New & Noteworthy

Projects update: (July, 2016) Cuba is very much in the news these days. I’ve been lucky enough to visit this amazing island nation a handful of times over the last 20 years, but previously it was difficult to find buyers for articles about the country. That’s changed now that relations between our countries are normalizing. I’ve recently returned from Cuba where I wrote about a topic I’ve always wanted to cover — the island’s little-known adventure travel opportunities. The piece was for travel vertical TravelAge West and is a deep dive into the current adventure travel landscape there, examining what’s available and which companies are the top travel outfits running tours. I’ve also just finished writing the full hotel website for Kimpton’s fabulous downtown San Diego hotel, the Palomar San Diego, a swank stunner located in the Gaslamp district.

Eureka Award

It’s always great to get a little recognition for the work you do. Visit California, the Golden State’s visitors bureau, recognized a feature I wrote for the New York Times travel section as the “Best Digital Feature, 2015” and honored me with a Eureka Award. The award is given for excellence in travel writing covering California destinations. For me it was really fitting because the piece I wrote (which ran in both the print newspaper and the online In Transit blog) was about Santa Cruz Island, one of my favorite places in my home state.

Happy Summer 2016!