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Welcome to my travel and discovery site! I’m a veteran freelance journalist and author located in the greater Chicago area. My bylines have appeared in dozens of national, regional, consumer, trade, corporate, association and collegiate publications. In addition to travel, my portfolio covers homes, architecture and fashion. Here are links to some of my travel pieces:

Hand-crafted spirits are all the rage these days–what intrigues me is they all have fascinating back-stories. Franklin County Distilleries in Boones Mill, VA, is the first legal distillery in the county since Prohibition Days. And the Old Sugar Distillery in Madison, WI, draws on the area’s history as a sugar beet producer for its inspiration. I contributed my picks to this story in RealFoodTraveler.com.

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White Label Corn Whiskey is the signature spirit at Franklin County Distilleries in Boons Mill, VA. FCD is the first legal distillery in the county since Prohibition.

 

Waterparks are for kids, right? That’s what I thought before I was invited to spend a couple of days by myself at Schlitterbahn Parks and Resorts in New Braunfels, Texas. What fun! It’s a great destination for girlfriend getaways, bachelor parties and romantic interludes. Here’s my story in WatchBoom.com, and a photo of me trying out the Boogie Bahn for the first time:

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Ann Arbor is not just about Big 10 football. It’s a prime destination for foodies, too. In this Midwestern city, home to the University of Michigan, you’ll find a mix of international flavors seasoned with a strong farm-to-table ideology. Add to that a retinue of artisanal producers, quirky food trucks and dog-loving sidewalk cafes. And cherries. Lots of cherries. Read my story in RealFoodTraver.com here.

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The seafood platter at Mikette, a “French-ish” bistro and bar in Ann Arbor, MI.

 

The Roger Blough wasn’t due for an hour, but spectators had already gathered at the observation platform in Soo Locks Park. They came to watch the 858-foot freighter pass through a lock, thereby avoiding the fierce rapids and steep drop-off on the St. Mary’s River. The river links Lake Huron on the east and Lake Superior on the west in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It’s the primary waterway for shipping cargo between the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean.

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The amber hue of Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is caused by tree tanins.

 

 

As Mexico’s third-largest metropolis, Monterrey (with two r’s) has long been a global business destination. But it is quickly growing in popularity with pleasure travelers as well.

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View from the top of Horno3

 

 

The Amazon River basin is a tropical wilderness that is pretty much unchanged from when European explorers discovered it nearly 500 years ago.

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Our riverboat home, “La Estrella Amazonica,” is a stately 31-passenger vessel with white-tablecloth dining and teak parquet floors.

 

 

  • DESERT SPAS, CHICAGO LIFE 10/16/2016

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The Sonoran Desert beckons with promises of endless sunshine, towering saguaro cacti and fuchsia sunsets. The area also boasts one of the highest concentrations of resort and day spas in the country.

 

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Couples treatment room at Aji Spa at Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort, Chandler AZ

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Warm, spiced gluhwein at the German Christmas markets is sure to shake the winter chill.

 

 

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The grand lobby at the historic French Lick Springs Hotel in Indiana

 

 

Whale sharks are gentle giants--and mostly vegan. Photo by Cancun CVB

Whale sharks are gentle giants–and mostly vegan. Photo by Cancun CVB

 

  • KOHLER’S WISCONSIN RESORT PROVIDES RENOVATION INSPIRATION, CHICAGO TRIBUNE 3/3/2015

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The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, integrates luxury, leisure and design inspiration.

The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, integrates luxury, leisure and design inspiration.

 

  •  HolidayMag.co.uk, 11/21/2014

http://www.holidaymag.co.uk/nizuc-resort-can.html

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Reflection pool at sunset, Nizuc Resort and Spa

Ocean Suite at Nizuc Resort and Spa, Cancun

Ocean Suite at Nizuc Resort and Spa, Cancun

 

  •  ADULTS-ONLY SPOTS IN CANCUN, WINDY CITY MEDIA GROUP  12/17/2014

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Playa Delfines, Cancun, has an adults-only beach.

Playa Delfines, Cancun, has an adults-only beach.

 

 

  • CANCUN RESORT HITS THE PLEASURE SPOT, WINDY CITY MEDIA GROUP 1/7/2014

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Oasis Sens lobby at night

Oasis Sens lobby at night

Oasis Sens, Cancun, caters to LGBTQ guests.

Oasis Sens, Cancun, caters to LGBTQ

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