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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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Unique And Immersive New Hampshire Driving Tour Brings You to Portsmouth, Concord, Hanover

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 4:17 PM

The Best of Military, Government and Education in the Granite State

Generally, tourists head to New Hampshire for its mountains and lakes. It is the Granite State, after all. But this four or five day mini-escape introduces you to New Hampshire's riches of a different sort: military, government, education, antiquities,...

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Top 12 Hot Spots: Wine-Related and Otherwise in Emerging Finger Lakes, NY

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 3:33 PM


Most of the eleven bodies of water that collectively form the Finger Lakes in upstate New York are long and thin, as if The Wolverine had slashed through a swath of 9,000 square miles with all ten retractable claws plus one. Each has...

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Buffalo, New York: 20 Surprising Reasons Culture Vultures and Foodies Should Visit Now

(45) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Coach bus tours routinely make two stops out in the northwestern region of New York State -- Niagara Falls and the Corning Glass Museum -- avoiding Buffalo, once the wealthiest city in the country with the most innovative architecture, entirely. These grand buildings stood steadfast, having missed out on the...

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12 Great Things to Do in Kennebunkport, Maine (Besides Trying to Catch a Glimpse of George H.W. Bush)

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 5:09 PM


Come to Kennebunk and Kennebunkport (collectively known as "The Kennebunks") and find the Bush family summer home, the freshest New England cuisine, the incredible light, the sea at play against the rocky shore. All that makes Maine Maine is here, but on a...

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Ten Insider Things To Do in Newport, RI

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:44 PM

You've done the Cliff Walk, you've seen the mansions aka "Summer Cottages." You may have even taken a harbor tour. But here's a list of ways to experience Newport RI like a tycoon, a rum smuggler, or America's Cup crew in ways you never could before.

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Seven Top Things to Do In Rehoboth Beach DE Before and After The Crowds Converge

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Rehoboth Beach DE has been on the Mid-Atlantic summer-fun radar since the turn of last century, but with a growing culinary and LGBT scene, it's been expanding its reach.


The award-winning New York based newspaper and magazine writer, Michael Luongo (author...

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Seven Ways to "Meet" the DuPonts in Wilmington DE

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Wilmington DE is a DuPont town. E.I DuPont, founder of what became DuPont Chemical Company, established his business here after fleeing the French Revolution in 1801 with his father, Pierre who, in service to the Court of King Louis XVI faced certain beheading. And while there are now 4,000 DuPont...

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The Best of Downton Abbey Comes to Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware, Through January 4, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:37 PM


"What is a weekend?" the Dowager Countess of Grantham once snarked on that loveliest of English soap operas, Downton Abbey. Dame Maggie Smith may lay claim to all of the great lines, but the winner of the Abbey Aesthetics Award goes to the...

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7 Reasons Red Bank NJ Is One of the Country's Coolest Towns

(27) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:15 AM

Why is Red Bank, NJ such a hot spot? It claims no place in U.S. History. There are no illustrious museums or even major corporations here. Red Bank's first resort hotel, an attempt to draw tourists despite these deficiencies, went belly-up a year after it was built in 1928. So...

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10 Great Things to Do in Atlantic City (That Don't Involve Gambling)

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Atlantic City NJ has been compared to Las Vegas' younger, smaller, less glamorous sister, but Jersey Shore fans are quick to point out one glaring and crucial difference.

Atlantic City has the Ocean. And beaches. Which makes it a much better summer resort than Vegas if you have no gambling...

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Top 15 Insider Things to Do On Martha's Vineyard

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:33 AM

One summer, in the early 1970s, my brother and I were biking from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard when we came upon a very strange sight. Hundreds of people were on the beach, screaming and splashing in the water in an almost comical way. It seemed like mayhem...

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The Unsung But Revolutionary Art Institutions of Massachusetts

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 4:25 PM

As one of the Getaway Mavens, I'm always in pursuit of the most "offbeat" and oddball stuff to be found in the Northeast US. I put out feelers, talk to locals and find the strangest things in the most mundane places. For this post, I focused on the...

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Bristol, R.I.: Sinister Past, Exquisite Present

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:05 PM


It is very possible that the first American Thanksgiving -- you know, the one with the Native Americans -- was held right here in Bristol, RI, a small Narragansett Bay town initially built on riches reaped from the slave trade. But Bristol is...

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12 Top Picks in Princeton, NJ

(4) 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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