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

Fogo Island Journal: At the edge of a continent, a melding of design and nature

Fogo Island Inn  (photo Alex Fradkin)

Fogo Island Journal: At the edge of a continent, a melding of design and nature “By January it had always been winter.” ― Annie Proulx, The Shipping News By Ron Bernthal On brisk winter mornings guests at the Fogo Island … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton

Exterior Reichshof Hamburg,  Curio Collection by Hilton   (photo Ron Bernthal)

Hotel Review: Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton Review by Ron Bernthal During a recent business trip to Hamburg, Germany, I took a fast metro train from the airport to the center of the city, a pleasant 25-minute ride. I … 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: 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

Hotel Review: STREAMSONG RESORT

Streamsong main Lodge

BY RON BERNTHAL Why make so much of fragmentary blue In here and there a bird, or butterfly, Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye, When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue? Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven … Continue reading