Category Archives: Cool places to stay

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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Quirky Paris hospital hotel just what the doctor ordered

The last thing you want while running around Paris is to have to check into a hospital. But there’s one that may be worth checking out because it’s home to a quirky hotel in a drop-dead location that won’t cost … Continue reading

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Let’s Paws: Town & country

Da guyz of Asheville, NC: Lola and Fidel, busy at work at downtown Asheville clothing store. Lola is a Boston terrier mix; Fidel, a Havanese. And the menagerie at the Biltmore Estate …

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Asheville, NC: Little bit of the West in the East

Take Boulder or Santa Fe, sub the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains for the Rockies, and what have you got? Asheville, NC. After years of hearing there was something really sensational in North Carolina other than my sister and … Continue reading

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Let’s Paws: Hotel hostess who just might sleep with you

Meet Mai, mascot of the Florida House Inn in¬†Fernandina Beach, Florida. She’s a rescue dog that’s a combo of beagle and Bluetick Coonhound. Named after Isle de Mai, the original name for Amelia Island, coined by a French explorer who … Continue reading

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