One On One With Malerie Yolen-Cohen
Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Writer, Editor, & Publisher: Getaway Mavens
Name: Malerie Yolen-Cohen
Title: Writer, Editor, & Publisher: Getaway Mavens
Visited: March 24th & 25th of 2015
Photo: Malerie with Avis Renshaw, the Owner of Mom's Apple Pie
Why do you like to travel?
I love to drive, to explore, to meet people I wouldn’t ordinarily meet at home. As a “Road Trip” writer, with a focus on Offbeat Northeast USA, I love experiencing different cultures just a few hours from home. There is so much to see and so much American History to experience from Virginia to Maine, and I love being part of the reason that people want to visit these lesser known destinations.
What were your favorite attractions?
Is there an attraction that you didn’t see that you would like to come back for?
I could have spent more time shopping in Occoquan and in Historic Downtown Manassas.
Which attraction are you most likely to suggest to someone else?
I wrote about the Marine Corps Museum and Weems-Botts as two (of 50) great “immersive tours and experiences in the Northeast” for Huffington Post. Both were surprisingly engaging and informative. Very well done: Weems-Botts for its high level of docent knowledge and the Marine Corps Museum for innovative exhibits. I would also recommend that everyone go to Mom’s Apple Pie. One sample will lead to a purchase for sure!
What time of year do you think is best for visiting?
I don’t think there’s really a best time to visit. Most of the places cited above seem to be open year round. Of course, Spring and Fall are the prettiest times of year, but I don’t think it matters.
What is a fun fact that you learned during your trip?
That each life-like figure throughout the National Museum of the Marine Corps is formed from plaster casts of actual marines.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I loved the variety of things to do in your region: wineries, abandoned granite quarries [located at Manassas National Battlefield Park], Civil War Battlefields – and, of course, historic and military museums. It’s a great place to visit and explore!
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