Review: Hotel X Toronto

Sunset from pool deck at Hotel X Toronto   (photo Ron Bernthal)

By Ron Bernthal In the middle of January, 2017, as a biting wind off Lake Ontario blew across the 30th-story rooftop of the not-yet-completed Hotel X Toronto, the property’s director of sales at the time, Celso Thompson, and I were … Continue reading

The Travel Corporation, TreadRight Foundation Pledge to ‘Make Travel Matter’

Brett Tollman, chief executive officer of The Travel Corporation, commits the company and its 42 brands, and the TreadRight Foundation to “Make Travel Matter” for the planet, people and wildlife © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

You can run with the Masai, help build a school, see what it feels like to have to carry water barrels on your back; stay in a family’s home in Ecuador; in India, visit an elephant rescue preserve instead of … Continue reading

SoHo NYC Restaurant Review: Piccola Cucina Estiatorio

piccola cucina  exterior

By Ron Bernthal Chef Philip Guardione used to spend his days and nights on Manhattan’s Prince and Spring streets, where his two popular restaurants, Piccola Cucina Enoteca, 184 Prince, opened 2010, and Piccola Cucina Osteria, 196 Spring, opened 2013, attract … Continue reading

Nassau Journal: The Pointe and other projects revitalize Bahamas capital

West Hill Street  umbrellas

Story & Photos by Ron Bernthal The islands of the Bahamas are the closest Caribbean islands to the U.S. mainland, and have long been a favorite winter weekend flight destination for sun-starved Northeastern residents, or for year-round cruise passengers from … Continue reading

The “Mixed-Use” Concept: A View from South Africa

Melrose Arch Smart City, Johannesburg  (Image courtesy AMDEC GROUP)

By Ron Bernthal In urban areas, different types of properties evolve at varying rates. Coffee shops and small eateries might spring up in a gritty area before the appearance of shared work spaces. Studio apartments might be drawing in more … Continue reading

Hotels with Hearth and History

Baron’s Cove in nearby Sag Harbor offers historical cocktails in honor of its impressive literary background. Sip "The Steinbeck” – renamed Jack Rose cocktail was one of John Steinbeck’s favorite libations.

Getting into the mood to celebrate Presidents’ Week? Warm up this winter and cozy up to real wood-burning fireplaces at historic hotels across the country and sip fireside cocktails at Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Benjamin Harrison’s, … Continue reading

N-Y Historical Society Extends Hours to See ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ Before Closes Jan. 27

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” on view at the New-York Historical Society until Jan. 27 is laid out as if you were walking through Hogwarts: Potions, Alchemy, Herbology, Charms, Astronomy, Divination, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Care of Magical Creatures. N-YHS is extending hours to see the exhibit for the final week © Travel Features Syndicate

By Laurie Millman, Travel Features Syndicate With just days to go before closing for good on January 27, New-York Historical Society is extending its evening hours for people to see its blockbuster exhibit, Harry Potter: A History of Magic in … Continue reading

CATALINA ISLAND JOURNAL: Twenty-two miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island struggles to maintain its bison herd.

Avalon Harbor, Santa Catalina Island

  Ron Bernthal Twenty-two miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island is more than just a one-day tourist destination.  It is a stunningly beautiful island for environmentalists, history buffs and – any folks who love the American … Continue reading

Beautiful Destinations, Design-Savvy Accommodations

The Mira, Hong Kong    (photo Design Hotels)

by Ron Bernthal Canary Islands Complemented by lavish mahogany floors and rich, olivewood furnishings, Hotel Bohemia’s Suites & Spa décor gives guests the sensation of being completely enveloped by nature. Stunning sea views provide the setting for aperitifs in the … Continue reading