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

Amsterdam-Noord Journal: New Metro Line Spurs Revitalization of Northern Neighborhoods

EYE Film Museum from the IJ  (Maarten-Noordijk-Fotografie-Redactioneel)

by Ron Bernthal Amsterdam is experiencing a population boom these days because of the city’s attraction as an über progressive urban hub in the European knowledge economy. According to the Amsterdam City Council, as many as 150,000 people are expected … Continue reading

Newport Beach Journal: Local Developer Blends SoCal with New England to Achieve a Design and Culinary Gem

The glass-enclosed open kitchen at The Mayors Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen at the  Lido House, a new hotel in Newport Beach, CA (photo Joanna Tricorache)

By Ron Bernthal Located on the site of the old Newport Beach City Hall, on Balboa Peninsula, Lido House is one of southern California’s newest and most modern hotels. Opened in May, 2018, the Orange County hotel property, and its … Continue reading

Review: Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Los Angeles

Bar at Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Los Angeles  (photo Joanna Tricorache)

 By Ron Bernthal I have always liked the Kimpton brand when it comes to urban boutique hotels, and the new Kimpton La Peer Los Angeles property, opened in 2018 in West Hollywood’s Design District, did not disappoint. For this property … Continue reading

Review: DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT, HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

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By Ron Bernthal The view from my 21st floor balcony is nothing short of spectacular. The winter sun rises over the ocean’s horizon with a calming, but shattering brightness. Fishing boats move southward towards Miami, hulls filled with fresh grouper, … Continue reading

Fort Wayne Journal: Downtown revitalization projects bring tourism and new business to Northeast Indiana.

Restored Embassy theatre in Fort Wayne is one of many downtown projects that has revitalized the city's deowntown district.  Photo

  By Ron Bernthal Like many Midwestern cities Fort Wayne, Indiana, was close enough to the rust belt to lose much its industry, and many of the small agricultural communities surrounding Fort Wayne lost family farms, as has happened throughout … Continue reading

SAS FLIGHT REVIEW NEWARK – STOCKHOLM SAS PLUS

Interior A-330 aircraft, SAS Plus cabin.   Photo courtesy SAS

  By Ron Bernthal I arrived at Newark’s terminal B about two hours early for the 5:20 pm daily non-stop flight (SK904) to Stockholm.  Check-in at the SAS counter was fast and efficient using the dedicated SAS Plus (premium economy) … Continue reading

Griffintown Journal: Former Montreal industrial area now a trend-setting neighborhood

Griffintown skyline with older buildings

Above, old warehouse buildings still hover above the industrial landscape of Griffintown, a former industrial neighborhood undergoing revitalization close to downtown Montreal. By Ron Bernthal   About 100 years ago a Montreal neighborhood called Griffintown was the center of the … Continue reading

Flight Review: JetBlue New York JFK – Houston Hobby

JetBlue's T5 Farm on roof of JFK's Terminal 5  (photo JetBlue)

Review by Ron Bernthal During the past few years JetBlue has been rolling out new coach seats, galley relocations and the spacious “Even More Space” seats on all of its 162-passenger A320 aircraft, of which there are 130. All of … Continue reading