlantic Ocean from the Chesapeake Bay, is not often touted in travel guides or in media. But it should be. The Eastern Shore doesn't have the party atmosphere of Virginia Beach to the...

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Ten Best Hotel Room Views (Northeast/East USA Edition)

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 8:00 AM


Sometimes, a hotel is just a place to hang your hat. In other instances, stellar rooms or a charming owner puts it on the map. But the following 10 hotels and inns are particularly notable for what's outside -- the inspiring views from one...

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West Chester, Pa.: The Center of the Televised Shopping Universe and Other Surprises

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 11:21 AM

QVC prides itself on not merely selling products, but building relationships; this multi-national corporation wants customers to love the products, talk about the products, and be 100 percent happy with the products. And if not, to find out why. I'm the first to admit that I'm not a...

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See the Adirondacks Like Your Grandaddy Did (With Better Food and Bedding)

(4) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 1:53 PM


EXPERIENCE: Ausable Chasm. As you squeeze through walls of rock in an inflatable raft on a chute of whitewater, you might experience the nirvana that tourists did back in the '70s -- the 1870s, that is -- when larger wooden boats were...

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