One Moroccan Hotel, Three in NYC’s Garment District

2014-04-16 16.11.29 2014-04-16 16.11.58 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. 2014-04-17 17.33.49


TSA fees set to double July 21

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.


Who owns your favorite hotel?

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.


New York Times cruise section double header

Greenland 566I had a double hit in theAmazon.Sony part 1 099 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 hereGreenland 744Greenland 446Burma 10.12 597Alaska3 008      . Even those allergic to cruising have found something — usually on the left end of the spectrum — appealing. Bon voyage!


Montana’s Big Sky Gets Bigger

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Bison nachos, of course

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 2014-01-03 12.21.372014-01-02 11.18.24National Park and its snow-covered bison and a place where a “grande” is a 24-ounce can of PBR, read all about it here    2014-01-03 13.33.17 2014-01-04 12.21.34.


Gold and Silver Medal Wins from NATJA!

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TBelize 2012 281he 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.

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My story on Burma for Private Clubs was part of a package on Asia that took the silver, too. Thanks, NATJA!Belize 2012 328Belize 2012 453


Midwest surprises: Hipster Milwaukee

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The neighborhood’s landmark Clock Tower

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Dairy’s best use: ice cream

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.

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Dining at Braise

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It’s not Wisconsin without cheese!



Where to go in 2014

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!




Burma story wins a Lowell Thomas, the most prestigious award in travel writing

Burma 10.12 318Burma 10.12 423Last fall, Private Clubs magazine DSC01744asked 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 Burma 10.12 345Writers. 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.

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Take a walk on Sydney’s wild side

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. Australia2013 230Australia2013 253

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