Summer in Spokane, Washington

Monroe St. Bridge over the Spokane River at sunset. (Credit: Visit Spokane)

My adventure to Spokane, Washington came at the perfect time. The month of July in my beloved hometown of Los Angeles can be overwhelming. The malls and theme parks are flooded with kids on summer break. School’s out, but the freeways are jammed with tourists flocking to the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, I longed […]

Charleston, SC, Part 1: Charleston Gets Top Vote for Best City—Again

Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards issue

This is Part 1 in Dave Zuchowski’s three-part series on Charleston, South Carolina—voted the best city in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the second year in a row. Check out Part 2 here, and tune in for Part 3 next Friday. Lucky Charleston! Maybe make that magnetic, alluring Charleston. The South […]

Summer in Deer Valley, Utah, at the St. Regis

Fly fishing with Jan's Experts

Spending a long summer weekend in Deer Valley, Utah at the St. Regis Deer Valley is a breath of fresh air. Literally! The altitude of 7452′ (also the name of their Bloody Mary!) guarantees the freshest air where the Uinta and Wasatch converge. The 181-room hotel looks like a modern castle nestled in the mountainous […]

7 steps to a wonderful weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Point Lobos State Nature Reserve (Credit: Jen Melo)

Imagine quaint cottages, topped with the terracotta roof tiles as in Europe, lined with lush lawns, pristine landscaping and towering palm trees. And all of this is set to a soothing soundtrack of waves rushing in and flowing out to the Pacific Ocean. “Picturesque” aptly describes Carmel-by-the Sea, an idyllic village in Monterey, California. But […]

April 19-27, 2014 is National Park Week

Grand Teton National Park, as seen from the Grand Teton Lodge Company

Most people know that today is Earth Day, but did you know that this week—April 19-27, 2014—is National Park Week? Well it is, and that means seven more days (it’s more than a week, for some reason) worth of excuses to celebrate the spectacular and one-of-of-a-kind natural beauty packaged as America’s 58 U.S. National Parks. […]

A guide to keeping satiated in Durham, NC

Panini made with fresh, rustic Italian bread and Tuscan kale, ricotta salata, sweet and hot pickled peppers. Best. Sandwich. Ever.

Durham—there’s more to this southern city than Tobacco Road and the fiercest rivalry in the Athletic Coast Conference. While Duke University and the neighboring University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are probably at the forefront of people’s minds when they think of Durham at this time of the year (although neither team stood out […]

10 Reasons to visit the Mall of America

Riding Roller Coasters all by my lonesome

When I was invited to go to Minnesota to attend the ONE Travel Conference in late January I had one thought: “What are they crazy?!” But when the organizers informed me I would be receiving TravMedia’s Travel Journalist of the Year award, it suddenly didn’t seem so crazy—and I quickly accepted as those kinds of […]

Rancho Valencia: A Luxury Retreat in Southern California

Main pool at Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is one of the country’s premier tennis resorts, but that’s clearly not why I’m here. As I lob yet another tennis ball over the tall fence and into the adjoining court, I have no problem admitting that I’m here just for the spa and relaxation. Located about thirty minutes from […]