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At Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, Art is More than a Theme, but a Mission

At Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, Art is More than a Theme, but a Mission

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Philadelphia is like hopping from time-capsule to time-capsule because you go from one authentic site where events happened, where the Founders and builders of this nation actually stood, to another. Come, time-travel with me.…

72 Hours in Philadelphia: A Visit to the National Constitution Center Exposes Contradictions in ‘We the People’

72 Hours in Philadelphia: A Visit to the National Constitution Center Exposes Contradictions in ‘We the People’

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com There is a cold, institutional feel to the National Constitution Center – as if you fell into a law book. And oddly, even though this place more than any other, recognizes the impact of…

72 Hours In Philadelphia: Meet Betsy Ross: A Thoroughly Modern Woman

72 Hours In Philadelphia: Meet Betsy Ross: A Thoroughly Modern Woman

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com My third day of my deep-dive into Revolutionary War America in Philadelphia is devoted to exploring key figures and sites that I have never visited before: Benjamin Franklin Museum, the Betsy Ross House and…

72 Hours in Philadelphia: Ben Franklin, America’s Revolutionary ‘Elder Statesman,’ Would Have been Quite at Home in 21st Century

72 Hours in Philadelphia: Ben Franklin, America’s Revolutionary ‘Elder Statesman,’ Would Have been Quite at Home in 21st Century

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com My third day of my deep-dive into Revolutionary War America in Philadelphia is devoted to exploring key figures and sites that I have never visited before: Benjamin Franklin Museum, the Betsy Ross House and…

Philadelphia’s New Museum Immerses You into Drama of America’s Revolutionary War

Philadelphia’s New Museum Immerses You into Drama of America’s Revolutionary War

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com I used the opening of the brand new Museum of the American Revolution as the theme for my three-day visit to Philadelphia – a really deep dive probe of the Revolutionary War era, a…

Killington, ‘Beast of the East,’ is Roaring into 2018 With Powder Snow

Killington, ‘Beast of the East,’ is Roaring into 2018 With Powder Snow

By Karen Rubin, Dave E. Leiberman & Laini Miranda Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   Whoa, what a Christmas present: December has been very kind to Killington which already had a decent base when we arrived just before Christmas, then had nearly…

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Hiking the Hudson River School Art Trail

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Hiking the Hudson River School Art Trail

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com My three-day fall getaway in the Great Northern Catskills exploring the Hudson River School Art Trail starts before I even arrive at the historic Fairlawn Inn, in Hunter, NY. Taking advantage of the time…

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…

Saratoga Springs, Age-Old Mecca for Horse Racing, Gets Better with Age

Saratoga Springs, Age-Old Mecca for Horse Racing, Gets Better with Age

    By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   Tucked just above Albany, New York, small-town Saratoga Springs’ fortunes have been tied to tourism since forever. Its mineral springs has been drawing visitors since the 14th century, when Native Americans…

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