4 nights in Boston, 4 different boutique hotels

The Lenox Hotel (Credit: The Lenox Hotel)

I left Boston in 2010 under duress, returning to my Rust Belt hometown for family reasons. Since then, I have longed for the Hub’s small-town-big-city feel, its sophisticated dining, its quirky and august museums; its diverse shopping scene, extreme walkability and human-scale buildings. I’ve missed the Public Garden, sailboats on the Charles, Harvard Square, and most […]

Trip to Austin, Texas for SXSW 2015

In the TripIt Lounge at SXSW with Brian Kelly and Lee Abbamonte

Greetings from Los Angeles! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know that my wife and I were just in Austin, Texas for SXSW. The good folks at TripIt (the creators of one of my favorite travel apps) brought us down for a meet and greet with tech and travel enthusiasts. […]

Escape LA: Red Rock Canyon and Trona Pinnacles

Like an another planet: Trona Pinnacles, outside LA

More Escape LA, from Melissa Curtin: 48 hours in Ojai, California With gas prices so low, now is the time to take an LA road trip. If you find yourself needing an escape from the craziness of La-La Land, hop in your car, drive a few hours and spend the day hiking in Red Rock Canyon. […]

Long Layover at MSP? Go to Nearby Mall of America and Save

Nickelodeon Universe in Mall of America

If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, then you know that I recently returned from Bloomington, Minnesota, home of the largest mall in the United States: Mall of America. It was my third time visiting and each time, their 4.2 million square feet of space (and growing) blow my mind. Not only do […]

Escape LA: 48 hours in Ojai, California

View from Meditation Mount

More Escape LA, from Melissa Curtin: Red Rock Canyon and Trona Pinnacles Just an hour away from the City of Angels lies an oasis so not like Los Angeles that, as an Angelino, it only makes sense to head there often for some peace, and to breathe the fresh air deep into your lungs. Ojai, just 12 […]

10 things to do in winter in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom

Wildflower Inn view from Heaven's Bench

For views and charm, The Wildflower Inn is the place to be. Perched on tree-lined Darling Hill Road in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom with expansive views wherever you look, it couldn’t be in a better spot. The Wildflower, run by Jim and Mary O’Reilly for the past 30 years, holds onto the magic and sense of history and […]

5 picks from the emerging restaurant scene in Naples, Florida

Salt at Sea Salt

Naples is part of what’s known as Florida’s Paradise Coast, along with the Everglades and Marco Island on the southwest part of the state. You won’t believe the emerging culinary scene in Naples. There are new restaurants and bars opening everywhere, all led by young, energetic chefs, elevating the Naples dining experience. Here are five of […]

8 takeaways from a kids ski weekend at Camelback Resort in Pennsylvania

My daughter, her friend and I get ready for a run at Camelback Ski Resort in the Poconos, PA

How do you spend a working ski weekend with your 13-year-old? You let her bring along her best friend and take them to Camelback Ski Resort in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains! An easy trip from both Philly (two hours) and NYC (90 minutes) this year-round recreational mountain resort offers 16 lifts and 34 trails to accommodate […]