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Waterfront homes: A secluded vacation home on a Chesapeake tributary

wf_chesapeakeWhen Arthur and Noelle Imparato gave their 1920 vacation home on Maryland’s Little Choptank River a makeover, they kept its vintage cottage look while upgrading the decor, windows, doors, appliances and climate-control system. The couple fell in love with the secluded year-round property in 2001 when they returned to the East Coast after retiring from jobs in Hollywood. (She was a film editor, he a talent manager.)

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Seascapes: On board Fall River Line Steamer Priscilla

Muller-PriscillaThe glittering steam ferry Pilgrim lights up a tranquil evening on Long Island Sound in William Muller’s oil-on-canvas On Board Fall River Line Steamer Priscilla. Priscilla, the 440-foot queen of the line, was the grandest of the “floating palaces” running up and down the sound, connecting New York and Boston during the steamers’ 19th century heyday.

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40 years of a wild idea

wooden_boatFor years I’d wanted to make the trek to the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. So as I squeezed my Mini rental into a tiny spot between the cars crammed on both sides of the sloped road into town, I felt ready. Port Townsend Bay spread like a sparkling welcome mat before the brick Victorian seaport below, and the snow-capped Cascade range rose from the far horizon.

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Waterfront homes: This Maine home is ‘like being on a boat’

wf_maine2Gary and Mary MacDougal have summered on the Skillings River in Lamoine, Maine, since 1993. “Our home has a lodge-y feel that I like,” Mary says.

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Seascapes: Coronet Around Cape Horn, 1888

seascapes_kramerCape Horn, looming in the background of this dramatic work by Russ Kramer, is one of the most dangerous places on Earth to sail. In 1888, without electronic navigation equipment or radio communications, it was even more so.

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