Hotels with Hearth and History

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

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

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

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: 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

Flight Review: JetBlue New York JFK – Houston Hobby

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

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

    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

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