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Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Just over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site (#1 on the Hudson River School Art Trail), you see this grand mansion perched on the hillside, poking out from…

3-Day Fall Getaway in the Catskills: Fairlawn Inn is Superb Hub for Exploring the Hudson River Valley

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Two hundred years ago, Thomas Cole, the father of the Hudson River School art movement, sailed up the Hudson River to the Catskills and was smitten by the landscape, by the natural world, by…

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com I must admit to relishing my stay in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood, where I am staying at Mansions on Fifth, two mansion homes originally built in the early 1900s by Willis F. McCook, a prosperous…

Alan Gilbert, in His Final Season Leading NY Philharmonic, Conducts Big Hug-and-Kiss to New Yorkers in Free Parks Concerts

  By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   This year’s New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – its 52nd summer – provided a way to say farewell to Music Director Alan Gilbert. The series, presented for the past 11…

San Francisco Goes All Out With Special Events, Exhibitions Marking 50th Anniversary of Summer of Love

San Francisco Goes All Out With Special Events, Exhibitions Marking 50th Anniversary of Summer of Love

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com  Wes Leslie’s Wild San Francisco Summer of Love Musical Walking Tour finishes only a couple of blocks down from the entrance to Golden Gate Park (see story), which played such a role in the…