I write about travel with a focus on food, art, culture, luxury travel, and quirky, off-beat locations.
I'm a frequent contributor to the travel and food sections of The Boston Globe, and am a travel correspondent covering Europe and the Americas for ShowBoats International. My writing has also been featured in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, American Way Magazine, The Robb Report, Yankee Magazine, Modern Farmer, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post, and the literary magazine, Tin House. I'm a co-contributor to the travel column, Here, There, and Everywhere, appearing weekly in The Boston Globe.
A freelance writer with an MFA from Mass College of Art, I often publish my own photographs and illustrations to accompany my stories. My special interest—some might say obsession—is the world of oysters and shucking competitions.
Hvar, Croatia--The late afternoon sun sparkles on the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea as we motor along the southern Dalmatian coast. Silhouetted islands undulate on the horizon, their blue-gray shapes appearing soft and dreamy, like casually draped scarves. The illusion of softness dissipates as we approach Hvar Island’s dramatic limestone and dolomite cliffs en route to the capital city, also named Hvar.
A former fishing village-turned-important naval base in the era of the Venetian Republic, Hvar today is an upscale destination offering culinary delights, chic cocktail bars and lux accommodations. Yet for all its reputation as nightlife-loving party island—which indeed it still is—Hvar is also a place of wild beauty where sweet-scented lavender, olive trees and indigenous grape varietals thrive on rock-and pine-covered hills, and seemingly endless small quiet coves await discovery. It’s a destination unlike any other with the best of two worlds, the solitude of nature and the vibrancy of city life....continue reading