Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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She’s boisterous, beautiful, and so dynamic that prolonged exposure to her charms is known to weaken the senses. New York City is a siren. Give her a few days and she will seduce you with her beguiling brand of grit and glamour. Pick your passion....

Sometimes, a mom has to exit stage left. Organizing lives, keeping house, wiping butts and noses and producing science fair volcanoes with precision and a smile sucks the hours from one's day. As a card carrying member of the supremely stressed syndicate, I grow resentful that...

It was a slight bitch to get there, an early morning flight, connection, customs. But, when I arrived at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula,  84 degree temps and a welcome margarita put the kabosh on irritation. At first glance, I was in...

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...