Welcome, sub-freezing temperatures! Canadians once again prove they know how to not just endure winter, but enjoy it. My latest piece in the New York Times (click HERE ) covers the Red River Mutual Trail in Winnipeg, a ribbon-like skating trail on the city’s two intersecting rivers and the annual architectural competition to create warming huts along them. The result is a serial sculpture park where you skate between installations.
Travelers, you have your marching orders for the new year! The New York Times just released its “52 Places To Go in 2015,” to which I contributed four: Yellowstone National Park; Manchester, England; San Antonio; and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Hope to get to the latter sooner – given the sub-zeros here – rather than later.
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.
Covered this in the New York Times’ In Transit travel blog today: TSA fees going up later this month. Buy now to save. Here’s the LINK.
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.
I like my hipster ‘hoods to be grounded, with great people passionate about food, community and design. Milwaukee’s
Walker’s Point is all that and more. Take the tour via my latest story for the New York Times travel section here.
Happy new year! The New York Times’ annual list of places to go in the new year — 52 in 2014 — is just out. I contributed five of those: Scotland, the Mekong River, Andermatt in Switzerland, Atlanta and Indianapolis. Five down, 47 to go…
Read the full story here. Bon voyage!