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I hadn't been on the skis in 17 years. It’s not that anything scary happened on the slopes. It’s just been kind of busy in Koch Land, raising kids, traveling for work, writing and trying to create balance in my crazy working crazy life. Whenever skiing came up, my husband said, why don’t we just go somewhere warm? So, we did. But, last year, an invitation to go skiing in Park City came from a...

5 Mountain Resorts to Merge Bunny slope, Moguls and Merlot Skiing as a family ranks high on the vacation hot list. But, how you transition your fearful kid into a fearless downhill Ninja is as important as where this milestone takes place. Newsflash: Snow is only part of the equation. You need to think about lift lines and crowds. Whether ski in/ski out accommodations-and ski valet- are a possibility. And, investigate the quality of the ski...

Some assignments are pure pleasure. Like, writing the data-driven World’s Best pieces for Travel + Leisure. This year we had some newcomers. But, one thing is clear: T+L readers love Hawaii. Florida, Mexico, Southern California and South Carolina, too. Toss in some classically glorious properties in Michigan, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, GA, mix with a Caribbean paradise and dreamy slice of Costa Rica and you’ve got our WB Family Beach list for 2016. Written by editors...

How to increase organization, avoid over packing, and arm yourself for potential travel disasters Any way you look at it, packing is a chore. A recurring entry on one’s to-do list that holds as much allure as emptying your child’s 3-day old gym bag. But, a vacation is on the books, so, pack you must. Though every fiber in your body tells you to procrastinate, do not give in. Last minute packers are over-packers. Especially when you...

If you are looking for an adventure in 2016, here is your ultimate resource. Once a year, Travel + Leisure creates the Where to Go in 2016 Master list, a cheat sheet of hot spots around the globe that are capturing the attention of plugged-in writers and editors. Whether you want to trek in Tanzania or check out the made-in Montana charm of Bozeman (Yes, a plug for my piece, #41), bookmark this slideshow for...

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 my story on Travel+Leisure here!...

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 destination the entire family will enjoy can be the most daunting task. Cities like New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Charleston are easy to get to and ooze a brand of...

(Tough, but someone’s got to do it!)   You’re headed to Paris, gastronomic capital of Europe. You loved Hemingway’s A Movable Feast, belong to your local wine society, and routinely julienne vegetables with visions of Julia Child flitting through your head. And yet, you become anxious. How can you capture the culinary essence of Paris in a few short days? Bon chance! A cross-section of excellent walking tours focused on the city’s gastronomic delights offer hungry travelers the...

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 within the hotel’s smack-in-the-middle-of-everything Rush Street lobby. To keep things interesting, flavors are rotated weekly and announced on Wednesdays via Primehouse social media platforms. What’s new? This summer Executive Pastry...