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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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Seven Great 2015 Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Traveler

(0) 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

(9) 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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15 Secret (and Not-So-Secret) Spots In Connecticut's Northwest Corner

(7) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 12:58 PM


Who knew that Connecticut had a Lake District? Contoured by lush green hills and small bodies of water perfect for paddling, the Northwest area of Connecticut, in and around the Litchfield Hills, is called "The Secret Corner" (as opposed to the Northeast section...

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Top 16 Things to Do In Unsung Waterfront Southern Maryland

(8) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 6:55 PM

Both Calvert County and St. Mary's County in Southern Maryland are bounded by water. The Patuxent and Potomac Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay have been vital to the region's economy since John Smith logged his travels here in the early 1600s. And...
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21 Eye-Opening and Offbeat Things to Do in Vermont

(33) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 3:24 PM


Though most identified with maple syrup and green mountains, the New England state of Vermont also gave rise to the spirit of land conservation, the Morgan Horse, and a slew of other surprising world-renowned institutions and people -including Robert Frost and Grandma Moses....

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A Dozen Cool and Classic Ways to Best Experience the Northern Catskills NY

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 8:34 PM


The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, the lesser-traveled portion of the Catskill Mountains, is being re-imagined as New York's extreme adventure park a mere two hours from Manhattan. But, in reality, this has been America's Playland for over 200 years. In the...

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Baseball, Baths and Boats: Top Twenty Things to Do in New York State's Famed Resort Towns

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 4:09 PM


Cooperstown, Saratoga Springs, Lake George -- these New York State mountain and lake towns were deep breaths of fresh air to our forebears who built grand resorts to escape the city heat. Each successive generation continues the tradition -- in some cases improving...

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10 Great Secret Spots In (And Around) Boston, MA

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 1:56 PM


You've done the Freedom Trail, you've gone to the museums, now discover what some Bostonians don't even know about their own city. Here are ten secret spots. How many are you familiar with? Want a bit more? The Getaway Mavens take...

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Great Things to Do in the Hudson River Valley NY

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 6:00 PM


Drive 100 miles from New York City, straight up the Hudson River, and you'll find a trio of towns with very different personalities. Rhinebeck has been a tourist town since the mid 1700's, when it was a stage stop between New York City...

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Ten Offbeat Reasons To Make Scranton, PA Your Next Mini-Escape

(23) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 12:42 PM

You'd be forgiven if Scranton PA doesn't spring to mind as a vacation destination. But let's take a second look, ok?

This Anthracite-rich, coal-mining, railroading town was both lauded and ridiculed by Steve Carrell, Rainn Wilson and the rest of the cast of The Office, when they toiled in the...

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Eleven Reasons to Visit New And Renewed Bucks County PA

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 2:13 PM

The mid-1900's were boom times for Bucks County PA. The Bucks County Playhouse sent actors, the likes of Grace Kelly and Robert Redford, to Broadway and Hollywood. Theater hotshots, priced out of the Hamptons, were buying "gentleman's farms" and mansions on achingly beautiful country roads. And tourists came to beat...

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