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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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17 Important Discoveries and Attractions in Western PA That Will Surprise You

(1) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 2:23 PM

If you think of Western Pennsylvania at all, you probably imagine it to be Pittsburgh, and...... nothing else. But you'll find some incredible attractions and surprising stories within a 120-mile radius of that Steel City; north to Butler County and Erie, east to Altoona, and south to the Laurel Highlands....

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Top Ten Movie Locations to Visit in and Around Pittsburgh PA

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:08 PM


Are you a film buff? If so, Pittsburgh PA has the makings of a perfect getaway.

With three rivers, 446 bridges, and a New Yorkish downtown, Pittsburgh makes a compelling backdrop for movies. Known as "Hollywood of the East," this city has been...

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Jersey City, NJ: 10 Reasons NYC Food and Culture Hounds Should Cross the Hudson Now

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Home to Liberty State Park, the iconic Colgate Clock and some of the most anticipated art and culinary projects in the tri-State area, today's Jersey City has shed its industrial identity and now oozes collaborative vibrancy. New Yorkers especially will find it easy to take the Path train just one...

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10 Ways to Determine if Small Ship Cruising Is For You

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 2:23 PM

Small cruise ships do not offer the bedazzled interiors, crazed casinos, Las Vegas productions, pools, climbing walls, multiple restaurants, and spas of much larger ships. If that's what you're into, stop reading now and head to Disney, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and the like.

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9 Unsung but Amazing Attractions in Harrisburg and Carlisle PA

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 12:03 PM


Oftentimes, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania seems like the forgotten, invisible city between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. But it shouldn't be. With one of the country's most magnificent public buildings, a compelling (and interactive) tribute to our enlisted men and women, and a bit of controversial history,...

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15 Fantastic Things to Do in Southwestern Virginia, the Birthplace of Moonshine and Country Music

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Landmarks in Southwest Virginia towns tend to be identified by the reoccurring themes of time-honored country music songs: heartbreak (e.g. Hank Williams was last seen alive at the Burger Bar in Bristol, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons was the site of Johnny Cash's final performance) or reinvention (the Barter...

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Ten Wonderfully Surprising Things to Do and See in Charlottesville and Roanoke: Virginia's Blue Ridge Region

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:29 PM


Driving back roads through the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains can engender visceral feelings of oneness with the earth, of spirituality and tranquility. Most tourists, though, come to see Jefferson's home, Monticello, or coast through on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and don't...

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Ten Top Unique, Spooky and Wacky Things to See and Do in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:31 PM

The Getaway Mavens are at it again, scoping out the most curious spots in the Northeast. Though not as off the wall as, say, Provincetown MA or Coney Island NY, Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has some pretty strange and unique attributes. As usual, consult for more information on...

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 5:17 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 | 4:33 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 | 2:45 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 | 6:09 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 | 3:44 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 | 4:17 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 | 5:34 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 | 6:37 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 | 9:15 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 | 4:32 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 | 12:33 PM

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 | 5:25 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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