One On One With Malerie Yolen-Cohen

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?

I loved the Marine Corps Museum, Weems-Botts, the little town of Occoquan and Mom’s Apple Pie.

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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