Best New Hotels & Restaurants in Tel Aviv

By Ron Bernthal Israel has 3,000 years of history, warm and sunny weather for most of the year, and a trendy culinary scene —  but never enough hotel rooms for its increasing number of business and leisure visitors (over four … Continue reading

REVIEW: JW MARRIOTT EDMONTON ICE DISTRICT HOTEL

By Ron Bernthal On August 1, 2019, when Marriott International announced the opening of the highly anticipated 346-room JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District Hotel & Residences, in the heart of the city, it was almost 80 degrees downtown, so why … Continue reading

Review: Hotel X Toronto

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

SoHo NYC Restaurant Review: Piccola Cucina Estiatorio

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

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

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

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.

  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

Review: DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT, HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

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.

By Ron Bernthal Update:   The post below was originally published in 2017.  Fort Wayne’s huge Electric Works project is still an ongoing restoration development, although much progress has been made since my visit in 2017.  Project financing was initially scheduled … Continue reading

Consumer Reviews Reveal 20 Most Popular “WOW” Cruise Ships for Families

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas and Celebrity Eclipse top the list of the 20 most popular cruise ships for families. The list is based on reviews from thousands of cruise travelers gathered between January and June 2014 by CruiseCompete, … Continue reading