Category Archives: Cool places to stay

Cool place to stay: Where B&B means bed and beer

If you know anything about me, it’s that chocolate is my vice. Everything I learned about beer was gleaned while living in Australia, where they take their brew very seriously. I could never keep up. It’s a safe bet even … Continue reading

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Ultimate cool place to stay: an art gallery

It’s not quite a night at the museum, but it may be the closest thing: spending the night in an art gallery. You don’t need to be a celebrity or performance artist. There are a¬†couple venues out there (and many … Continue reading

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Who I’m sleeping with tonight

Meet Konica, proprietress of an art gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s my digs for the next couple days while I continue The Great Condo Search. One of the neatest lodging experiences I’ve ever had. Back with the scoop (as … Continue reading

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Miami: A farm where Woodstock meets Crate and Barrel

It’s an urban oasis that very easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. And who would? This cracked gem in a¬†tarnished setting in Miami is overshadowed by glittery neighborhoods like South Beach, Coconut Grove and Aventura. Where everyone … Continue reading

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Eastern & Oriental Express: It’s a tough life

Last I mentioned the Eastern & Oriental Express, I was just about to board the train. And worried that my darling little pillbox hat would be on the ground in a crumpled heap before I ever made it to my … Continue reading

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Asia Chronicles: Managing to stay out of trouble in Singapore

I’m not trying to be funny. Everything I knew about Singapore — the jumping off point for my recent adventure aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express — was what everyone else seemed to know, too. That American kid who was … Continue reading

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Hotels: How to tell if they’re really gay friendly

A new website might offer some insights. A site put together by an organization known as Worldwide Rainbow Hotels helps LGBT consumers find and book hotels that genuinely understand their travel needs — and budgets. How do they define genuine? … Continue reading

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Weird hotels? Generally not my cup of tea

I don’t usually go for best and worst lists in general, especially when it comes to hotels. My feeling is, go for lodging that complements the location. Meaning, not sure I’d go somewhere just to stay in a place, unless … Continue reading

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You’ll want to be in solitary in this Boston jail

So I saw the mayors of NYC and Boston put a little twist on this year’s Super Bowl bet. They decided to plug their cities by giving some lucky folks an all-expense-paid trip to the losing city. The winners are … Continue reading

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On safari: Monkey see, monkey try to take, my underwear

For me, working at the Travel Channel was like giving candy to a baby. I was there at the beginning: pre-Bourdain, when it was based in New York; Arthur Frommer was the big deal; and some obscure guy named Matt … Continue reading

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