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

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

Hotel Review: Red Roof PLUS + Secaucus/Meadowlands, NJ

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Review by Ron Bernthal Before checking into the Red Roof Plus+ Secaucus/Meadowlands I tried to imagine what type of property this would be, sitting in the shadow of a busy highway overpass in the semi-industrial city of Secaucus, New Jersey, … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Sonesta Collection ES Suites, Burlington/Boston, MA

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    Review by Ron Bernthal In 2014 the Sonesta Collection of hotels and resorts launched their Sonesta ES Suites brand, with “ES” the abbreviation for Extended Stay, one of the fastest growing hotel categories. I really like most extended … Continue reading

Hotel Review: The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine

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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