In Winnipeg, A Skating Rink That Doubles as a Sculpture Park

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 HERE2014-02-05 11.30.47 2014-02-05 15.47.19 2014-02-05 19.24.37 DSC08763) 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.

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.

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!