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 .
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
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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USAToday.com just launched a new foodie travel channel on it’s website, and I wrote about what I know best: how to eat and drink your way through Chicago. Check it out:
My latest blog post for the New York Times is up at http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/skiing-the-next-generation/
Catch it in the Sunday October 6 travel section too. Then you’ll know where to take the kids skiing this winter. The story covers new amenities, programs and trails for families at Colorado ski resorts.
My latest feature in the New York Times travel section covers new hotels — from Lima boutiques to Costa Rica hideaways — in Latin America. Be inspired here.
Latin America Lodging, From Panama to Peru
One of the 16 villas at Nayara Springs, scheduled to open in Costa Rica in December.
By ELAINE GLUSAC
Published: September 10, 2013
Grande dame rehabs. Art-focused urban boutiques. Rain-forest hideaways. There’s no pattern to be found in the latest hotels in Latin America. But the offerings reveal one trend: the broad appeal of the region.
The New York Times travel section just published its annual Where To Go issue including 46 wanderlust-inducing destinations. I wrote #s 29 (Puerto Rico) and 37 (Charlevoix) and hope to get to #12 (Montenegro) and #19 (Kimberley) this year.