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Here are a few favorite stories from 2014, in no particular order...

01

In Winnipeg, a Skating Trail Doubles as a Sculpture Park

A New York Times travel feature on Winnipeg's river skating trail and the architect-designed warming huts along it.

 

02

Can This Berry Solve Both Obesity and World Hunger?

In Chicago, chef Homaro Cantu opens Berrista predicated on the miracle berry that makes sugar-free dishes taste sweet, profiled in Smithsonian.com.

 

03

Sport Like An Irishman

For Virtuoso Life, I spend a week fishing, shooting, birding, boasting and drinking at four Irish estate resorts. My 20-pound salmon held the annual record in Cong last year.

 

04

Ghost Towns, Puffins and Unspoiled Views

Featured in the New York Times travel section, Newfoundland's rugged Bonavista Peninsula turns to tourism after the cod fishing moratorium.

 

05

Where to Go Next

For Private Clubs magazine, I interview travel bigwigs including Geoffrey Kent of Abercrombie & Kent plus seven more on emerging destinations from Iran to Uruguay.

 

06

52 Places to Go in 2015

The New York Times Travel section's annual round up of trend-setting, emerging and newsworthy places to visit in the new year includes my four contributions: Yellowstone National Park; Manchester, England; San Antonio; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

07

National Geographic's Best of the World 2015  

National Geographic Traveler's annual Best of the World list of places to go in 2015 covers 20 destinations, of which I contributed two: Australia's Mornington Peninsula and Port Antonio, Jamaica.

 

08

Kyoto Uncovered

For Departures magazine, this story surveys the boom of new museums and hotels and the cult appreciation for ancient crafts in the Imperial capital of Japan.

 

09

Test Driving a Jucy, the Camper for the Rest of Us 

I recruited by oldest roommate -- my sister -- and we cruised the Sonoma County wine country with our apartment on wheels, the mini-van-sized Jucy camper from New Zealand, and lived to tell the tale for the Dallas Morning News.

 

10

Economic Booster

The story of Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, millionaire Zita Cobb's tribute to and potential engine for sustaining the community on tiny Fogo Island in Newfoundland in Private Clubs magazine.

 

11

Can A Hotel Boycott Change a Sultan's Policy?

An analysis of the Beverly Hills Hotel boycott inspired by the institution of Shariah laws in the home country of owner Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, in the New York Times.

 

 

 

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