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Mad Men-Inspired Mad Vacations

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If you’re already camped out in front of your television with your popcorn waiting for Season 6 of Mad Men, which has its premiere Sunday, you’re a diehard fan.

Mad Men has inspired all sorts of pop culture phenomena, including a resurgence of period vintage décor and clothing.

It’s also inspired an interest in everything “Mad”— that is, in seeking places to visit on vacation that has connections to the show or mid-century architecture.

Here's a list of great Mad Men-inspired vacations for your Television Tourism getaway:

1. Connecticut: As you might recall, last season Pete and Trudy moved to the Connecticut suburbs. There are approximately 90 architect-designed mid-20th century modern homes in New Canaan, Conn. One of the most historical is The Philip Johnson Glass House. The pastoral 49-acre landscape, open to public tours, is made up of 14 structures, including The Glass House and a permanent collection of 20th century paintings and sculptures. The Glass House provides a tour of the property and other modern homes in the area. After touring, visit the Elm Restaurant for a signature Mad Men cocktail, The Lucky Strike. Stay at 116 Crown in New Haven for more Modern architecture.

2. Palm Springs, Calif.: This city boasts one of the largest concentrations of midcentury modern architecture in the country. Pick up a map of midcentury modern landmarks at the Palm Springs Official Visitor Center, which was once the Tramway Gas Station designed by Albert Frey and Robson Chambers. Architecture tours are offered year-round, and the city even has a week dedicated to Modernism. Stay in Frank Sinatra’s midcentury home or the Orbit In.

3. Lakeland, Fla.: Vacationers who want the full experience can take a four-hour Amtrak ride direct from Miami and be dropped right in historic downtown Lakeland, where they can shop at vintage 1960s dress and suits shops, take in an old movie at the Polk Theatre or order a malt at the old-fashioned soda fountain. The cherry on this trip is the tour of the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. Stay at The Terrace Hotel.

4. Hotel Deluxe, Portland, Ore.: Perfect for aspiring Don Drapers, the Retro Cocktail Getaway includes a hands-on class in the Mad Men-era cocktail bar, the Driftwood Room, during which expert bartenders will share the secrets to creating a great cocktail. Package guests also enjoy luxurious accommodations and get a $25 food and drink credit for room service, the Driftwood Room or Gracie’s.

5. The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii: Thanks to the increase in air travel, Hawaii was the perfect midcentury getaway, and we’re told it’s rumored that part of the premiere for Season 6 of Mad Men was filmed at The Royal Hawaiian. While there, you can be a real beach boy or girl and learn to surf, get shaved ice on the North Shore, eat in Chinatown or enjoy the only oceanfront luau on Oahu at the Royal Hawaiian with Aha'aina.

6. The Waldorf Astoria, New York, N.Y.: The Waldorf Astoria in New York played a role in Season 4 of the show as Don Draper worked with Conrad Hilton. The hotel is a landmark Art Deco masterpiece and a great Mad Men experience with its timeless cosmopolitan atmosphere. The hotel has always held the aura as the epicenter of NYC's social, cultural and political scene, especially in the midcentury.

7. Hotel Fredonia, Nacogdoches, Texas: Hotel Fredonia was built in 1955, taking guests back to the days of simple elegance, chivalry and Frank Sinatra. The black baby grand piano and the crimson red shoeshine chair add to a feeling that rekindles the era. While in Nacogdoches, shop one of the many vintage shops and visit the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Texas’s largest azalea garden, which is in a Loblolly Pine forest.

8. Hotel Helix in Washington, D.C.: The hotel is very mod, with vintage '60s decor and bright pop art. Hotel Helix is offering a Mad About Washington package that includes deluxe accommodations in the Helix Suite, two cocktails at the adjacent Helix Lounge (how about an Old Fashioned?), complimentary shoeshine and overnight dry cleaning to stay spiffy the next day. The minibar even has vintage treats including Pop Rocks, Pez and wax red lips.

9. The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.: This classic resort celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and boasts signature midcentury décor originally designed by Dorothy Draper and maintained by her protégé Carleton Varney, who is still the resort's design curator. The Greenbrier was actually referred to in a scene from Season 5, Episode 12, of Mad Men, in which Lane Pryce discusses a trip to the resort.

10. Ossining, N.Y.: In seasons 1-3 of Mad Men, Ossining, N.Y., was home to lead character Don Draper and his family. It remained the home of his ex-wife, Betty, and their children through much of Season 4. This year happens to be Ossining's Bicentennial Celebration, which kicked off April 2 with events running all year, including a special Mad Men Places Tour on Sept. 14, historic themed village tours throughout the summer and free concerts by the river. The Mad Men Places Tour covers the real and fictional Ossining locations in the TV program. Stay at the nearby Tarrytown House Estate.

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