Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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Often, smaller is better, at least when it comes to tackling New York City’s cultural institutions. Sure, you should experience the mega museums – the Met, MoMA, Whitney, Guggenheim, American Museum of Natural History – but there are alternatives: smaller spots that supply a rich...

We visited Angor Wat in 2001. It had recently been opened to the public and was virtually empty, save groups of monks, their colorful robes blowing in the wind. There were no rules, no guards, no cordoned off areas. . .In fact, our guide Bug encouraged...

There are a slew of “lifestyle” newcomers-stylish hotels at an affordable price- sweeping the nation. But, How can you tell if the lodgings that you are considering will live up to the hype? I worked with a team of T+L editors to decode the hype. Read...

As the temperatures go south, consider doing the same: these southern cities are high in temperatures, appeal, and charm. As temperatures start heading south in most of the country, maybe you should do the same. As it so often goes with planning a vacation, choosing a...

The minute I walk in, I know I’ve been duped. Yet another hipster hotel disguised as a “luxury boutique” property. I sigh with disappointment as I take in the tell tale signs: unappealing 50s furniture, brown, Motel 6 style carpeting, cheap window treatments, framed posters,...

  sCHECK OUT THE 606/ BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL This 2.7 mile park and trail system runs along Bloomingdale Ave (1800 N), from Ridgeway Ave (3750 W) on the west to Ashland Ave (1600 W) on the east through the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Humboldt...

I travel to many exotic spots. But, one of my favorite places to visit with my family is Washington DC. The city's image may be massive. But, DC is actually quite small which makes it super easy to navigate and conquer. On this quick two night...

When seasoned travelers are told that a hotel promises an “authentic” experience, the visceral response is an eye roll. Authenticity is a vibe, not an adjective that can be blithely assigned to a space. But this type of emotional nirvana—the warm glow of intuitively connecting...

David Burke’s Primehouse at The James Hotel is known for massive steaks and classic, gut expanding sides. But, for summer, the restaurant veers from its meat and potato repertoire with a super cool ice cream program, a Friday afternoon Pop Up ice cream shop located...