Hotel Review: The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine

The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine    (photo courtesy The Press Hotel)

THE PRESS HOTEL 119 EXCHANGE ST. PORTLAND, ME 04101 (877) 890-5641 www.thepresshotel.com Review by Ron Bernthal Like its name implies, this hotel is about the newspaper business — the writers, the headlines, the tools of the trade and the industry … Continue reading

Gloucester Journal: Historic seaport always had atmosphere, scenery and unlimited ocean fishing, now looking for economic boost to combat fishing restrictions.

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By Ron Bernthal Gloucester, Massachusetts was settled in 1623, making it one of the first English settlements in what would become the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and today the town proudly proclaims itself as “America’s First Seaport.” Although this early group … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Former 19th Century Office Building in Boston’s Financial District offers 21st Century Comfort as Design-Driven Deluxe Hotel.

The deluxe Ames Boston Hotel was the former Ames Office Building, the tallest building in Boston when constructed in 1883.  (photo courtesy Ames Boston Hotel)

Review by Ron Bernthal From the Orange Line’s State Street subway station I walked across the street to the Ames Boston Hotel, a 13-story, luxury boutique property that had once been Boston’s tallest skyscraper when it opened as an office … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Westward, Seattle

Communal tables, fresh fish and swaying bright lights feel more like small Greek island than high-tech Seattle  (photo Sarah Flotard)

By Ron Bernthal In 2014 Bon Appétit magazine named Westward one of the best new restaurants in the U.S., but even before I had anything to eat I had reason to love it. Located on the north shore of Seattle’s … Continue reading

The Sinatra Table at Scottsdale’s FnB

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By Ron Bernthal When Emily Milic, co-owner of the newly relocated FnB restaurant in Scottsdale’s Old Town, asked me to remove my coat before going to my table for dinner, “because it was a tight squeeze,” I wasn’t sure what … Continue reading

Swiss Mountain Chalet in Suburban Seattle – Willows Lodge

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by RON BERNTHAL After a drive of a just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle I am in the foothills of the Cascades, in the pleasant suburb of Woodinville. With office parks, affluent private homes, two-story residential complexes, a few large … Continue reading

Vakast Introduces Personalized Concierge Service for Online Vacation Home Rentals

Villa Cristina is a charming 2 bedroom house in Sorrento, Italy, which can be rented for $206 per night

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.— Vakast, an online travel agency with the largest inventory of vacation rentals, has introduced a Concierge program offering 24/7/365 live customer support and assistance for its guests and VIP members worldwide. Billed as a “virtual concierge with … Continue reading

HotelsByDay Introduces Mobile App to Book Intra-Day, Short Hotel Stays in US Cities

HotelsByDay has introduced an app to enable travelers to book short-term, intra-day stays at hotels in New York City and other major cities © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

NEW YORK  – A new travel technology company, HotelsByDay, has launched aiming to facilitate booking flexible, same-day hotel stays in top U.S. markets. The technology provides access via mobile app on I-Phone and Android, and online, to short-term rooms available … Continue reading

Historic Hotels of America™ Launches Romance Super Site, Guide to Getaways, Weddings, Celebrations

Jekyll Island Club, Georgia, a member of Historic Hotels of America which has just launched a super site dedicated to romance © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

WASHINGTON, DC- Looking for a weekend getaway or a romantic vacation or a destination wedding? HistoricHotels.org/Romance is your source for romance inspired travel and heartfelt ideas. Use Historic Hotels of America as your guide to plan a luxury retreat, a … Continue reading

Not Just for Valentine’s Day: From Paris to Prague, Phuket to Palm Beach, Romance is in the Air

Jekyll Island Club, Georgia, an island retreat, is a member of Historic Hotels of America © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Romance, like beauty, is clearly in the mind of the beholder. And while we mark romantic occasions with chocolates, flowers, teddy bears, even jewelry, it is a feeling, an experience, ephemeral and effervescent. Travel evokes that same kind of excited … Continue reading