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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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Ten Top Waterfront Hotels in the Northeast

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 4:46 PM


Read this headline and you're most likely thinking "Oceanfront" -- but in this case, the water body can be ocean, lake or even river. These ten hotels and inns in the Northeast US stand out for beauty, design, service and overall ambience. Some,...

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Best 50 Immersive Tours in Northeast USA

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 12:55 PM


Join an archeological dig in process, climb into Air Force 2, throw bales of tea into Boston Harbor, fill your water bottles with famous spring water, pray with the last three Shakers on earth, hunt for ancient sharks teeth and gemstones, watch fish...

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8 Ideal Ways to Romance Your Beloved in New York City

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 2:28 PM


Times Square may be the most recognizable slice of Manhattan, but this travel writer believes that the Southeast corner of Central Park - land of The Pierre Hotel, The Plaza, horse and carriages, Wollman Skating Rink and the Central Park Zoo - embodies...

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Ten Top Small But Surprisingly Posh Inns In the Northeast US

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 10:45 AM


Walk in to any of these B&B's, Inns and Hotels from Vermont to Virginia (yes, admittedly not in the "Northeast" but I include it here) and you'll be astounded by the attention to detail and luxury appointments within. From the three room 1890...

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A Dozen Ways To Get the Most Out of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia

(12) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 12:47 PM

Most visitors come to Zimbabwe's most well-known tourist town to see "The Smoke That Thunders" -- Victoria Falls -- one of the Wonders of the World. But there's so much more to this town and across the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge in...
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Ten Things To Know Before You Go on Photo Safari in Southern Africa

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 11:32 AM


What you need to know before planning that bucket-list trip to Southern Africa's Botswana and Zimbabwe. For in-depth reviews of Seba Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana and Linkwasha Camp in Zimbabwe, consult

1. A photo safari in the...

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50 Unbelievable (but True) Facts and Attractions Entice Curiosity Seekers to These Northeast US Towns

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 2:39 PM


Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and here's proof:

(For more information on each attraction, visit the "Offbeat Northeast" experts at


Rangley, ME: Scientist Wilhelm Reich believed that orgasm, or withholding of such, was the source of all...

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17 Charming Hideaways Far From Crowds in the Northeast USA

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 1:29 PM


Right now, when the world seems to be getting scarier by the day, travelers long for - no, are desperate for - an escape close enough to drive to, but far from the maddening and frightening crowds. Each of these 17 getaways from...

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15 Cool Reasons to Visit Wethersfield, CT

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 2:21 PM


Settled in 1634, back-in-time historic Wethersfield, CT just three miles from Hartford on the Connecticut River, is one of Connecticut's two oldest towns and is in every way a "living history village." Not only is the Wethersfield Historic District the oldest and largest...

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Seven Great 2015 Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Traveler

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 1:44 PM

Do your loved ones adore camping out? Are they fans of hitting the road to wherever, or flying off on a whim? Do they favor playing on the beach with kids, or discovering that hot new, albeit, dimly lit restaurant in the City? These seven new travel tools will help...

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14 Great Things to Do in Southern Delaware

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2015 | 3:45 PM


What do cultured, adventurous, foodie retirees know about the Southern Delaware towns of Dover, Milford and Lewes that the average Northeasterner doesn't? Perhaps that there's so much to do, so many great places to dine, so many ways to access a growing community...

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13 Smashing Attractions in Western Maine's Lake and Forest Region

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 12:23 PM


While coastal Maine is all about sailing, whaling, rugged Atlantic shoreline and lobster of course, the rest of this massive state is largely ignored. OK, the Western region of Maine has always been the darling of the "Sporting" set - those who love...

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11 Things You Didn't Know About Maine's Extreme Northlands But Should

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Have you ever been curious about the part of Maine so removed from the coastline it seems to be in another country: Namely, Canada? Drive North on US Route 1, as far as it goes in the United States, and you'll start to hear more French than English on the...

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Seventeen Best Attractions in Maine's Inland Cities

(4) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 1:48 PM

Let the hordes of sunburned lobster-lovers crawl east along the Maine Coast during the summer. You can beat the crowds and discover the "other" Maine: the gem, mineral, and timber-rich, patriotic factory and college town side of our country's northeastern most state.

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Eighteen Campy and Cool Spots in the White Mountains of New Hampshire: Kitsch Them While You Can

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 6:12 PM


The 800,000-acre White Mountain Region of New Hampshire has been drawing tourists for over 150 years. Though not quite tamed, man has left his mark on these stony hills, making money by highlighting Mother Nature's finest features. And selling fudge. The Cog Railway...

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Top 11 Things to Do in New Hampshire Lakes Region

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 4:52 PM


Summer is winding down, which means only one thing. Fall Foliage season is close at hand. One of my favorite places to revel in the fiery colors of autumn is central New Hampshire's Lake Region: Lake Winnipesaukee (favored by Mitt Romney) and the...

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Top 10 Cool Things to Do in Plucky Manchester NH

(8) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 3:06 PM

What are the odds that three world-renowned comedians -- Adam Sandler, Seth Meyers and Sarah Silverman -- were born and raised in the same New England town? And what does it say about said town, anyway?

It might say that Manchester, NH places value on humor, self-reliance, tenacity and "thinking...

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Aprylle Gilbert: Running Clear Across the USA On Route 6 For A Good Cause

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 5:44 PM


Several years ago, I tackled transcontinental US Route 6, known also as The Grand Army of the Republic Highway. By "tackle" I mean I drove the complete 3,652 miles in the comfort of my own car, purely for the joy and novelty of...

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15 Rockport, MA Traditions (Old and New) That Keep Getting Better

(7) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 6:23 PM

Rockport, MA is a seaport village as imagined by Hollywood. Roads turn into lanes that front a busy lobster-boat filled harbor. Fishing shacks, now art galleries and boutiques, seem precariously placed on waterfront rock walls. Less than an hour North of Boston...
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Shopping Newbury: A Girlfriend Getaway on Boston's Iconic Street

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 2:54 PM

Every year, for 15 years, Sara and I have been meeting for a girlfriend "Shop Newbury Street in Boston" getaway. She drives up from Philly, I tool up from Connecticut, and we spend three days popping into shops and stopping for meals from one end of Newbury to another. Fifteen...

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