In today’s travel section of the New York Times, I review Riad Star, a boutique hotel in Marrakech tucked in Josephine Baker’s former home. In another column, I also survey the growing hotel options in New York’s Garment District. Earlier in the week, I reported on the renovation and relaunch of the historic Shelborne hotel in Miami.
Chicago-area firefighters visit Chef John des Rosiers’s kitchen to heat up their culinary repertoires. Lunch service is winding down at Bank Lane Bistro in suburban Chicago when chef John des Rosiers greets two uniformed firemen who have come, not to inspect the potential hazards of the kitchen’s wood-burning oven and flaming gas range, but to …View full post
Explorers on a mission don’t mind a sweaty hike — especially one over 150-million-year-old soil – if there’s a payoff. It came when our guide, Joe, pointed to a rock face, indicating dinosaur remains visible among the stripy sediment. Suddenly the gray wall became a massive dino bone puzzle to newly trained eyes. “Here’s a …View full post
By Elaine Glusac Chicago is renowned for its neighborhood saloons, Average Joe bars once ubiquitous on residential corners. But Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration aims to stanch local taps, banning new liquor licenses in parts of 42 of the city’s 50 wards — unless the bar serves food. The result: the rise of the “gastro …View full post
Next-generation motor lodges offer high style at not-so-high prices. By Elaine Glusac When business brought Miami-based architect Denio Madera to Palm Springs regularly he gave up staying at his then-favorite resort, the upscale Breakers, and rented an apartment. But since Hotel Biba opened last spring, reclaiming West Palm’s old Mt. Vernon Motor Lodge with splashy …View full post
This week in the New York Times, I cover the protest taking place in LA against the Beverly Hills Hotel. On one side, the protestors say supporting the hotel is supporting its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, who recently adopted Sharia or Islamic criminal law, which includes punishments such as dismemberment and death by stoning for homosexuality and adultery. On the other side, the hotel employees say they are unfairly targeted, and collateral damage in a boycott that belongs at the federal level. Read both sides here.
I had a double hit in the Sunday New York Times travel section, which was devoted to cruises. First up, a full-page look at the top trends in cruising from exotic ports in Papua New Guinea to the concept of slow cruising. Click here to read all about it.
Secondly, I designed a full page flow chart designed to help you choose the right cruise for you. Take the test here . Even those allergic to cruising have found something — usually on the left end of the spectrum — appealing. Bon voyage!
This past Sunday, my story on Big Sky resort in Montana — newly the largest ski area in the US — was published in the New York Times travel section. If you like empty runs, proximity to Yellowstone National Park and its snow-covered bison and a place where a “grande” is a 24-ounce can of PBR, read all about it here .
The North American Travel Journalists Association recently announced their annual contest winners and my story on sailing the Belize barrier reef took first place — gold! — in the family travel category. Check it out by clicking here.
Last fall, Private Clubs magazine asked me to go to Burma (aka Myanmar) to report a story on the rise of tourism there. This week that story won a Lowell Thomas award for travel writing from the Society of American Travel Writers. It’s a fascinating place, and many sources — including a family of Burmese refugees living in Chicago — helped me understand its complexity and its grace. Click HERE to link to the story on line.
Sydney is a city for nature lovers. Yes, it’s got plenty of culture and refinement — witness the iconic Opera House — but it’s also got Outback topography, loads of wildlife and aboriginal sites easily accessible within the metro area. I traveled there in August to report a story on Australia’s new National Landscapes program that highlights Sydney Harbour and its unique wilderness for the New York Times.
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